The Controversial Issue of the Death Penalty and.
Throughout history, capital punishment has been viewed as a highly controversial and emotional subject and almost everyone has his or her own opinions about it and I am no exception. However, current research suggests that arguments in favor and against this issue date back to the dates of the bible and now that we"re nearly two million years later, it should come as no surprise that we"re still debating this hot topic. In this paper, we will examine some of the controversies surrounding capital punishment, what it is and what it isn't, what laws if any it violates, arguments against it and of course arguments for it as well. Lastly, we will evaluate my own personal opinion and why capital punishment is "just and equitable" punishment that should defiantly be upheld for those people that perpetrate the laws.
Before we begin however, I would like to take a moment to discuss the history of this controversial topic. In fact, many researchers believe that the "controversy over capital punishment began in colonial times when, against the wishes of the English Crown, some settlements enacted only a few capital laws. Soon after the War for Independence and the adoption of the Constitution, America's death penalty debate began in earnest. Armed with the right to free speech afforded by the new democracy, and infused with a "revolutionary spirit" as well as the philosophies of the European Enlightenment, some Americans began to question whether government should have the power to end a life - even the life of a convicted criminal.".
Definition of Capital Punishment.
But, what exactly is capital punishment, the death penalty and does it violate any laws? According to Black's Law Dictionary, Capital punishment is "punishment by death for capital crimes" and they describe the death penalty as "Supreme penalty exacted as punishment for murder and other capital crimes.