Sunday, May 2, 2010
Capital punishment is not what I thought it was going to be when I looked it up on Google. I do not understand why you could not have just said death penalty but whatever. I do not personally believe in capital punishment. This is what I wrote my paper on last semester and the beginning of second semester. The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. Some people may argue that it is not considered cruel and unusual punishment because the person will be dead so they will not feel anything. I would respond to that person by saying you are so incredibly wrong. I do not know how people can sit there and with a flip of a switch electrocute someone. I believe that capital punishment is a very out dated form of punishment and should be abolished. It is understandable that in the 1700s people would get their heads chopped off but now in twenty ten I think it is about time we come up with a new method. The lethal injection option is a little more humane in my opinion; however, I think that it is still not right of the law to play “God” or whoever you believe in. It is not the choice of a judge or a jury to decide who lives and who dies. Instead of killing people, the felons should be kept on death row until they decay. The people on death row are there for a reason. Instead of getting the easy way out, death, they should be forced to spend the rest of their days in a lonely cell by themselves eating stale bread and water. That may sound a little bit harsh, but the fact that the person in question is in there means that they had to have killed someone or multiple people and deserve, in my opinion, to spend the rest of their lives thinking about it. That leads me to another point: thinking about their actions. The felon should have to sit behind cold, steel bars for around fifty or so years to think about their decisions. It is not fair that the family of the convicted felon should have to suffer the loss of their loved one either. They were not the ones involved they should not have to experience seeing or even imagining their son, brother, nephew, husband, or whatever be murdered as well. If the government convicts people of a crime for killing someone, is it not a little hypocritical of the government officials to kill someone for killing someone else? If revenge is the question at hand, in my own personal opinion, I would much, much rather know that the man or woman who killed someone I knew and loved was sitting in a cold, square, bleak cell for the rest of their days than just having them be killed. However, I also see that the family should have some say in the jurisdiction. If they choose to reciprocate the murderer’s crime then so be it.