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    Death Penalty

    Is support for the Death Penalty driven by Emotion or by Logic?

    I am curious to hear what people think, but more importantly, for them to back their beliefs with evidence or well thought out arguments.
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    Re: Death Penalty

    You maybe should have had a choice for light and instructive family entertainment, as capital punishment was seen in an earlier time.

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    You maybe should have had a choice for light and instructive family entertainment, as capital punishment was seen in an earlier time.

    Yeah... that would qualify as an "Other".
    Or as a telling sign of Sadistic Pleasure, letting it fall under Emotion(ally depreved).
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    Re: Death Penalty

    The death penalty is a pretty minor issue for me, and I could easily be swayed, but I think it is necessary. At the very least, there needs to be a way to deal with people who already serve life in prison, yet continue to kill. Other than that I'm pretty neutral as far as the normal arguments go. For people not already in prison, I don't think that the death penatly is an effective deterrent if life in prison is not. On the other hand, I shed no tears for rapists and murderers and am not bothered in the slightest by their executions. There are certainly some problems with the application of the death penalty in the US, but on principle I do not oppose the death penalty

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Yeah... that would qualify as an "Other".
    Or as a telling sign of Sadistic Pleasure, letting it fall under Emotion(ally depreved).
    It's only seen as depraved to take children to watch executions in some cultures. There are even photographic collections I've seen of at least two Muslim children being guided to conduct the killings.

    In America, taking kids to observe public hangings was seen, as I understand it, as a way to teach young men to connect actions with consequences.

    Of course, they had a far lower murder rate, so what did they know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    It's only seen as depraved to take children to watch executions in some cultures. There are even photographic collections I've seen of at least two Muslim children being guided to conduct the killings.

    In America, taking kids to observe public hangings was seen, as I understand it, as a way to teach young men to connect actions with consequences.

    Of course, they had a far lower murder rate, so what did they know?
    Who had a lower murder rate?

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    It's only seen as depraved to take children to watch executions in some cultures. There are even photographic collections I've seen of at least two Muslim children being guided to conduct the killings.

    In America, taking kids to observe public hangings was seen, as I understand it, as a way to teach young men to connect actions with consequences.

    Of course, they had a far lower murder rate, so what did they know?
    I was making a joke...


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    Who had a lower murder rate?
    Muslims?

    It might also be because they are religious tyrrants and oppressive dictators with some of the worst human rights records on the planet scaring the **** out of their populations and subjegating over half of the population to the whims of fanatical men.
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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    Who had a lower murder rate?
    My ancestors in the late 1800's

    The eastern part of country was fairly peaceful for a while after the WONA.

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    Re: Death Penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    My ancestors in the late 1800's
    I didn't know that there were accurate statistics, or even statistics at all that went back that far. I was only able to find consistent stats from the 1960's on, and the best I could dig up was a single source that goes back to 1900. Do you have a source? I'd also be careful about inferring the causes of such trends for that time period. The nation underwent a hell of a lot of relevant changes such as urbanization to name just one

    The eastern part of country was fairly peaceful for a while after the WONA.
    Google and AcronymFinder both came up blank. What is the WONA?

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    Re: Death Penalty

    I support the death penalty for completely logical reasons. If something bad
    had happened to someone close to me, I would also support it for emotional reasons.

    A swift death penalty should be put in place accross the country in a way that it is a "given" that if you commit first degree murder you are also committing suicide.

    Then let's see what happens to the crime rates.....

    This will also help keep money from being misdirected to the lifelong support of an anti-life human monster. This would keep more money in circulation, driving the economy.

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