The Death penalty has been around for
ages. In the Roman empire prisoners were thrown into an arena and had to fight
to the death against lions and other wild animals. France become famous for their
guillotine usage and countries in the middle east were known to stoning people
to death. Nowadays most of these countries do not use these capital punishment
anymore, nonetheless death penalty still exists as of today in the United
States of America. It is time for America to realize what it is doing and to discontinue
the death penalty.
death penalty is irreversible. After execution, there is no going back. This
may lead to people dying for crimes they did not commit. An example of this is
a Texas man named Cameron Todd Willingham. He was executed in Texas in 2004 for
allegedly setting a fire that killed his three daughters. After his execution,
evidence revealed that Willingham did not set the fire that caused the death of
his daughters. Sadly it was too late.
Secondly, the death
penalty does not deter murder. A study done by the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public
Health has shown that people do not second guess their action knowing they
might be sentenced to death. Murder is usually an act of passion. This
indicates that the killer did not premeditate his crime. Most murders are a
result of an escalated situation. Therefore the death penalty is not a fitting
punishment when arguing it should scare off potential murderers. It only
applies on a small group that has premeditated the murder. They however, tend
to commit it no matter what punishment.
penalty additionally breaks one of the most basic human right: the right to
life. According to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has
the right to life. When one person is sentenced to death, his right to life is
taken away from that person. It also violates the right not to be subjected to
torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.
Furthermore, the death penalty undermines human dignity which is inherent to
every human being.
With many cons
against the death penalty, It is time for the United States of America to officially
discontinue the death penalty in all the states.