Those who perform a single or spree heinous crime are not deterred by the death penalty because they're performing a crime of passion and not thinking straight anyways, so it's not going to deter him.
I don't know how this would be placed in your poll, but I don't agree with the death penalty because it can too often be used by the state to put to death innocent people or is used too selectively, such as more on minorities.
I could care less if it is a deterrent or not. I see it as a ultimate punishment for committing a heinous act. I am also think it is seriously ****ed up to tell the victim's loved ones that they for the rest of their loved one's murderer's life have to support that scumbag.Yeah we know he killed your loved one, but now you get to provide him with 3 meals a day,free medical care, roof, room and board and many other things for the rest of his natural life and while your loved is in the ground rotting he gets to watch cable tv, get a free education, and many other things.
The only the death penalty could really be an effective deterrent is if executions were televised and swift.Because usually what happens is someone is given a **** load of appeals and that individual ends up staying alive for at least a decade or two before fnally being executed behind closed door. By then everyone has forgotten about the murderer's victim and most people have forgotten about the murderer except for scumbag sympathizers who do not want to see him executed.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Your last paragraph - are you saying you believe that sentencing would be abused? The reason putting someone to death is so costly is because of the appeals process thats put in place to keep innocents from being executed. So do you believe that innocents are often executed? I've heard of it happening, but with modern technologies, I would think that wouldn't be as much of an issue than it used to be.
As far as the assertion that minorities would be more prone to receiving a sentencing of death? How do you come to that opinion - or am I reading you wrong.
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Fool me twice....shame on me.
I see both sides of the capital punishment debate. No i dont think it is a deterrant. I the eye for an eye side of it..and does a person who murders someone deserve to have that same punishment, part of me says yes. But I also have a side of me that says... killing is killing. Thou shalt not kill, if someone does, killing them back isn't going to take away what they have done. So I guess I am not really sure how I feel on that issue for sure.
But i do know this. It's very sad that we as a family have to struggle to put food on the table, a roof over our families head, and that my daughter's medication has to wait until we can get her back on our insurance since she turned 19 in November. But hey, we can go out and kill someone and have a roof over our heads, free cable, a full belly three times daily, and free medical care. Something is definitely not right about this picture.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
Yes, I believe it's a just punishment if the crime is heinous enough. And it's the only way to be absolutely certain that person will never again commit another crime.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.