The Death Penalty Should Be Banned Everywhere Essay

1574 Words Dec 11th, 2015 7 Pages
Ever since 1612 the death penalty has been a form of punishment for capital crimes in America. It had been widely accepted as an uncontested form of penance until multitudes of people began to speak out against the practice in the 19th century. Today there are 19 states that have abolished this monstrosity of a punishment as more options for capital crimes have arose. The death penalty should be banned everywhere, because it is a barbaric and brutal form of punishment that makes us no better than the murderers we are killing. In our Constitution the 8th Amendment prohibits the government from using cruel and unusual punishment. Isn’t death a cruel punishment, at the least it’s a final punishment. Also death could be considered an unusual punishment rather than a life sentence in jail. "Death is... an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality, and in its enormity... The fatal constitutional infirmity in the punishment of death is that it treats 'members of the human race as nonhumans, as objects to be toyed with and discarded” (Brennan). “The 8th Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, which killing someone is cruel. Also it 's barbaric to allow state-sanctioned murder before a crowd of people” (Messerli). The killing of a being is a crazy concept that we have struggled with because it is cruel, I mean one way we have put people to death is through a gas chamber which is exactly what Hitler did to masses of people and everyone condemned him…

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