The Importance Of Capital Punishment In America

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In the Christian faith, the 6th Commandment states that “Thou shall not kill.” In the United States of America, the government legally killed over a 1,000 of its own citizens since 1976, and there are nearly 3000 inmates on death row waiting for their execution currently. As a nation, America has been unable to stick with one stance on many issues. There have been amendments banning alcohol, and others making alcohol legal. Many states have pushed to make abortion illegal, but still willingly kill their own citizens. Because of the injustices that have occured and still happen, the United States government should push for capital punishment to be illegal due to its significance on the lives it touches. The use of capital punishment in America was greatly influenced by British colonizers when they first settled. The first recorded execution was the death of George Kendall in 1608 and four years later the Virginia governor installed the first laws regarding death penalty: Divine, Moral and Martial Laws. These laws influenced what would become an epidemic in America. From that point on until 1950 over 13,000 people were murdered by their own government. This is a horrendously high number. The highest rate America reached was during the early 1900s. From 1900 to 1950, 6,639 Americans received capital punishment from their own government (History of the Death Penalty). After many years of the use of capital punishment, the Supreme Court was set on making changes to the ways
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