Is death penalty justified?
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Anyway, death penalty is something which is very important in the smooth functioning of a nation. I am really sorry but I'll be giving my arguments on this point (along with examples) only in the next round.
I am looking forward to an enriching exchange.
Often, I have read about people discussing the fact that these people who are given the death penalty have the right to live but the idea seems an insult to those who die in terror attacks. It almost feels like the government doesn't care about the ones who die in such incidents. I believe that the death penalty is justified when given to people who have claimed the lives of others. I believe that they do not have the right to live if they decide to take up other's lives.
Also, I hate it when people tell me, "Why should we stoop to their level and commit murder?". If we do not sentence these people to death penalty, then what about justice? People also say that life imprisonment is a better option but looking at the number of cases where inmates have escaped justice, it doesn't seem so. Another aspect that comes into picture is the mindset of the people. With strict punishments like Saudi Arabia has (though I don't agree with all forms of their punishments) people who are willing to commit crimes are forced to rethink their course of action due to the strict policing. If such punishments are not given then people seem to lose their fear of law. To ensure that law is maintained, punishments have to strict and must be enforced.
Moreover, installing death penalty can have the exact opposite effect and create a belief that government is seeking the oppression of its population. I doubt that homosexuals in Saudi Arabia see their government as pursuing their welfare, when, in this country, same-sex intercourse is punished by death .
My opponent then argues that people deciding to take up other's lives do not have the right to live. This argument means that soldiers fighting for a country's peace, as well as policemen defending themselves, will also lose their right to live, should they come to kill in their line of duty. One can easily see the absurdity of such a line of thought.
While my opponent frequently uses the term "justice," he fails to define it. Quoting the Cambridge Dictionary, justice is the "fairness in the way people are dealt with." If my opponent believes that fairness consists in a murderer being murdered, he should agree likewise that rapists be raped and torturers be tortured. I sincerely doubt that people would agree with such an idea of fairness.
My opponent finally argues that capital punishment would have a preventive effect, and that would-be murderers are more likely to commit murder in a state where capital punishment doesn't exist. The National Research Council has reported that such an effect has been neither confirmed nor refuted , so that there is no basis for such a statement.
Let me conclude by pointing out that the main drawback of death penalty is that it doesn't allow for any mistake. No matter how good-willed it is, no justice system is perfect, and each and every one of them is bound to make errors of judgement. While it is possible to give someone back her liberty should her innocence be proven after the life sentence has been pronounced, it is not the case for death penalty. Is it right to sacrifice lives of innocent people, just to be sure that murderers do not escape justice?
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Vote Placed by dsjpk5 1 year ago
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