The Death Punishment: The Issue Of The Death Penalty

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In the United States, the issue of the death penalty is a highly debated topic. The death penalty is legal is 31 states, plus the United States government and the United States military. Many of those who support the death penalty claim that the killer no longer has the right to live because they took away someone else’s right to live. However, those who are pro-death penalty do not take into consideration that we are taking away the killer’s right to life through the actions resultant of the death penalty. They may refute that the convicted murderers forfeited their right to life when they killed someone. This leads to the following question: Under what authority do we as human beings get to decide when it is acceptable to end the life of another person? When there are other options, no one should have the power to condemn someone to death. Are we not doing to them what they did to someone else? If we want change, we need to stop the cycle of killing. Also, shouldn’t the convicted killer be given the chance to repent for his or her wrongdoings? According to many, the answer to the last question is no. However, …show more content…
His death is a stark reminded of the fallible nature of the United States justice system. I mention this case to also shed light on the state which most abuses the death penalty: Texas. The death penalty statistics for Texas compared to the rest of the country are appalling. Of the 1,429 executions since 1976 in the United States, there have been 534 executions in Texas alone. That is over 1/3 of executions taking place is one state. This year, 3 people have already been executed in Texas as of the time this was written. By region, the South has had 1,163 executions, the Northeast has had 4 executions, the West has had 85, the Midwest has had 177 executions. Texas and Oklahoma, being included in the South’s total, alone have had 646 executions since 1976 (“Facts about the Death Penalty”,

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