Persuasive Essay: Capital Punishment

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Persuasive Essay: Capital Punishment


When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local newspaper, one is
bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides, serial killers, and other such
tragedies. It is a rare occasion to go throughout a day in this world and not hear of
these things. So what should be done about this crime rate? Not only is it committing a
crime, but today, it is signing your life over to the government. This is a risk one is
taking when he decides to pull a trigger or plunge a knife, but is it really up to our
justice system to decide one's fate? There are many issues that address this question of
capital punishment such as religion, the effect on society, restitution being denied, the
possible "wrongly accused", and the rights of the convicted. But how often do these
concepts creep into the public's mind when it hears of our 'fair, trusty' government
taking away someone's breathing rights?


The Bible states "Thou shalt not kill," and this being a sin should have to be amended
within oneself. However, the Bible also states "Don't judge others' personal convictions."
It is the government's responsibility to punish people that disobey the law to keep our
world in tact but is it their right to take away their lives? It is a Christian's
responsibility to point out to those who sin that they do so and this country, trusting in
God as it says it does, should do just that. So if the government stands strongly by this
statement that's on the dollar bill, may they line up all the liars, adulterers,
Buddhists, thieves, covetous and murderers at the chair. If they shall look into this one
sin as so evil may they see all ten commandments so holy.


The society is so confused as to what is "right." More and more children are becoming
murderers themselves. The reason is obvious: they see that if they kill someone they go to
jail, get the death penalty, and the government, who they know as the "good guy" kills
them for punishment. Lesson learned: the finger is pointing to its own actions. Learning
morals is only as hard as people make it. Why complicate things?


Some people think that restitution is granted when one is sentenced to the death penalty.
However, if a loved one is murdered and his family feels justice in having the murderer
done the same, is it not considered equally demented? Forgiving and forgetting are
entirely out of the question, but one should consider the concept of regret and remorse.
Just as one feels terrible and wishes the benevolence of their neighbor when wrongfully
driving through his yard, surely a murderer may feel the same. One is only human and no
one can expect any more. A mistake is a mistake, no matter whom it may harm or what
destruction it may cause.


There's always the chance of the innocent being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A
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