Defending Death: My Stance on the Death Penalty
The death penalty has long been considered a controversial subject: Is taking another person's life a form of justice or is it an act of immorality that should be abolished? Because justice demands death for some serious crimes and because the death penalty increases the net benefit to society, I ultimately agree with the death penalty.
The death penalty brings peace of mind to the overall community. Knowing that an offender will no longer commit a crime gives the community a sense of comfort and relaxation, for those who are put to death under the death penalty no longer have a chance to commit any crimes. While the death penalty may not restore a damaged family, it brings closure to the offender's actions and to the victim's family.
Human life is important; that is why we must strive to protect it by enforcing the death penalty. By using the death penalty, society saves more lives than it loses; more people are apt to think twice about committing a crime if they know their life may be forfeit if they are caught. By deterring crime, the death penalty prevents many of the feelings of pain and anguish that families of victims often feel after an offense is committed and preserves the life and integrity of a family and community.
Moreover, the death penalty does not commemorate the human disregard for life but rather stands as our testament to it: Were we not to use the death penalty, it would mean that we do not consider the value of human life so great that a murder by one person does not deserve the murderer's death.The death penalty is not the blind killing of criminals; rather, it is a legal form of justice by which we may uphold the importance of life we hold dear.
Perhaps, too, the death penalty can be considered more humane and more efficient than life in prison; wasting away in prison, a criminal with a life sentence no longer really experiences life, and, perhaps, death would be a greater act of compassion.
Justice is the concept of righting a crime or wrong-doing. It involves
the consequences and the penalties of one's actions and the resolution
of the fears and tensions of the offended party. Ultimately, justice demands the highest form of payment for some crimes, and that payment is the life of the offender.