Capital punishment is not a new concept. It is older then the Roman Empire, and has changed much since it's first use. Death through drowning, crucifixion, or hanging, or throwing form a high rock, or being thrown into a fiery furnace, or firing squad, or electric chair or the gas chamber "through the years these methods as well as others not mentioned have been what the world governments have used to instill fear in the populace, in order to maintain control. However in today's society, especially in the United States of America capital punishment has come to be something else. It is no longer a means of control; rather it has become a system of punishment in which the most heinous of criminals can be dealt with swiftly and justly. Through the reading of this paper you will learn the arguments for and against the death penalty, respectively, as well as what I believe to be the proper moral choice and why.
Death penalty opponents state that "Those who support the death penalty see it as a solution to violent crime. Opponents, hereby, present one of many fabrications. In reality, executions are seen as the appropriate punishment for certain criminals committing specific crimes. So says the U.S. Supreme Court and so say most death penalty supporters. The controversy over capital punishment is not new to the western world. It has been the main recourse against those who commit the most serious crimes. In the 13th century, England replaced mutilation with hanging, as there method of execution. This became, in most parts of the country, a daily thing. The townspeople would all come out to watch the hanging. The settlers of the United States of America were from European countries, so naturally the beliefs and methods of government that were present in Europe would be in part the foundation of the beliefs and methods of government here in America. So capital punishment in America started with the belief, that to maintain control there must be some kind of justice system set up to where the Nation as well as the individual State has the power to punish the most serious of criminals without regard or hesitation.