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Juris
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THBT Death penalty is necessary

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/7/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Juris

Con

Round 1 is acceptance

I am against death penalty; while my opponent is for death penalty.

plethora24

Pro

The death penalty is necessary to keep crime in check. It also is the ideal punishment for someone who has murdered several people or murdered even one person in a cruel and unusual way. You might say that two wrongs don't make a right, but the death penalty would not count as a wrong because it is removing a possible endangerment of US citizens. The government gives us the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and if the government did not stop a criminal that had murdered many people and would possibly do it again, it would be taking away our rights as citizens of the United States. It is possible to put a criminal/mass murderer on life without parole in prison, but this still has a chance of them escaping prison and murdering more people. Also, the death penalty is only given after extensive research into the crime and can only be given when the government is 100% sure about the decision. Anyways, would you want to spend the rest of your life in a prison with absolutely no chance of getting out legally?
Debate Round No. 1
Juris

Con

Point

Death penalty does not deter crime. According to the National Research Council, those studies that claim that death penalty is an effective deterrent to murder were weak. Furthermore, a 2009 survey of criminologists revealed that over 88% believed the death penalty was NOT a deterrent to murder.1 Another is that states in the US that do not have death penalty have lower murder rates than states that do have.The U.S., with the death penalty, has a higher murder rate than the countries of Europe or Canada, which do not use the death penalty.2

Rebuttals:

It also is the ideal punishment for someone who has murdered several people or murdered even one person in a cruel and unusual way.
Killing a human being has never been an ideal punishment. Life imprisonment is the ideal way to punish offenders as they will feel suffering for many years compared to instant death.

It is possible to put a criminal/mass murderer on life without parole in prison, but this still has a chance of them escaping prison and murdering more people.
Improving the security and intelligence in the prison cell is the solution, not death penalty.

Also, the death penalty is only given after extensive research into the crime and can only be given when the government is 100% sure about the decision.
There is no perfect justice system in the world, we can never be 100% sure.






Sources:

1 http://www.amnestyusa.org...

2 http://deathpenaltycurriculum.org...

plethora24

Pro

plethora24 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Juris

Con

Thank you! hope you post the next round.
plethora24

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
plethora24

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
Juris

Con

Have you been punished by death?
plethora24

Pro

plethora24 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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