Capital Punishment: The Easy Way Out Essay

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At 12:17 A.M. on June 18th, Ronnie Lee Gardner was pronounced dead as a result of a number of strategically placed bullets lodged into his body. As Gardner took his last breaths of life, his murderer was far removed from the crime, relaxing knowing he would never be convicted for the murder he just committed. Ronnie Lee Gardner may or may not have deserved this death, as he also was a convicted murderer, killing two with the pull of a trigger; however, this does not reserve the right for the United States government to allow him to die by firing squad. Simply, capital punishment is a barbaric, illogical way of dealing with criminals, and should be discontinued. Many people support the idea of capital punishment for a number of …show more content…
It is cases like these, people in support of capital punishment suggest, that death is the only justice for the convicted. Yet, who are these people to agree to the death of another human being? Are they not just as terrible in suggesting that this individual should die on behalf of the crimes they have committed? Are they, in turn, a murderer? One must look at the moral and social issues behind capital punishment to understand it is simply wrong. Killing is bad enough, but killing the killer does not solve the problem. No one has the moral authority to punish one to death by the hammering of a gavel. The life of a prisoner is far from glamorous: cheap food, cheap bed, cheap clothing. Nothing in the life of an inmate could ever be called lavish. Supporters of capital punishment vie that it is cheaper to kill an inmate than keep them alive and behind bars. The math behind this suggestion proves the accusation is fallacious. After numerous studies and research have been preformed, it has come to light that it is roughly ten times more expensive to kill a prisoner by capital punishment than to keep them behind bars. Politicians have started learning about this information, looking at these studies, and realizing that with a pure cost motive, it is ideal to give prisoners life in prison than the electric chair. The facts are simple, if monetary motives are the basis for supporting capital punishment, one must get their facts straight, and realize that life

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