The Death Penalty is wrong
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The death penalty is not the solution. Love is.
I will be taking the position of Con, which is that the death penalty is sometimes necessary and is the best choice.
1. Crime and Punishment- Crimes must be punished, or else the criminal will repeat the crime. For most crimes, smaller punishments are enough in order to deter the criminal from committing a crime again. Pro has stated that two wrongs do not make a right, yet punishment is not a wrong when in the hands of fair justice. The death penalty is just a extreme form of punishment, only meted out when strictly necessary.
2. Protecting Innocents- The death penalty is necessary only in rare cases, where other punishment is not enough. Some criminals' crimes are so severe that it is very dangerous to keep them alive. For example, a murderer who has killed dozens of innocent citizens might be sentenced to death. Obviously, this murderer must be punished in order to make sure that other people aren't harmed again. This murderer who has a blatant disregard for human life does not deserve to live. The death penalty is not used for revenge or any dark purpose, it is only to ensure that the criminal cannot harm innocent people again.
3. Fairness of the Law- The law in present times is very fair. Proof and evidence is needed in order to sentence someone to death. Pro has mentioned the Salem Witch Trials, which is not applicable in present day. People are innocent until proven guilty, and the death penalty is only used when it is certain that the criminal has committed the crime. After all, the death penalty is only the solution for extreme cases.
Based on these points, I am arguing that the death penalty should be kept as an option for extreme cases. It should be sparingly used, but still open as an option for when necessary.
Also, the method used in the death penalty is very carefully tested to make sure it is painless and quick. Currently, the method most used is lethal injection, which is relatively humane. A commonly used drug is sodium thiopental, which is used as an anesthetic when given in lower doses. At a lethal dose, the prisoner would not feel anything (1).
Again, the death penalty is only used in spare cases, and so should be left as an option of last resort.
alwaysmetara forfeited this round.
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Vote Placed by Beverlee 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's argument was more complex, but I can't see how it would sway a critic. Despite this, I could not recognize Pro's statements as arguments as much as opinions. When Pro says that the death penalty might make mistakes, I think that is convincing. I would have scored for that if it had been supported better. I gave conduct for the FF>
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