Pros Of Capital Punishment

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Capital Punishment, death penalty, execution. There are many names for the punishment by death. Also known as death sentence, the crimes that can infer capital punishment are called capital offences or capital crimes and include terrorism, espionage and first degree murder. Is it moral? Is it just? Is it justified? The opinions on the topic vary considerably, each side with its own merits and demerits. There are some that see the death penalty as justified, as required and other that see it as a inhumane method of punishment and as something that should be abolished. But who can say for sure that either side is in the right, that either side has the correct way of thinking? To begin evaluating both sides, a few things must be done in advance.…show more content…
According to the law that was in effect at the time, the convicts were provided food and drink and were carried to the execution grounds by cart. Also executions were done in public as to serve a warning to the people. During the Tang Dynasty the most common ways of execution were strangulation and decapitation, where the former was reserved for those that sided against their parents with a magistrate, kidnapping and the opening of a coffin when desecrating a tomb and the latter was for serious crimes such as treason and sedition. Despite the clean and quick death by decapitation, most Chinese people preferred death by strangulation due to the belief that the body is the present of ones parents and that it should be buried in one piece. Other forms of capital punishment were scourging to death, in cases of corruption, truncation, where the convict was cut in two at the waist and left to bleed out and a more rare form that was called Ling Chi, also known as “Death By a Thousand Cuts” that was abolished in…show more content…
Countless people were killed in the fighting between nation-states, such the Turkish Genocide of the Armenians, Hitler's attempt to eradicate the Jews, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and others. In military theaters execution was a mean of maintaining order and morale, the prime example of this was the Soviets and the order 227 that was issued by Joseph Stalin that dictated that under no circumstances a commander had the right to retreat without an order and the creation of “blocking detachments” that would capture or shoot those that retreated without the command of their superiors. A total of 158.000 soviet soldiers were executed for desertion. It was also used as a political tool of authoritarian states, removing any opposition that the state encountered. Prime example of this is the Purging of Stalin that saw more than one million citizens of the Soviet Union executed with a bullet to the head and the killing of over 800.000 people by order of Mao Zedong after the Communist Party's victory in 1949. Alas the public was not unmoved by the sheer number of people that saw an swift and unjust death and various organizations were formed that had the abolition of the capital punishment as their primary goal in their
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