Mend it, Don’t End it
Remember when you were 5 years old and that little boy pinched your arm, so naturally you pinched him back? It’s what he deserves, you probably thought. You weren’t wrong either! You get back what you give out. The same idea stands true for capitol punishment. The only proportional consequence to taking away somebody’s life, is to lose your own. This is why I support the resolution that capitol punishment is justified in cases of murder. Not only is capitol punishment fair, but also it is proven in academic studies to deter crimes in our nation. Academic proof supporting the death penalty has gone unnoticed in the past couple of years. Scientists have been studying the theory of if the cost of something becomes too high; people will change their behavior. Meaning, if by killing somebody your own life gets taken away, will people stop their behavior? The answer has been yes. Several academic studies have helped scientists come to the conclusion that an average of eighteen lives would be saved if each convicted killer were executed. (Tanner) Significant economists from our nation like Isaac Ehrlich and Paul Rubin support capitol punishment. Naci Mocan, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Denver states, “Science does really draw a conclusion. It did. There is no question about it. The conclusion is there is a deterrent effect… I oppose the death penalty. But my results show that the death penalty (deters) – what am I going to do, hide them?” Paul Rubin, another economist and also a co-author of an Emory University study states, “Some scientists are out seeking the truth, and some of them have a position they’d like to defend.” (Tanner) Although some people may not like the concept of capitol punishment, evidence shows that it is vital in our society because it deters serious criminal events Not only are there academic studies that have been done to prove the benefits of capitol punishment, but there are real world examples as well. To help prove this point, data from the year of 2007 reveals that Minnesota hasn’t had the death penalty since 1911. In 2007 alone, there were 116 murders and 1,873 rapes. Nebraska, a close by state of Minnesota, still has the death penalty today. In 2007 there were only 68 murders and 527 rapes. Minnesota had two times more murders than Nebraska and more than 3 times more rapes. Even though one cannot be executed for rape, it has been noticed that many rape victims have also been murdered. (SWAWDP) The fact that these two states are in the same general location of the United States is important because they have around the same population, as well, and are similar to one another. Also, Illinois had gotten rid of capitol punishment in their state in 2000. In the following four years, an additional 150 murders occurred on top of their average number of murders a year. (Tanner) Without capitol punishment being enforced in our country, murder rates begin to skyrocket along with other criminal offenses. If the death penalty was abolished completely, that means there could only be worse outcomes to follow. Capitol punishment is also logically and morally right. The death penalty adds a sense of confidence and trust in the criminal justice system. This is because capitol punishment is the only proportional punishment to the crimes committed and people in communities want to know that they are protected. It wouldn’t be fair if someone who murdered your family got away with a couple thousand-dollar fine, and was set free. That doesn’t set right for the family of the victim who’s own life was taken away. Capitol punishment is logical because it is used in the right manner. In no cases is it used in an unfair or discriminatory manner and always has sufficient evidence, as well. Governor Lynch of New Hampshire stated, “I believe strongly that there are some crimes so heinous that the death penalty is warranted. As a state, we’ve used our death penalty statute...
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