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Capital punishment, also known as death penalty, is an act of execution of an offender that is sentenced to death after they were convicted by a court of law of a criminal offence (Hood). In American society, the threat of capital punishment stands as the ultimate sentence for a criminal. The moral complications of the taking another life, whether it is by murder or as legally accepted punishment, remains an unresolved conflict between Americans. Death penalty has always been and continues to be a very controversial issue. Many people believe that death penalty is not a justifiable approach for murderers, but does not justice mandate that criminals receive what they deserve? The punishment must fit the crime. If a burglar deserves imprisonment,…show more content…
Justice requires moral change. When a person decides to take a life of another person, he loses his right to live. “The people who take the lives of another, maliciously, had the choice to do so, they knew what was at stake. The victims, on the other hand, did not have a choice” (Winston). It’s similar to the proverb, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. The great Indian activist, Mahatma Gandhi once said that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. It’s true that if we continue to follow the principle of an eye for an eye we will be blind, but isn’t being blind better if you understand the worthiness of your eye and the pain of being blind? At least it will put you in others shoe and you can think well about your consequences before you act. Opponents of the death penalty often argue that judicial executions violate the condemned prisoner’s right to life, but has not the prisoner already forfeited their right to live when he/she decided to take the life of other? “Doing them harm creates a moral debt to them, that is, you owe them an increase in their well-being-as-wealth. Justice is when the moral books are balanced” (Winston). It was the initial act of the criminal that led him to this consequence. Right to life for humans should only be limited to those who have respect for the rights of others. As the famous saying by Cicero goes, “Let the punishment match the offense”. Only death penalty is justifiable…show more content…
Serial killers are those people that kill around 4 or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including significant time period between them (Wikipedia contributors). Serial killers are considered psychopath because of their strange nature and desire to kill human being. They tend to lack even a small portion of conscience which means that they lack the ability to distinguish what is wrong and right and do things as they please. They have certain type of brain disorder and are considered psychologically ill people. They have no rational justification for their behaviors and are a huge threat to society. Serial killers are also the reason why death penalty must be authorized as they will surely commit crime again after they are released from imprisonment. They lack humanity and act to fulfill their motives such as thrill, power, lust, comfort, etc. Death penalty is the only way to keep these killers at bay from the innocent victims of their
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