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Death Penalty Acceptable or Not

  1. michael1mars profile image59
    michael1marsposted 7 years ago

    I'd say yes only on terrorists,pedophiles and serial killers. The rest jail is enough to teach them a lesson.

  2. TimTurner profile image80
    TimTurnerposted 7 years ago

    I don't believe in any kind of killing.  I don't even kill bugs (on purpose).  Sounds corny but I value all kinds of life.

    I would be open to humane scientific experiments on them to find out why they do the things they do though smile

    1. blbhhdcn profile image53
      blbhhdcnposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      As a sociologist, there are many theories emanating why "criminality" occurs

      1. TimTurner profile image80
        TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Haha no....I'm just always thinking and wondering why things are.

      2. Cagsil profile image59
        Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Of course there is....no doubt about that.

        lol

    2. michael1mars profile image59
      michael1marsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree but their are some people who are really deranged in the head(George Bush)

    3. starme77 profile image86
      starme77posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That...sounds like a great idea!

      1. TimTurner profile image80
        TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you!

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Only one problem.......it would never get by any advocate group.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      How are you on abortion?

      1. TimTurner profile image80
        TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I was for it until my friend and his wife wanted to abort a 5 1/2 month old fetus.  I had no idea you could do it so late.

        So, I'm against it now.

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          sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Good Man!

          1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
            Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            So, to turn that around does that mean you are against the death penalty in any case?

            1. TimTurner profile image80
              TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Yeah, in any case.

              1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
                Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I was asking sneako smile

                1. TimTurner profile image80
                  TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Oh haha

      2. michael1mars profile image59
        michael1marsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Abortion is acceptable in some cases.Some do use it for the wrong reasons.If it`s tenage pregnancy and can`t afford its okay or the persons gets raped and falls pregant.Otherwise wrap it up and accept responsability for your negligence

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Abortion is the right and choice of the female and to take that away from them is a violation of their right to choice.

  3. zadrobi profile image60
    zadrobiposted 7 years ago

    I wrote a 20 page paper on this for a discussion class once... I will just say that it's a lot cheaper NOT to impose the death penalty-- believe it or not.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
      Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I remember that, wrote a few papers on that too smile

      1. zadrobi profile image60
        zadrobiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Heaven help us wink

    2. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The method is expensive but I've got an alternative, if you're interested.

      lol

      1. zadrobi profile image60
        zadrobiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Go on

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Easy.....really.....presently the drugs for lethal injection are used, but expensive because they are received by legal drug manufacturers.

          I say.....use the drugs seized in drug raids....administer a lethal overdose......the inmate gets to go out with a bang and the states never have to use any money towards capital punishment.

          lol

          1. zadrobi profile image60
            zadrobiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Oh, I was referring more to the cost of the legal proceedings to put someone on death row.

            1. Cagsil profile image59
              Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              The court costs are petty compared to the amount taxpayers are on the hook for over a 20 year period.

              1. zadrobi profile image60
                zadrobiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Whatever you say

  4. Colebabie profile image60
    Colebabieposted 7 years ago

    So a guy fatally shoots a cop. Then shoots himself in the head. But he doesn't die. He becomes mentally handicapped as a result of his injury. Goes to court. Court says death penalty. But no dice, he's mentally handicapped. So he spends his life in jail. Tried for parole a few times so far... nothing yet (crossing fingers). I kinda think he should have gotten the death penalty. But what do you think?

    1. TimTurner profile image80
      TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Haha is this a real case??

      1. Colebabie profile image60
        Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yes.

        1. TimTurner profile image80
          TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Wow...well I don't believe in taking anyone or anything's life so he would survive in my book.  But I would not let the state pay for his medical care in prison.  I would release him to his family.

          If he is truly mentally challenged, then the state wouldn't have to worry about him re-offending and not have to pay for his care and room/board.

          1. Colebabie profile image60
            Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I understand your opinion. And thanks for your response smile
            But just wondering...So someone who committed a crime (murder) should be released to their family because of a self inflicted injury?

            1. TimTurner profile image80
              TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Yeah, as long as they were mentally challenged and wouldn't be a threat to society.  And keeps tax money from going to his/her care.

              That's just my thoughts.

              1. Cagsil profile image59
                Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Mentally challenged? They were that before they committed the crime.

                1. TimTurner profile image80
                  TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  No, the guy shot himself in the head and became mentally challenged after he killed the cop.  Something like that.

              2. Colebabie profile image60
                Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                But what if you were the cop's family member and saw the man in public? Do you think it to be fair that the man who killed your uncle was out free? Often emotions takes precedent over tax money when you're involved in the situation.

                1. TimTurner profile image80
                  TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Well, there wouldn't be a "fairness" on either side.  He can sit in prison for the rest of his life or get executed (either way costs a lot of money) while a truly hardened criminal gets a light sentence because there is no money or room for him.

