The Moral Dilemma Of The Death Sentence

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There are many instances where a person is executed wrongfully, if this is the case, why do it at all? If a loved one is murdered, and their murderer was sentenced to death, if given the opportunity, would you spare them their life? I believe if you chose not to spare a human life, you chose wrong; I plan on arguing why this is morally wrong, and how it could be resolved.
Let’s analyze a scenario, a woman’s husband was murdered, she is certain that he is guilty of it because he confessed to the murder on the day he was going to be executed. The widow is then visited by the inmate’s wife, begging for forgiveness, and pleading for her to save her husband’s life. Should she save him from being executed or let him be put to death? I would argue that she should not let him die. It goes back to the old saying “two wrongs don’t make a right.” Though she may not see it right away because of feelings of fury and anger, this decision should be made carefully because it will affect the rest of her life. If she were to let him be put to death she may experience feelings of guilt for making the wrong decision, and letting the execution take place. As the saying goes, “an eye for an eye,” is not always the best solution.
Is this not what we try to teach our children as they grow into adulthood? How will she explain to her children that the person who murdered their father was executed, and although she could have prevented it, she did not? She went back on the lessons that people try to teach their children every day; to show compassion, have integrity, and live by good morals. What decisions you make now will have consequences in the end. Therefore, if you make a decision that is out of context, or immoral, it will forever be on your conscience. She will be going against all of her moral beliefs and sending the wrong message to her children, changing how they view the world and the people in it.
It is unethical to believe that someone deserves to die. The only upside to allowing someone to be executed would be to know that they will never be able to commit the act again. But is it worth it when you know that taking the higher road, and not in a sense, stooping to their level, is the morally correct thing to do? Would you really want to spend the rest of your life wondering if you have had a hand in a person’s death? Or would you rather understand that retaliation is not the answer.
The decision to stop the murderer from being executed is the solution to the victim’s moral dilemma. In some instances, such as the scenario I described, the person can still be prosecuted for the crime by serving a life sentence. By allowing the justice system to take a person’s life in retribution, you will only be letting the murderer off easily. They will never live with the fact that they took an innocent life. It will only leave you with the feeling that you, yourself took a life.
Another downside to being pro death penalty is that unless there is an extensive...

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