Death Penalty

Death Penalty

Should Murder Be Punishable by Death?

The enforcement of the death penalty has always been a controversial topic in America. The death penalty dates back to the fourteenth century. Although, in America the death penalty was not used until 1608 in Virginia. It was brought to the Americans by the European settlers when they came to the new world. Their influence of capital punishment was so strong that America was using the death penalty more than any other country. If enforced, the death penalty will reduce crime rate by removing the chance of repeat killings and by deterring violence.

Although it may seem that the majority of Americans are against the death penalty, it is just the opposite. Historically, support of the death penalty has been favored by Americans for over two decades. Seven out of ten Americans are for the death penalty for criminals convicted of murder. In 1987, Gary Gilmore shot two gas station attendants, and when Americans were polled on whether they thought the death penalty should be used or not, 62% supported the death penalty in this case. Also, 64% of Americans supported the death penalty with Timothy McVeigh, the suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing. One of the more recent polls taken also show that now 71% of voters favor I believe capital punishment is a good way to deter violence. It removes the chance of repeat murders through execution. Ernest van den Haag, a professor of Jurisprudence at Fordham University, says, Even though statistical demonstrations are not conclusive, and perhaps cannot anything else. They fear most death scheduled by the courts (“Deterrence”).

If murderers are sentenced to death, then potential murderers may think twice before killing for fear of losing In my opinion, the death penalty is a way to save other prisoners, who may not have committed such a serious crime, and cell guards’ lives. Steven D. Stewart, a prosecuting attorney, says, “Life without parole does not eliminate the risk that the prisoner will murder a guard or another inmate and we should not be compelled to take that risk” (Stewart).

A good example of this is Westley Allen Dodd, who was executed in Washington in 1993 for rape and murder of three boys. He said he would kill a guard, if necessary, to escape, and the only way to stop him from doing this would be to kill him. If the judge in this case knew this man was capable of murder, then why take the risk of keeping him Also in my opinion, the death penalty is a way of saving lives. In 1973, Isaac Ehrlich conducted a new kind of study which produced results showing that for every inmate executed, seven lives were saved because others were deterred from committing murder. Since Texas adopted the death penalty, Houston has now executed more murderers than any other state. Consequently, the murder rate in Texas has dropped 63% of what it had been before the death penalty. England has a lower murder rate than any of the United States major cities, and they execute more than two hundred criminals a year. (“Deterrence”)

I also believe the bible shows support for capital punishment. Jesus states in the Sermon on the Mount, “Obedience will be rewarded with life; disobedience will be punished with destruction.” Dr. Baruch Levine interprets this saying as, “A God who rewards with life and punishes with death is one whose laws provide for death as a judicial punishment” (‘Deterrence’). Also Gen. 9:6 says, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.” This leads me to believe if a person kills another human being than that person deserves to die as well.