Essay on Capital Punishment1

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Capital Punishment1



Capital Punishment
Electrocution . . . gas chamber . . . lethal injection . . . field shooting . . . all are
forms of the death penalty used across the United States. Some believe that when one
person takes the life of another, that person’s life should be taken as well. They
should pay for what they did. But honestly . . . is capital punishment used to make the
murderer pay for what he did? Or is it simply revenge?

Capital punishment is wrong. In my opinion, it is barbaric. It is revenge, and it
teaches revenge as well. Do two wrongs make a right? Do two murders instead of one make
everything okay? We need to distinguish the difference between our emotions and what is
right. I will admit—if someone killed someone I loved, I would probably want that
person to die. But I would be irrationally thinking, too blinded by grief and emotion to
tell the difference between right and wrong.

The death penalty gives criminals a way out. If the punishment for murder was life
imprisonment, I would think that most criminals would rather die than face the rest of
their lives in jail. I think all murderers should sit and rot in jail where they can
think about what they’ve done, and know that Hell is in their future. I think God
will find his
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