paranoidandroid said:Anybody know somebody who has been brutaly murdered?? If you do anad still think the death penalty is wrong then fair enough, you try and tell that to some people I know who have had to go through it, they would seriously disagree with you.
The "What would you do if you family was murdered" argument gets trotted out quiet frequently... well of course most people would want venegance. But the whole point of a state run justice system is to remove the law from degenerating into people taking things into their own hands - which would eventaully lead to anarchy & chaos (though not the good sort).
There are two main arguments for the death penalty;
1. as a deterent
2. an eye for an eye
1. The statistics for states that have the death penalty show that it does NOT work as a deterent - in fact there is even an argument that it is counterproductive (may as well be hung for a man as a sheep as the old saying went).
2. The second argument is more difficult as it comes down to belief. Personally i dont think the state should take the life of someone, whether they are guity or not, and that is one of the hallmarks of a civilised society.
And thats without even getting into the discussions about wrong convictions, cost etc etc