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Ban the death penalty

Posted: November 2, 2009 5:44 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Without a doubt, the death penalty is not a new discussion. Community activists, politicians, religious leaders, philosophers and the medical community debate, discuss and question the practice throughout our history.

Proponents of the death penalty will say it was created so society will know it will not tolerate heinous behavior. So the death penalty will diminish crimes of treason, spying and murder. Those against the death penalty will question what crime can be so heinous as to justify society killing a person who has killed another person. The challenge then becomes a procedure placed into our justice system. Should execution of a person's life take place and be a legal means of righting a wrong? Is this procedure being done in the name of revenge because a family, a community or a society is grieving due to a loss of a loved one? Is the person who did the killing any less loved?

What are the circumstances for which the person was murdered? Will killing another bring back the loved one or does killing another person make the hurt go away?

It is reported that between 1977 and 2006 that 1,057 people have been executed in the United States. In other parts of the world capital punishment is banned. Why isn't it banned in the most industrialized society in the world?


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