Dylann Roof: An Argument Against The Death Penalty

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Justice a noun defined as the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness. This definition explains the expectations our nation has for the way that crime and punishment are dealt with. The public believes that the matter at hand should be carried out as stated in the constitution. The death penalty is a necessary punishment that needs to be enforced for violent crimes committed. Individuals who commit such horrendous crimes have lost the privilege of their initial born rights. On June 17, 2015 21 year old Dylann Roof killed nine african americans worshiping in a church. Nine innocent lives were taken away, not only did they suffer, but now their families will also suffer for the rest of their lives knowing they…show more content…
People who do not believe they have done wrong will not suffer. Roof actually giggled when admitting to the crime. He told the court there is nothing mentally detering him and confessed to all accounts. All of these confessions puts him in place where his should be, to be executed. Even his family did not fight the punishment he was sentenced and said they would, “struggle as long as we live why he committed this horrible attack, which caused so much pain to so many good people” (Siegel). The only just punishment for Roof is death, as long as he is alive he will think he has done the right thing by killing those people. If the trial would have taken a turn where Roof was given to privilege to go back into society there would be no doubt he would execute the same crime, and potentially on a larger scale. Capital punishment saves other innocent lives from people such as Dylann Roof…show more content…
This is the opposite of the case. As Sister Helen Prejean said, “[t]he torture [capital punishment] happens when conscious human beings are condemned to death and begin to anticipate that death and die a thousand times before they die” (Prejean 61). The offender should have to encounter their death over and over until the minute they die. They should not have the choice of whether they live or die when they have taken the lives of people who never got a say. Their victims encountered more torture than they ever will and the least we can do is take their

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