Death penalty-YES vs. no

The death penalty is sound.

Capital punishment has always been a controversial topic, and I’ve made an effort to listen to both sides of the argument before forming an opinion on the subject. I have come to the conclusion that the death penalty is the only appropriate way to address the problem of crime in the country.

I am not insensitive to the people who have committed these crimes. In fact, each human life deserves to be valued. I can only imagine the place of pain and depression a person would have to be in to commit murder and the even worse place after actually committing it. However, the victim’s life has just as much value, and deserves to be honored.

Many people believe that the death penalty is a petty form of revenge. I would argue that it is not a vengeful concept, but one of justice. Every human has made mistakes in this life, and that does not mean that they are an awful person. They should know that their actions can be forgiven, but every mistake still comes with repercussions and consequences that must be accepted. And the consequence should be realistically tailored to the crime. Therefore, the death penalty isn’t simply what opposers call “an eye for an eye;” the sentence is the proper and only worthy consequence for the action. The punishment for a crime as heinous as murder shouldn’t be the same as other lesser crimes. For the family of the victim, the only way they can start to heal is if they know that justice was served in the right way.

Also, the presence of the death penalty is one of the only ways to stop crimes such as murder and terrorism in this world. As a child, the only reason I wouldn’t steal from the cookie jar was because of the promise that had I done so, I wouldn’t have gotten dinner because of a “ruined appetite.” Then, I had thought this was one of the most unfair rules of them all, but looking back, I realize that it served its purpose. People who commit crimes that are punishable by death are often not concerned with the prospect of going to jail. Being locked up for the rest of their lives may seem like a worthy punishment to someone against the death penalty, but it’s not a punishment that would cause any decrease in crimes like these. Whatever position people find themselves in, they all value their own lives, and the prospect of losing it could cause anyone to hesitate before “pulling the trigger.”