The Death Penalty Is Not Morally Ambiguous Essay

1244 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
In the United States there are several topics that are considered morally ambiguous. Among these contended topics is the death penalty. There are many arguments for and against capital punishment. One proponent for the death penalty is Ernest van den Haag who in his article, “The Ultimate Punishment,” argues a case for the death penalty. I believe he successfully counters the arguments against the death penalty leading me to believe it is not something that should be viewed as inhumane and wrong. I will argue that the death penalty is not morally ambiguous but a justified sentence some deserve. Van den Haag believes that in upholding a death sentence, potential murderers are being deterred, victims protected, and justice served. Many may argue that a death sentence does not deter more murderers than a sentence of life imprisonment. There is no way to measure this exactly. The root of what deters and what does not would lie with each individual. Some people may fear having to live by someone else’s schedule day in and day out and a complete loss of freedom more than they fear death. They may view death as an easy escape. These individuals would not be deterred by the threat of a death penalty. However, the individuals who feel like they would flourish in prison and could still run their “businesses” from behind steel bars would greatly fear a death sentence and would therefore be deterred. Many criminals, especially those with a small fortune, have been known to sway…

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