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Electrocution . . . gas chamber . . . lethal injection . . . field shooting . . . all are forms of the death penalty used across the United States. Some believe that when one person takes the life of another, that person’s life should be taken as well. They should pay for what they did. But honestly . . . is capital punishment used to make the murderer pay for what he did? Or is it simply revenge?
Capital punishment is wrong. In my opinion, it is barbaric. It is revenge, and it teaches revenge as well. Do two wrongs make a right? Do two murders instead of one make everything okay? We need to distinguish the difference between our emotions and what is right. I will admit—if someone killed someone I loved, I would probably want that person to die. But I would be irrationally thinking, too blinded by grief and emotion to tell the difference between right and wrong.
The death penalty gives criminals a way out. I...
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