Ms. Verona Seymour
September 20, 2013
Informal text-based essay
Should capital punishment be abolished?
Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. A person being punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual process of killing the person is an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences. The term capital originates from the Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head" (referring to execution by beheading). Capital punishment has, in the past, been practiced by most societies. Currently fifty-eight nations actively practice it, ninety-seven countries have abolished it for all crimes, eight have abolished it for ordinary crimes only (maintain it for special circumstances such as war crimes), and thirty-five have abolished it (have not used it for at least ten years and/or are under moratorium) . Amnesty International considers most countries abolitionist, overall, the organization considers one hundred forty countries to be abolitionist in law or practice. On the other hand, murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human, and generally this premeditated state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter). A person who commits murder is called a murderer. As the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim, and the commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society, most societies both present and in the distant past have considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In most countries, a person convicted of murder is typically given a long prison sentence, possibly a life sentence where permitted, and in some countries, the death penalty may be imposed for such an act, though this practice is becoming less common. Capital Punishment and Murder both involves the act of killing an individual and this is my reason why I think Capital Punishment should be abolished. According to the definitions of both Capital Punishment and Murder, they both involves the death of an individual. After that realization, what is honestly the difference between Murder and Capital Punishment? Does it really matter who executes the killing? As I previously stated in the introduction, the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim. There is an unfortunate misconception that capital punishment is acceptable just because it is a law. However, people fail to understand bills were written and voted on by humans to become law. If a human being is capable of manufacturing a mistake, wouldn’t a group of human beings be susceptible to making the same mistakes? Apparently from the responses of many Bahamians on Bahamian outlets like My 5 cents and other shows, those humans are mistake free. How can that be? I don’t remember a time in my young college career where I’ve receive all A’s on my transcript so how can I hand out an A+ to for each bill passed in to by the government in to law? The answer is that it isn’t possible to do. This isn’t possible for many reasons. Firstly, not everybody votes for the same government. Secondly, not every bill goes to a referendum. Lastly, the position of the government isn’t reflective of view everybody of the Bahamian public.
Many Bahamians not only feel as if the death penalty should be kept but the opinion of the overwhelming majority is that the death penalty should be carried out more frequently with hopes that the fear of death will discourage the murderous individual from murdering another soul. Unfortunately, many Bahamians don’t realize this is fool’s gold. For example, if you were to get stung by a wasp, in many cases you would murder the wasp for that ungraceful act but does that...
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