The death penalty has been part of societies legal systems for centuries, being regarded as a necessary deterrent to horrendous crimes, and a way to liberate communities of dangerous criminals. China, the US, Iran and others preserve the death penalty, while we, like Canada, New Zealand and almost all European nations have abolished capital punishment from our legal system.
The death penalty is almost as old as the history of mankind. Various means of capital punishment involved burning, hanging, drowning, crucifixion, boiling to death, and electrocution. But nowadays a lethal injection is used. A lot less painful, and a lot more boring.
We need to support the death penalty, simply as a retaliation to murder. We were always told as kids, not to retaliate, but human instinct has always been that, if someone hits you – you hit them back. The death penalty is just a formal way of putting, “you kill someone, you will be killed.”
The issues that arise from having capital punishment usually evolve around to which crimes the punishment is extended to. Murder is easy; it is fair that one who has taken the life of another should suffer death. Drug dealers are a little shadier, there dealings may be monstrous, however they do not violate human lives, so they should be acquitted from capital punishment. Political crimes should not be punished with death, as this could open the way to political repression and physical elimination of political rivals, as it happened in Stalin’s times in the Soviet Union.
There are some religious groups that claim that only God can take a human life and human being are then not sanctioned to kill each other. However, in the Hebrew Scriptures there is evidence that Jews applied death penalty to criminals for selected types of crime.
In a research paper “Is Capital Punishment Morally Required? The Relevance of Life-Life Tradeoffs” by Cass R. Susstein and Adrian Vermeule,...