Prof. Ed Stever
March 24, 2015
The majority of Americans support capital punishment, and there are some who don’t. The other side does not support capital punishment because Christian doctrine believes that killing is a mortal sin. There are some government officials who do support the death penalty and are there some who do not support the death penalty. Therefore, capital punishment should be utilized in all 50 states. In the Fifth Amendment there is no mention of capital punishment, but rather it states that no person shall be deprived of life without due process. “This mean that before an execution certain legal procedures-such as formal arrest, and a trial-must be followed” (“Capital Punishment”1). In the early 1900s most of the states had adopted a new type of capital punishment that gave juries the right to convict a person to life in prison, or to the death penalty. Why do some people support capital punishment? According to Gallup’s most recent poll in 2006, one out of every two Americans support capital punishment (“Death Penalty Deters Crime”2). The reason why people support capital punishment is if someone can go out and kill another person then you could get killed as well, because nobody has right to go around killing others. Another reason people support the death penalty is because they believe it can save lives, so then a murderer can’t kill anymore. According to Pew Research Center states that roughly 53% say that capital punishment fits the crime or a murderer deserve sit. "A smaller share raises concerns about the costs of keeping murderers in prison for life (15%)” (“Continued Majority” 2). Another reason why American people do support death penalty believe that people have a medical illness should be put to death. The reason why people feel medical illness should be exempt from capital punishment. Another reason medical illness people should put to death when they commit crime plead not guilty by reason of insanity, therefore, some judges said that you can be put in a rehabilitation center so you can get better. Only problem with that is there is no guarantee that the person with the medical illness is rehabilitated. How come some people don’t support capital punishment? According to Pew Research center most recent poll in 2011, found out that 37% of Americans do not support the death penalty (National Polls 2). The reason people do not support capital punishment is because they believe that it is not right to kill the murderer even though they have committed a murder. A reason people do not support the death penalty is because sometimes the wrong person is convicted of a crime they did not commit. All because a screw up in DNA in the lab where they test DNA. Another reason why people do not support capital punishment because they believe that sin, it is a kill another person because we not one god. “There are as many degrees of guilt and culpability as there are crimes yet the death penalty imposes one definitive, final indiscriminate punishment on all halting action of the Holy Spirit on condemned person’s soul for eternity” (“Christian Doctrinet”1). Many of our upbringing and surrounding creates our social pathologies. (1). In turn social pathologists believe that killing the murderer is not the solution. Many religious people do not support the death penalty, because the Bible which states in James “4:12 says that GOD is the only one who can take a life in the name of justice”. Majority of American that do not support death penalty believe that people have a medical illness shouldn’t be put to death. July 2011, Levi Aron was convicted of kidnapping murdering of Leiby Klezky 8 year old in the Brooklyn (“Mental Illnesses”2). Aron’s attorneys point out that has history of psychiatry disorder (2). A person that can hear voices in their heads. Therefore Aron will plead not guilty by reason of insanity,...
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