Some people might agree with the death penalty. Families get devastated when someone they love and care about has died. It’s different when that person they care so much about has been murdered or killed. People tend to hate that person and have the urge to do just about anything to them in order for them to suffer, which causes us to take, revenge on them. This matter has lead to the death penalty. This is a punishment that slowly kills the man or woman that has committed the crime. Why should we have pity on those who choose to kill? If they felt powerful enough to kill, then we should be able to do the same to them. Whatever their reason is that they choose to kill they should be punished someway, somehow.
However, a strong case can be made against the death penalty. We have no right to take someone’s life away from them even though they have committed a tragic crime. I believe the federal government should realize they are not preventing anything by their doing this. Reasons why people are sentenced to the Death Penalty. Most of the people that have been sentenced to the death penalty have committed murder. Race and gender has been a big problem. People think it unfair and unequal. Which I personally agree with. There have been many more males sentenced to death row than there have been females. There have been 4 white females and 153 white males. Three black females and 185 black males. There were no Hispanic females and there were 100 Hispanic males. For others, there were 0 females and 5 males due to The Texas Department Of Criminal Justice. (http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/racial.htm) Texas Department Of Criminal Justice)
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Trying To Forgive And Forget. I know that it’s hard to forgive someone that has killed your loved one but it’s even harder to try to forget about it. We have to remember that we are just human and we do make big mistakes. I just think it’s easier to live your life looking forward than looking back at the bad things in your life. If someone spends their time thinking about this matter, then we will forever be cold-hearted and live unpleasant life. I’m sure we would like to be forgiven when we have done something wrong so why do we want to automatically put someone to death for something they have done wrong as well. It takes someone truly strong and brave to forgive and try their hardest to forget.
The killings go on. If you think about it, in the end, we will all just end up killing each other. It’s just going to go back and forth. What I mean by this is that once you kill someone you are putting yourself and your family in jeopardy of losing them too. The person that has been killed has family members that would like to see you and your family dead as well, and then all that will end up happening is a big chain of murders. There will be no one left. What is the point of life if there is no one in it? It’s all pointless and resolves nothing! Just because the law says to kill this specific person does not mean this is going to make the world any better. This matter will not prevent others from going out and committing other crimes.
Wrongfully accused. The government is putting the wrong people on death row. We are never fully aware of what is going on. This leads us to be blinded by society. There have been innocent people put on death row. If we are not really sure of who did what then is it the government’s right to decide if they are to die or not? I don’t think so. And this matter has happened to innocent people have had their life taken away from them for a mistake. Like Paul Colella, he might be killed soon. And three judges believe he is innocent (http://members.tripod.de/paulcolella/) So why is he still on death row? In another case, Damien Echols has been suspected of killing three 8-year-old boys whose bodies were found, one of them mutilated, in a ditch in a wooded area of West Memphis a year ago last May. He believes he was convicted just because he was “different”. Echols was a witch. (http://www.arktimes.com/trial2.htm by Mara Leveritt) This proves that people are being wrongfully accused all the time even for murder.
The solution to put an end to Death Penalty. Yes, I do agree that if you have committed such a serious crime like that, they should be punished. But I don’t think anyone deserves to be killed over it. I don’t think anyone would like to live a life with the image of killing someone. This is too much guilt someone would have to deal with. I believe a better punishment would be to leave that person in prison for their entire life. This would make them suffer much more. If they are being killed with an injection or by the electric chair the pain will only be a short time compared to the pain of a lifetime. There are many more things that could be done instead of the death penalty. Why choose the wrong one?
I think if we do not put an end to the Death Penalty matters will only get worse over time. It’s scary to wonder when you might die, but it’s terrifying and nerve-racking to know when you are going to die. Even the term “last meal” is scary to think of. We just need to give it a long and good thought about what we are doing. I’m not really sure who would like to die with a lethal injection, electrocution, lethal gas, hanging, or firing squad. These will all be painful and slow killers. The lethal injection consists of Sodium Thiopental (lethal dose-sedates person), Pancuronium Bromide (muscle relaxant-collapses diaphragm and lungs). The offender is usually pronounced dead approximately 7 minutes after the injection begins. (http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/drowfacts.htm Death Row facts pg.2) Who are we to kill? But then again who are we to suffer for one’s mistakes? In life, we need to learn to know life is truly unfair, but why not, try and make an effort to change and stop the murder.
- http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/drowfacts.htm Death Row facts pg.2, http://www.arktimes.com/trial2.htm by Mara Leveritt,