Issues Surrounding the Death Penalty Essay

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Issues Surrounding the Death Penalty

Does executing murderers really stop violent crime in the U.S.? Our government seems to think so. In many states the death penalty still exists or is being reinstated. Many people contend that the death penalty should be used in cases of heinous crime where guilt is obvious. Bill Clinton signed a bill adding 58 more crimes that are punishable by death. For example, if you see a murder or know of one and do not report it, you could be executed. If you know a gang killing, you could report it and be killed in a revenge, or you could remain silent and let the government kill you. Is this justice? (Biringer 1) It has been statistically proven that the death penalty
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(Doerr 2) Since 1967 there has been one execution for every 1600 murders. There has been approximately 560,000 murders and 358 executions from 1967 to 1996. Almost 5900 people have been sentenced to death and only 358 executed. Most often people compare execution and murder. They believe if two acts have the same ending or result, then the acts are morally equivalent. For instance, are kidnapping and legal incarceration the same? They both involve imprisonment against one’s will. Is killing in self defense the same as capital murder? Both end in taking human life. The moral confusion of some people are astounding. Some equate the American death penalty with Nazi holocaust. People see no moral distinction between the slaughter of 12 million totally innocent men, women and children and the executions of society’s worst human rights violators. (Death Penalty 1) There are also a great deal of religious issues with the death penalty. The bible states clearly “Thou shall not murder.” Does this mean, under certain circumstances? In Genesis 9:6, it states “God himself instituted the death penalty.” God gave to the government legitimate authority to use capital punishment to restrain murder and to punish murderers. The death penalty is a flagrant disregard for God’s divine law which recognizes the dignity of human life as a product of God’s creation. Life is sacred,

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