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Should the death penalty be abolished, along with life imprisonment?

  • So many reasons why

    Let's say one of the Achilles Lauro hijackers who killed that wheelchair-bound man is imprioned and the death penalty is legal in Italy. For those of you who know what he did, you may not need much convincing as to why a sadistic murderer who killed a paralyzed man deserves to get the death penalty.

    Still not convinced?

    If we execute him:
    He's not staying in jail,
    He's not wasting taxpayer's money on his wellbeing,
    He's not going to live out his life and become a celebrity or a martyr,
    He's not going to get out for good behavior and have a chance at life he doesn't deserve,
    He's not going to go back to killing people and taking away someone's mother, father, daughter, brother, husband, or wife.

    Because he is dead.

    And he made the active choice to coldly murder that defenseless man in front of his wife, who was suffering from cancer.

  • I am talking solely about the death penalty. (I think life imprisonment is acceptable

    Here are my reasons:
    a) nobody has the right to take a life. The moment you kill someone for murder, the same should be done to you (according to your own thoughts);
    b) there is the possibility that there is a judgement mistake (you blame someone for murder even though that person did not do it);
    c) there are certain mental disabilities leading to murder and cruel behaviour;
    d) the person's environment could be propicious for cruel ideals to propagate (and that is the government's fault).
    E) there are things acceptable in todays' society (like death penalty) that may not be acceptable in the future.
    F) it is a permanent solution for a temporary problem.

  • Life in prison deters crime

    Strict penalties for major crimes deters criminals from committing crimes. Also, to respond to the environment makes the person a criminal, if the person is in jail his whole life, how can he become a criminal on the streets?? That argument makes no sense. Life in prison deters crimes from occurring

  • People need to be punished

    People need to be punished for egregious crimes they've committed. While the criminal penalties in the US today are absurd (especially mandatory sentencing), on the other end of the spectrum, some people are true dangers to society. Going too far in either direction is almost never the ideal solution to an issue.

  • 2 Wrongs don't make a right, or it'll leave the whole world blind.

    Everything is a chain reaction, if we imprison people, or kill them for killing, not only are we hypocrits, (What if that person killed people for killing people? Just because it's the government, justifies it?) that person had family and friends, or they did what they did because they were hurt inside. We do this because we think getting rid of trouble makers in the world will keep peace, when it does the opposite, as peace cannot be achieved with force, but only by understanding (Einstein) and secondly, overall, countries that have abolished the death penalty tend to have lower serious crime rates than those that do still keep it. Canada got rid of the death penalty, most of Europe, Most of the Americas too!

  • Let's try to look at crime in a rational way

    Human behaviour is mostly determined by the environment. By killing or by putting people in jail for life we won't solve crime at all. Since every human being is different, every human beings need a different "cure". In fact we can look at crime as being some sort of disease. And what do we do with really ill people? We might put them under quarantine (or prison for criminals) for a while and we try to cure them.
    Finally if the "patient" is fine after therapy we don't keep him under quarantine: he's free to go. The same should be with criminals. If they are cured there's no reason to keep'em in jail any longer. If they are not cured after a few years then we shouldn't give up.

  • There is no question.

    Who are we to measure the worth of someone's life? How is it ok for us to say that because of what someone did when can take their life. If they chose to kill we put them in prison for life to stop them from killing again. But it is not our place to take away someone's life because we feel that it is right. We have no authority to say or do such a thing as human beings all living on the same earth.

  • So many reasons why

    Let's say one of the Achilles Lauro hijackers who killed that wheelchair-bound man is imprioned and the death penalty is legal in Italy. For those of you who know what he did, you may not need much convincing as to why a sadistic murderer who killed a paralyzed man deserves to get the death penalty.

    Still not convinced?

    If we execute him:
    He's not staying in jail,
    He's not wasting taxpayer's money on his wellbeing,
    He's not going to live out his life and become a celebrity or a martyr,
    He's not going to get out for good behavior and have a chance at life he doesn't deserve,
    He's not going to go back to killing people and taking away someone's mother, father, daughter, brother, husband, or wife.

    Because he is dead.

    And he made the active choice to coldly murder that defenseless man in front of his wife, who was suffering from cancer.

  • They are fair punishments

    If they were abolished, then how do you think that would impact criminals? They no longer need to worry about a harsh sentence, so what's to stop them from committing fouler deeds? If someone murders someone, then I believe that the only just punishment for them is death, for the sake of everyone.

  • The death penalty gives the murders/rapists what they deserve!

    When rapist rape people they take away that persons innocence and the person is never the same again, when murder kills a person the murder cant take it back they are immorally wrong. For people who think that the humans that are pro-death penalty have no morals they obviously haven't put into consideration "what if the little boy who got kidnapped, raped, and murders was their child" they would easily think the same way. Prison isn't enough.

  • The death penalty gives the murders/rapists what they deserve!

    When rapist rape people they take away that persons innocence and the person is never the same again, when murder kills a person the murder cant take it back they are immorally wrong. For people who think that the humans that are pro-death penalty have no morals they obviously haven't put into consideration "what if the little boy who got kidnapped, raped, and murders was their child" they would easily think the same way. Prison isn't enough.

  • Neither death penalty or life imprisonment should be abolished.

    We have many hard-headed people in the world that may never learn from their mistakes no matter how many times they get punished or go to jail, this is why we need to take them out of society if they don't better society. If all they do is create negative energy with stealing, and killing and don't stop no matter how many times they get punished, then lock them away for life. They don't need to be in this world if they can't stop destroying it. I understand there are chances, but if you abolish death penalty along with life sentences you'll be giving MUCH too many chances.

  • Think about this....

    If we abolish the death penalty & life imprisonment, There would be more rapists and murderers out on the street. If we choose to abolish the death penalty and/or life imprisonment there would be many more (innocent) people being murdered and the population of teen mothers and unplanned pregnancies would go up ten-fold. People today are not realizing THE REAL PROBLEM with society; It's NOT that the federal system is killing people (who have done the exact same thing) or that they're keeping people locked away for life (who, in my opinion, deserve it), it's that the people who see the death penalty as "wrong" , "immoral" , "unjust" or "equivalent to why they were sent to jail in the first place" don't see that the people they are "saving from wrong, immoral, unjust actions" are the criminals who have KILLED and RAPED several innocent people.

  • Life in prison deters crime

    Strict penalties for major crimes deters criminals from committing crimes. Also, to respond to the environment makes the person a criminal, if the person is in jail his whole life, how can he become a criminal on the streets?? That argument makes no sense. Life in prison deters crimes from occurring

  • No, it should not

    This is just a stupid argument... How are people going to be punished? Just tell them not to do it again or some bs thing like that? It is just people that want something to argue about ... Along with gay rights, abortion and etc ...So why does it really matter?

  • The death penalty should not be abolished

    The death penalty should not be abolished. People who receive the death penalty are often murders and they should not be left on the streets. If they are left on the streets many more innocent people could eventually be killed. If the death penalty is abolished murder's will perhaps be more hesitant knowing they themselves could eventually be killed

  • No it shouldn't

    I do not think that the death penalty should be abolished. I think that it is up to the state governments to decide whether or not they wish to keep the death penalty. Personally I think the death penalty is neccessary in some cases. There are too many people imprisoned. People who commit extremely violent and heinous crimes should face death themselves. Tax payers should not have to pay to care for them for life in prison. Life imprisonment should not be abolished either. Some people belong in jail.


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