The Death Penalty: Justifiable
-Preface: Let it be noted now that this speech is very opinionated.
I strongly believe that the Death Penalty is a form of punishment to be
used when needed. Which opens up the question, when should it be used? That may
be the breaking point in a lot of arguments, deciding when to use the death
penalty is a very touchy subject. I believe that only murderers deserve the
death penalty, but I do not believe that all murderers should receive it as
punishment. In cases where someone was killed in self defense, the 'murderer'
should not receive the death penalty. But when someone is killed in cold blood
then there should be a consideration. Again, not all cold blooded murderers
should receive it. Premeditated and sometimes on the spot murders are also
candidates, but that depends on how the victim was treated before the murder.
Was he/she abused or tormented in a severe way? Or was the victim raped? I would
also take into account, the number of people killed by the murderer. Those are
not the only things to take into account, but I will stop here.
It was August 3, the year was 1986. A man named Esquel Banda had just
raped, stabbed and strangled a 74 year old widow by the name of Merle Laird in
her own house. Banda then sucked the blood from the woman's mouth.
Does that describe a kind, gentle man, who is not a threat to society? A
man who values life or a man that deserves life when he seems so eager to
destroy it? I certainly wouldn't think so.
Some people believe that the death penalty is wrong, what do you think?
Is it OK for a man to commit heinous murders but not OK for our valued legal
system, who's outcomes depend on ordinary people like you and me, to decide to
terminate that mans life for his crimes to others?
The death penalty is just that; a penalty. Its intention is not to
present an example to others, to show them 'not to commit murders, or this may
happen to you...', although it may very well work like that. If it is, fine, so
much the better. But it is a punishment. You can't say that the felon doesn't
really receive the punishment because he's dead because they have quite a few
years to think about it while on death row. Just sitting around a few years with
nothing to look forward to except death, is punishment enough. Infact, it may be
better than having a life jail term, without parole. Felons in that predicament
have said so themselves, they would rather die than have to wait the rest of
there life in jail, which can exceed 60 years. Which brings me around to my next
What happens if we do get rid of the...