Speech and Public Speaking
11 December 2014
Capital Punishment: Simply a Necessity
Imagine you’re at work. You know your daughter is getting off the bus just about this time. The
thought of something bad happening to her never even crosses your mindthis is the same routine every day. However, a man is sitting in her closet. He knows what time you leave for work in the morning. He knows what time she gets on the bus to go to school. He knows what time she gets off the bus, and the time you get home. He knows everything because he’s smart. He’s calculating and he’s done this before. He has been planning this for a while. He’s been watching the way your family lives, and today is the day he’s planning to attack. She gets off the bus and goes into her house, the same as she does every day. Later on, you wonder what was going through her mind: If she felt something strange when she entered the house. Maybe she did, maybe not. Either way, she’s gone now and you know by the bad look in the detective’s eyes, that she didn’t go peacefully.
Imagine you’re sitting in the courtroom. You are watching her killer, you’re trying to figure out, why, why my baby? You watch him day after day. His eyes are cold and lifeless. What is going on behind them? What is he thinking? How could a human being do something like this to another human being? You keep thinking about life in prison versus the death penalty. You keep thinking about your daughter and how she didn’t get to choose. She didn’t get a chance to do anything she planned for her future. You think about how you may feel as you watch him being executed. He’s proud of what he’s done. He’s thinking, ‘look at me, look what I did. You won’t ever forget me.’ He’s right. You will never forget him. But you may get peace knowing that he ...
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