Legalizing Death

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"Legalizing Death  ¦ Capital punishment has been and will remain one of the most controversial issues not just here, but also all over the world. It poses many questions concerning religion, morality, cost, and effectiveness. The death penalty is such a controversial issue because it can be extremely personal. Citizens are paying taxes to house OR EXECUTE the criminals that have killed their family members or friends. It is also a personal issue because many people might feel differently about capital punishment if they were in a situation where A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND KILLED. Putting you in the shoes of the victim's family, what judgment would you want to be laid? Life imprisonment, which may reduce his liberty a bit but will surely not make him pay for his crime, or DEATH, which will surely bring justice and also would set an example to everyone?

Our morality would greatly affect what we should do about this issue; we greatly give importance to human rights. We always talk and mention about the rights of the criminals, but have we ever wondered the rights of their victims, their right to live safely and freely from any harm? If we want to make a difference sacrifices MUST be made, sacrifices that will give way to a GREATER cause.

There is much evidence to prove that capital punishment is cheaper for taxpayers than paying for a criminal to live out his or her life in prison, BUT putting you again in the shoes of the murdered family, would you pay for the justice that should be done to him? Or for his food, clothing, and shelter, giving him a live good life? Still, the cost of capital punishment is of great controversy. Ernest van den Haag, author of "The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense , argues that the cost of an execution should not be considered with such a serious issue rather justice should be served. "At any rate, the actual monetary costs are trumped by the importance of doing ... Continue Reading