According to Amnesty International, “The death penalty violates the right to life.” Capital punishment contradicts our moral beliefs and claims of a fair and just government. The death penalty is favored by some as an effective deterrent of crime; however, it is proven that states with the death penalty actually have higher murder rates than those without.It is proven that our nation does not need this extreme threat of punishment to prevent crime.The death penalty is murder on the sly and it’s dead wrong.
Since childhood we have been taught this indisputable truth. In its simplest form, capital punishment is defined as one person taking the life of another. There are 36 states with the death penalty, and they must change.
These states need to abolish it on the grounds that it carries a dangerous risk of punishing the innocent, is unethical and barbaric, and is an ineffective deterrent of crime versus the alternative of life in prison without parole.
Humans, as a species, are famous for their mistakes.
However, in the case of the death penalty, error becomes too dangerous a risk.
Humans are not cold metal coins that lose value; no act, no matter how heinous, can make a person less of a human being.
However, for most it is easy to forget that each of the 1,099 executed since 1977 are fellow humans, not just numbers. must join its political allies – including Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, South Africa, and most of Latin America – that have abolished the death penalty.
Murder by a citizen will have consequences, yet a government-approved murder is not only acceptable, but enforceable.
What message do we send the American people, and other countries, for that matter, if we continue to be a nation that kills its citizens, a nation that enforces the most barbaric form of punishment?
Victims’ families have founded such groups as the Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation and The Journey of Hope, which oppose the death penalty.
They believe that they are different from those who have taken their loved ones and they demonstrate their difference by refusing to sink to a murderer’s level.