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marvelous of miracles – human life. Just the opposite: It’s because I have so much regard for human life that I favor capital punishment. Murder is the most terrible crime there is. Anything less than the death penalty is an insult to the victim and society. It says..that we don’t value the victim’s life enough to punish the killer fully.” Every country in the world is ready and willing to kill thousands, even millions of human beings in brutal, merciless ways to defend their nation from the aggression of other countries. I don’t see why public safety doesn’t deserve as much respect and protection as a nation’s national security does. In fact, it can be reasonably argued that supporting armies and waging war is far more barbarous than the death penalty is. So I

find it hypocritical that the same countries who have abolished capital punishment because it is “barbaric” to defend public safety that way are at the same time prepared to enforce political power and defend their territorial claims through infinitely more violence and bloodshed than the death penalty would ever require. It seems to me that those nations are just trying to rationalize their apathy and scorn for any institution that doesn’t serve their self-serving and political interests. The whole reason why nations and governments exist is to defend their decent citizens from vicious criminals. When it fails to do that, they become of little use to its citizens. When a society ignores their moral duty to defend the safety and security of their decent citizens and leaves

them at the mercy of violent criminals, they are not being “civilized,” they are being negligent. I am certain that there will come a time when all the nations in the world will be forced to agree after decades of experience on this issue, that capital punishment, like the military and the police force and taxes, is an inevitable and unavoidable consequence of every civilized society and it will no longer be a question of whether or not a nation should have the death penalty, but rather how it should be used. While I believe that prompt and consistent executions would have a deterrent effect, there remains one great virtue, even for infrequent executions. The recidivism rate for capital punishment is zero. No executed murderer has ever killed again. You can’t say that about

those sentenced to prison, even if you are an abolitionist. Bibliography Bronwyn, Carlton. The Big Book of Death . Paradox Press, 1996. Guernsey, JoAnn Brenn. Should We Have Capital Punishment? Lerner Publications Company, 1993. Nardo, Don. Death Penalty (Lucent Overview Series) Lucent Books, 1992. Rose, Joel. The Big Book of Thugs . Paradox Press, 1996. Wekesser, Carol. The Death Penalty (Opposing Viewpoints) Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1991. Hammel, Andrew. Th Anti-Death Penalty Movement has Failed. Internet. Johansen, Jay. Does Capital Punishment Deter Crime? Internet. Justice for all. “Death Penalty and Sentencing Information in the United States.” Internet. Pro-death penalty.com. Death Penalty and Sentencing Information. Internet.