Death Penalty: Should it be legal? ( Final)


“Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars” – Martin Luther King. Death penalty rates are increasing as times go on, leading to a huge controversial debate over whether is should be legal or not. People have very different opinions based off of this topic, i’m here to give you a look into both sides of the debate.

You get what you give Theory

Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars”

— Martin Luther King JR

Many people throughout this debate have been pulling the you deserve to get what you give card. Meaning if you kill someone, you should be killed. But is this a correct thought? People have also made the statement that once you kill someone you face life in prison. They have the same punishment set for every person who commits murder, regardless if you kill 1,2 or even 10 people. It does not matter if it is a child, an infant, an adult or an elder, you face the same punishment as everyone else. This shows that the law is basing its punishments as if you kill one person you have life in prison, but all of the murders you commit after the first one are freebies. “That is not justice!”  George Brauchler, JD once said. He believes that if you commit more than one murder you should face death penalty.

Death Penalty is just adding to the death rates :

On the other hand, people see death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment and believe it should be illegal. Gavin Newsom once said, “The intentional killing of another person is wrong and as Governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual.”. Regardless of the crimes that others have committed, killing is wrong and it should not legal. Every situation is different and I think that’s why the people who believe it should be illegal feel the

way they do. No matter the reason behind you committing the killing, you’re still killing another person intentionally, and that’s not humble.

My opinion:

I have a very strong opinion on the death penalty debate. I believe that death

penalty should be illegal in all states, regardless of the circumstances. People are always worried and complaining about the death rates and how they are so high and how the world is dying off but yet they still think that killing someone just because they committed murder is okay. I do agree that murder is wrong but I feel that when people who are murderers have something wrong in their brain and mindset. Instead of facing people with death penalty, we should invest in help for the people who have those thoughts. I do agree that they should be put in prison but they also need therapy or sessions where they can talk about what they did and why they did it.