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The idea of putting another human to death is hard to completely comprehend. The physical
mechanics involved in the act of execution are easy to grasp, but the emotions involved in
carrying out a death sentence on another person, regardless of how much they deserve it,
is beyond my own understanding. I know it must be painful, dehumanizing, and sickening.
However, this act is sometimes necessary and it is our responsibility as a society to see
that it is done.
Opponents of capital punishment have basically four arguments.
The first is that there is a possibility of error. However, the chance
that there might be an error is separate from the issue of whether the
death penalty can be justified or not. If an error does occur, and an
innocent person is executed, then the problem lies in the court system,
not in the death penalty. Furthermore, most activities in our world, in which humans are
involved, possess a possibility of injury or death. Construction, sports, driving, and air
travel all offer the possibility of accidental death even though the highest levels of
precautions are taken. These activities continue to take place, and continue to
occasionally take human lives, because we have all decided, as a society, that the