A Summary on Death Penalty

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Persuasive Speech
Ariel Larson
COM 101-4006
Death Penalty
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience that the death penalty should be nationally legal. Central Ideas: Share the benefits of death penalty by explaining some of the basics, providing you with some statistics, sharing stories with you of some people who have been executed, argue the biggest conflicts affecting this debate, and explain how executions are punishment and a safety precaution. Introduction

I. A family of four returns home after spending time on vacation together. The family walks into their house and is welcomed home with a gun in their faces. The father and the two boys are beaten and shot and the mother is tied up, beaten, raped, and then, too, murdered. When the man who murdered this family was captured by local police, the public found out that he had already served 15 years of a life sentence after killing his own half-brother. Though many citizens wanted this man to be executed, it was not legal because there is no death penalty in North Dakota. Instead, tax payers and spending their money to keep this man alive with a firm roof over his head and three meals a day in a prison. II. The issue of a death penalty is argued nation-wide, even world-wide today. III. After all my research I, too, have come to the conclusion that there should a death penalty throughout the entirety of our country. IV. Today I would like to share with you the benefits of death penalty by explaining some of the basics, providing you with some statistics, sharing stories with you of some people who have been executed, argue the biggest conflicts affecting this debate, explain how executions are punishment and a safety precaution, and tell you what you can do to make a difference.

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I. BASICS: First you must understand some basics about the death penalty. A. Another name for the death penalty is capital punishment. B. The death penalty has been used as a means of punishment throughout history dating to times before Jesus. C. In 1976, the Supreme Court overruled a previous proposal and declared that the death penalty was constitutional. D. The Death Penalty Information Center states that there are 33 death penalty states and 17 non-death penalty states as of last Wednesday. [Now that you understand the basics, I’d like to provide you with some statistics about the death penalty.] II. STATISTICS:

E. While researching the death penalty I was absolutely shocked at the amount of time being focused on the number of murderers being executed. i. Rarely did the research tell you of the number of victims these murderers took before being placed on death row. ii. For the 1,000 people executed there were 2,600 victims meaning that each executed inmate killed on average about 3 people. iii. 2,600 people were the actual victims while the family and friends lives were also changed by these murder’s actions. F. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney shows that all types of people are on death row including male and female, white, black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian. The graph shows you that the majority of inmates are white. G. Dudley Sharp, the Death Penalty Resources Director, claims that there is a 6:1 ratio of white versus black on death row and a 4:1 ratio of white victims versus black victims. This proves the opponent’s allegations of a racist death penalty to be false. [Now that you have heard some statistics I would like to tell you stories about a couple of men that were executed.] III. STORIES: Charmaine Hall, a professor at University of California, illustrates a couple of the thousands of murder stories for us. H. The man on the left was Kenneth Lee Boyd. He murdered his wife when they were having problems and her father. Kenneth murdered the two in front of his three kids aged 10, 12, and 13. He was executed for his crime. I. The man on the...
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