Capital Punishment Essay: Pro Death Penalty In The United States

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Did you know that in 1976 in the United States the 138 innocent men and women who was sentenced to the death penalty was released some within minutes before their execution. (“Oregonians for Alternatives”) Cases were reopened to determine if the states of Missouri, Texas and Virginia executed innocent men. (“Oregonians for Alternatives”) We should not take the risk of an innocent person being executed by the mistakes made by law. This is morally reprehensible. (“Oregonians for Alternatives”)

Significance: Out of all the countries in the Western industrialized world 30 countries have abolished the death penalty, the United States is the only country that is still pro death penalty. Including China, Iran and Vietnam, which makes up the larger
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With this statement, I would now like to expand on the matters that concern the most: the execution of an innocent life and the moral toll it takes on an individual.

The Need Step

First Main Point: The first component of the problem is that death penalty violates religious views.

a) Christians have had continuous arguments pro and con the death penalty. As it is believed that God should be the only one to create and destroy a life. While some may disagree and say that those who kill should receive exactly the same.

(b) Cardinal Avery Dulles, states in the article, “Catholicism & Capital Punishment,” that in the old testament days, “in his covenant with Noah, Goad laid down the principle, whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image” Genesis 9:6 (Dulles, 2001).

Second Main Point: The second component of the problem is the fact that the death penalty is not a deterrent of crime.

(a) Statistics have shown that there is no difference from the states with death penalty laws and those without. Crime rates and murder rates stay the same

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