                  In California last year, they let 20,000 prisoners go on early release because they couldn't afford to keep them in prison.  That's more scary to me than to let a mentally challenged murderer go back to his family.

  5. Uninvited Writer profile image84
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    Too many people are found innocent after years in jail for me to believe in the death penalty.

    1. TimTurner profile image80
      TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That's a very good point.  Illinois had to halt their death penalty after 3 or 4 were found innocent after they were executed.

      And how many people are suing for millions after being released from DNA evidence, after being in prison for years and years?

      Guess who is paying for their millions that they win?  Taxpayers.

      1. G.L.A. profile image81
        G.L.A.posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        We need to be thankful for DNA technology.. it will help alleviate conviction of innocents in the future. As far as the $$$$$$ lawsuits by the innocents.. how much is a year of our life worth? and then multiplied by the number of years robbed from them?  Maybe our judicial system needs a makeover???  As far as the actual guilty, sentenced to death.. turn them over to the families of their victims. I'm sure they'd take care of it free of charge. (It's easy to take the 'no-kill' attitude when the victim isn't your child or loved one)

        1. TimTurner profile image80
          TimTurnerposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I can't tell what side you are for haha

  6. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I agree in the use of 'capital punishment', but not in the way it is used.

    I don't agree with inmates sitting and awaiting execution for 20+ years......it shouldn't take that long to carry out a sentence.

    I also don't agree on the prison situation, as is....3.6 Million criminals who are convicted of crimes against humanity should be treated better than the homeless people who are forced to live out in the streets because they can not afford to 'pay' a specific prices for accomodations.

    All inmates are given food, shelter, clothes, TV/Cable and other benefits, while millions scourge garbage cans for food or shelter.

  7. jenblacksheep profile image84
    jenblacksheepposted 7 years ago

    I'm definitely against the death penalty, I don't think anyone has the right to take away the life of another. Whoever they are. I agree with Uninvited Writer ... what happens if you kill someone who is actually innocent?

    I am also fairly sure that for many, life imprisonment would actually be worse than death. I just wish that when people were given 'life' in prison, it actually meant life in prison. Not 14 years and then parole or watever.

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      How would you know if a person was innocent if they are executed?

      The case would be close and no further investigation is warranted.

      So, you wouldn't know unless someone comes forward.

      1. Colebabie profile image60
        Colebabieposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Or new evidence is discovered/studied further.

  8. R P Chapman profile image61
    R P Chapmanposted 7 years ago

    The rigidity of the law is the problem. While there remain clear cut examples where the death penalty is suitable, and also clear cut examples where it has been prescribed incorrectly, the law needs to dictate one way or the other.

    For me, I'd rather let some murderers live in jail than accidentally kill innocent people.

  9. aware profile image70
    awareposted 7 years ago

    a life for a life .its not acceptable but its a right.my idea on this is that it should be the victims family's choice and responsibility to carry  this penalty out .for a government that kills on a wholesale manner at war many of those being lives of innocence . thats unacceptable to me . but if someone murders my child the goverment should make way for me to carry out true justice.in this way blood is on my hands only not other americans that do not belive in the practice. when our nation kills we kill we are all complict in it

  10. Jeffrey Neal profile image88
    Jeffrey Nealposted 7 years ago

    I am an eye for an eye type of guy.  Death penalty for you if you take another's life unjustifiably.

    I am curious, zadrobi and UW.  What were your findings on the cost of capital punishment?  Was it the length of time criminals sit on death row?

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I know of one place.....a politician in California said it was too expensive....within that 10 years.

      Who exactly? Don't remember., but I'm sure there is some place you could find the statistics.....considering there are statistics for almost everything nowadays.

  11. blbhhdcn profile image53
    blbhhdcnposted 7 years ago

    life imprisonment is more terrible than death sentence.

  12. Sandy Thorn profile image58
    Sandy Thornposted 7 years ago

    Humans apply the death penalty.  Humans are fallible.  Death penalty is final and irreversible, so should not be imposed by fallible beings.

    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

    1. elisabethkcmo profile image82
      elisabethkcmoposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree... too many overturned cases, the system is unjust

      1. Sandy Thorn profile image58
        Sandy Thornposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        "Government ... can’t be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of its citizens to kill."  HELEN PREJEAN

  13. aware profile image70
    awareposted 7 years ago

    to repeat  if someone takes the life  with intent of my loved ones . its my intent to kill them back publicly and in the most brutal of way. in no way is it acceptable .  nor right . its not about justice. its not about revenge. its about punishment.

  14. spease profile image84
    speaseposted 7 years ago

    The biggest problem with the death penalty is. How could you live with killing even 1 innocent person. We should build more prisons and not let the violent criminals out.  I can never understand how they can let out a sex offender that they think will do it again.

  15. bgpappa profile image86
    bgpappaposted 7 years ago

    with proper safeguards, yes

  16. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    the judical system is too flawed

 
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