Capital Punishment. Do you support it or not?

We have to write an argumentative essay on a topic of our choice. I am choosing Capital Punishment. We have to choose a side, and argue using the methods of Logos (Logical), Ethos (Ethical), and Pathos (Emotional). I believe Capital Punishment is morally wrong.What about you? WHY do you think so

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13 Answers to “Capital Punishment. Do you support it or not?”

  1. pineta says:

    No I do not support it. Too many innocent people have been executed.

  2. unshowable says:

    evil must be killed

  3. pollists says:

    Yes.Because it’s my belief it’s right. End of story..

  4. calorifics says:

    I do support it. The way to cut the cost……….when the person is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, they should be allowed 30 minutes to say their goodbyes, then taken to the gallows and hung.No appeals, no expensive lawyers, no sterile execution suites, no new ropes. Cost is minimal.

  5. incarnates says:

    i would bring it back in a minute for terrorism, child molestation, and murder.

  6. sap says:

    I wouldn’t think it was morally wrong, if it actually had an impact. I don’t believe it does. If it doesn’t deter people from committing crime, then it’s just vengeance.

  7. togneri says:

    I’m against the death penalty but not out of sympathy for criminals. The death penalty isn’t an effective way to prevent or reduce crime, costs a whole lot more than life in prison, and, worst of all, risks executions of innocent people. You’ll need to sort out which aspects can be adapted to the methods of logos, ethos and pathos.The worst thing about it. Errors:The system can make tragic and irreversible mistakes. In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas for starting the fire that killed his children. Multiple forensic experts have since found that the arson “science” his conviction was based on was actually just junk science. As of today, 138 wrongly convicted people who were sentenced to death have been exonerated. DNA, is rarely available in homicides and can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. Obviously, if someone is convicted and later found innocent you can release him from prison, but not from the grave.Crime reduction (deterrence):The death penalty doesn’t stop others from committing murder. Homicide rates are consistently higher in states and regions with the death penalty than in those without it. The most recent FBI data confirms this.Keeping killers off the streets for good:Life without parole, on the books in 49 states (all except Alaska), also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending 23 of 24 hours a day locked in a tiny cell is no picnic. Two advantages: -an innocent person serving life can be released from prison -life without parole costs less than the death penaltyCosts, a surprise to many people:The death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. The high costs of the death penalty are for the complicated legal process, with the largest costs at the pre-trial and trial stages. The point is to avoid executing innocent people. There are tremendous expenses in a death penalty case whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death. Who gets it:Contrary to popular belief, the death penalty isn’t reserved for the worst crimes, but for defendants with the worst lawyers. It doesn’t apply to people with money. When is the last time a wealthy person was on death row, let alone executed?Victims: People assume that families of murder victims certainly want the death penalty imposed. It just isn’t so. Some are against it on moral grounds. But even families who have supported the death penalty in principle have testified that the drawn-out death penalty process is painful for them and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative.It comes down to whether we should keep a system for the sake of retribution or revenge even though it isn’t effective in reducing violent crime, costs much more than alternatives and, worst of all, can lead to the nightmare of executing someone for a crime he didn’t commit.

  8. bookward says:

    I do not support Capital Punishment. Our legal system is imperfect; lawyers, possibly of unequal skill, argue biased positions trying to convince juries which are filled with non-experts. Clearly the legal system can get things wrong; look at how many convictions are overturned every year. Judges, like the juries, are only human. Judges may be convinced by faulty evidence and a talented prosecutor just like a jury can, and so an innocent man may be sentenced to death. Capital punishment, however, is irrevocable. Once an innocent man is executed, no reparations can be made.The question, then, is: are the benefits gained by capital punishment enough to offset the possibility of wrongly killing an innocent man? A utilitarian might say so: it becomes a matter of weighing happiness levels (the gains in security, vengeance, etc. on the one hand for the populous and the suffering of the wrongly executed man and his family on the other). He may say ‘no’ by the same token; it becomes ethical algebra.A Kantian, on the other hand, would likely say ‘no’ because a person could not will the Universalized Maxim of ‘innocent people should be put to death’, because that person would also be subject to that maxim.

  9. daffle says:

    I’ll help you by diffusing your opponent’s best arguments.Logos (Logical): From a legal standpoint, capital punishment costs taxpayers more with legal fees due to the appeals process than incarceration does. (research this via google) It can take years before someone is finally executed.Ethos (Ethical): Besides the fact that wrongful execution is irreversible, rich people with better lawyers escape the death penalty much more often than a poor convict without the financial means to hire lawyers does. (check the stats: poor blacks and hispanics are executed about 10x as often as whites)Pathos (Emotional): Death offers the convicted offenders an easy escape from their crimes instead of having to face the consequences of their actions in a prison and during their parole hearings (victims statements, etc.) A statistical account of attempted/successful prison suicides would bolster your argument immensely.For the record, I believe in capital punishment for treason, murder, & child rape. NOTE: Ethics is the only category that uses moral arguments.

  10. dioeciopolygamous says:

    I agree that capital punishment is wrong, but my reasons are more practical (logical):- Mistakes happen. Since 1973 in the U.S., 138 people have been released from death row because they were exonerated by DNA and other new evidence (DNA is not available in most homicide cases). These are ALL people who were found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” A life sentence is reversible. A death sentence is not.- Because of the legal apparatus designed to minimize wrongful executions, it costs taxpayers MUCH more to execute someone than to imprison them for life.- It is not a deterrent – violent crime rates are consistently HIGHER in death penalty jurisdictions.- It is inconsistently and arbitrarily applied.- Because the U.S. is one of the last remaining nations with capital punishment, many other countries refuse to extradite known criminals who should be standing trial here.- It fosters a culture of violence by asserting that killing is an acceptable solution to a problem.- Many people argue “an eye for an eye,” but those who claim to be Christian should already know that Jesus HIMSELF was against it (see Matthew 5:7 & 5:38-39, James 4:12, Romans 12:17-21, and John 8:7).- Life without parole (LWOP) is on the books in most states now (all except Alaska), and it means what it says. People who get this sentence are taken off the streets. For good.- Whether you’re a hardened criminal or a government representing the people, killing another human being is wrong. Period. “He did it first” is not a valid excuse.

  11. denunciant says:

    sure capital punishment is morally wrong. you’ll get no argument from me about it.However, so are the crimes that people preform against each other. Shaking babies is morally wrong. Kidnapping children is morally wrong, beating and raping women is morally wrong. Murder and abuse are morally wrong; well I think you get the idea. So how do you punish criminals of morally reprehensible crimes if not through Capital punishment. Time outs don’t work very well.THese people can’t just be removed from society, they have to pay for their immoral activities with a lesson of mortality do they not?

  12. hookas says:

    Obviously its based on opinion, so I don’t expect to change your mind, but I think that is not wrong, as long as its done properly. If someone takes a human life, there is only one way to repay it, with a life of your own. The thing you need to realize is that the capital punishment isn’t so much of a punishment as much as it is a deterrent. If people know they will die if they are convicted of murder, they will be less likely to commit murder. If people know they can just rot in a cell for murder, some of them might not be that uncomfortable with that idea.

  13. bortsch says:

    no i dont support anything at all actually would anyone? cause all of lifes not fair to everyone thats why.. why wish for a victim or a criminal ..i think GOD shoulda never created anything at all.. some people call it the whole picture ..if one person pays WE ALL PAY… yes its very evil and it still boils down to one word….i also wouldnt say let em live and suffer thats their punishment… if capital punishment made sense there would be no tv sets… outta here.. ps be careful what you write..