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Orionsdream
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Capital Punishment

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Started: 2/22/2012 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jawyer

Pro

Close to 90 countries have the death penalty, but nowhere is it debated so often as in the United States where each state can formulate its own policy according to the Constitution. 38 of the 50 states allow the death penalty as a sentence although some, such as Illinois, have recently imposed a moratorium while they study the arguments for and against.

This shall be an interesting debate and since it is easier to argue against, i will let my opposition have that advantage and i will be pro for this debate.

I await acceptance from anybody who wishes to...
Orionsdream

Con

Though I don't agree that this is easier to argue agains, I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
jawyer

Pro

CON has accepted! :D

The principle of capital punishment is that certain murderers deserve nothing less than death as a just, proportionate and effective punishment. There are problems with the death penalty, but these are with its implementation rather than its principle.

Murderers forgo their rights as humans at the moment when they take away the rights of another human. By wielding such a powerful punishment as the response to murder, society is affirming the value that is placed upon the right to life of the innocent person. Many more innocent people have been killed by released, paroled or escaped murderers than innocent people executed.

Capital punishment is 100% effective as a deterrent to the criminal being executed; that killer cannot commit any more crimes. As a deterrent to others, it depends on how effectively the death penalty is applied; in the USA where less than 1% of murderers are executed, it is difficult to assess the true effect of deterrence. But for example, a 1985 study (Stephen K. Layson, University of North Carolina) showed that 1 execution deterred 18 murders.

I invite my opponent, CON, to rebutt to these and present his arguement against the death penalty...

Good luck to you, CON :P
Orionsdream

Con

Orionsdream forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
jawyer

Pro

my opponent has forfeited from refuting my argument. how disappointing :(
Orionsdream

Con

Orionsdream forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
jawyer

Pro

Con has forfeited, hopefully he will stay around for the next round.
Orionsdream

Con

Orionsdream forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
jawyer

Pro

jawyer forfeited this round.
Orionsdream

Con

Orionsdream forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
7 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 7 records.
Posted by Zealous1 4 years ago
Zealous1
I'm against capital punishment because of cost, for it because of morals.
Posted by jawyer 4 years ago
jawyer
i would be happy to, thank you 16adams
Posted by 16kadams 4 years ago
16kadams
If he wants
Posted by 16kadams 4 years ago
16kadams
I'll debate pro on this later
Posted by 16kadams 4 years ago
16kadams
Pro. XD
Posted by jawyer 4 years ago
jawyer
@Zealous1
in real life I'm against it. However, in this debate I have to argue for it
Posted by Zealous1 4 years ago
Zealous1
Are you for or against Capital Punishment?
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