Rather, the death penalty is state sanctioned killing. Because it is sanctioned by the state it is not murder. As long as it fulfills legal requirements and is not inhumane.
However, that does not mean that the death penalty is moral. I feel that it is no longer required in a civilized society. Now some advocates say that some people are too dangerous or commit crimes so heinous that should not be allowed to live. And to them I would concede a compromise that allows the death penalty but only if it's an anonymous vote by the jury and a juror is not dismissed for being a critic of the death penalty.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
We are in good company in our use of capital punishment:
"2011 - As of 5 May 2011 executions have been reported in the following 9 countries during 2011: Bangladesh, China, Iran, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, UAE, USA."
Use of capital punishment by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
By the definition of murder, it's not murder. It's hard to argue that, in the scheme of things, it's worth arguing against anyway.
The US had 46 executions in 2010, 52 in 2009, and 37 in 2008. Assuming around a 20 year average from murder to execution, that still leaves about 60,000 murderers for '88, '89, and '90 that didn't get the death penalty. I realize that's a pretty broad brush with statistics, but there's small chance those that make it to the execution didn't get plenty of help to prove their innocence. Crime has come down since the '80's and '90's. But, does anyone really think that putting 46 people to death in the US for crimes they were committed of after having full trial and multiple appeals compared to 2.5 million deaths annually in the US is really a huge concern? The normal population of the US has about 800 deaths per 100,000 a year. In prison, the death rate is about 250 deaths per 100,000 a year. If you're just considering adults, 250/year is about 20% lower than regular people. Meaning, you're 20% less likely to die in prison than you are out of prison. Now, apply that to the people we're discussing - typically violent men with past felonies. They probably only lasted the 20 or so years until they were executed because they were in prison. The death penalty is a major factor in plea-bargaining. It should not come off the table. If you'd like to save someone from being "murdered", I'd spend the effort on the 60,000 instead of the 130.
The US is an odd ship. The captain yells out when he sees obtacles , but 535 individual propellers do the steering.
Anyone that commits murder....And is Guilty of Murder....They should be put to death. FAST.
Death penalty is justice not murder.