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I Am Against the Death Penalty

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    Réflexions Sur La Guillotine

    I read this last year and wow. The most persuasive and logical argument I have ever heard on the subject. I read it in the book "Resistance, Rebellion, and Death" From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflections_on_the_guillotine : Reflections on the Guillotine...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jan 9, 2008

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    Why I Don't Believe In The Death Penalty

    In a perfect world of right and wrong, the death penalty would probably be appropriate for henious crimes. But it isn't and we have some prosecutors willing to break the law and withhold evidence and even lie if they think they can get by with it. There are many people that...
    Brahma57 Brahma57 51-55, M 3 Responses Sep 7, 2012

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    For A Simple Reason

    I don't necessarily oppose capital punishment based on the moral dilemma of taking someone's life, which I won't even get into here. There is a much more pragmatic reason to ban it: innocent people do get convicted of crimes. There's no escaping that, the judicial system is far...
    AldousHuxtable AldousHuxtable 41-45, M 2 Responses Sep 23, 2013

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    Half-@Ssed "Dissertation"

    I could write a longer and more thought-out version of this, but I will save it for when I need to for a class. Aside from the whole hypocrisy of (mis)interpreting the Bible to suit your worldview (as is so common as to be ubiquitous), there are many more reasons to oppose state...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 15, 2013

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    The Death Penalty I believe

    that no one should have the right to take the life of another human being. But, without anything better offered or help offered to the victims' family, then most people feel that the death penalty is the only answer. We need to help the mentally ill by providing healthcare, as...
    insanepoet84 insanepoet84 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 7, 2013

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    There have been, and still are,

    SO MANY issues with the death penalty... but I feel like there is ONE case that sums up everything that is wrong with the death penalty. Jesse Tafero. Basically, Tafero was an innocent man who was executed in one of the most horribly botched, painful executions ever. He and...
    Boulier Boulier 16-17, F 6 Responses Feb 9

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    Troy Davis And Others...

    It's fairly obvious to anyone familiar with this case that Georgia just executed an innocent man tonight.I'm against the death penalty, period. But to have a man killed amidst such serious doubt... It sickens me, truly.And you have nutjob conservatives cheering Rick Perry for...
    VendettA12 VendettA12 33, M 6 Responses Sep 22, 2011

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    Innocent People Would Certainly Be Hanged

    I think the whole thing about state sponsored killing is just gross. But worse than that is the number of innocent people who would be wrongfully hanged. A few years ago there was a spate of high profile releases of people who were serving life sentences for terrorist offenses...
    carolyn25 carolyn25 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 7, 2013

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    Death Is Too Good.

    Now, when I say that I'm against the death penalty, I'm not saying it because I'm a do-gooder, but because I think killing some of these bastards is too good for them. Making them spend the rest of their life in prison is the best punishment for them I think.
    CreedenceGold CreedenceGold 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 20, 2012

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    A Part Of The Problem

    We have seen a troubling number of cases across the US in the last few years in which a person sentenced to death was, in fact, innocent of the crime for which they were sentenced. There is good reason to believe that at least several innocent people have been executed. While...
    HStoner HStoner 51-55, M 9 Responses Jun 5, 2012

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    Death

    I can see him standing right there callin me. The devil sanding there laughing at me.
    Bassfisher67 Bassfisher67 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2013

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    Alwaysssss

        The first point is the most obvious: it is simply inhumane to kill some one! What the legal Justice system is trying to do with the death penalty is show that killing people is wrong by killing people who kill people. How on earth does that sound right?  ...
    realitychallenged realitychallenged 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 15, 2008

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    Eye For An Eye.

    I don't think the concept of eye for an eye is an effective grounds for punishment, especially iif we want to call ourselves a 'civilized' society. If a thief steals $1,000 do we just deduct that amount from his bank account? Surely that punishment isn't sufficient. Do...
    deleted deleted 26-30 30 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    A Gift From The God

    I think the death penalty is a try of fighting against the God. Most of us, is involved in some religious groups. I definitely think most of us are believers. I do not insert in how we believe and how do we understand meaning of a religion and a faith, but avoiding of killing of...
    michalmos michalmos 31-35, M 4 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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    Not In Concept, But In Practice

    As much as I would love to see all child and animal abusers dead, the fact is that in practice the death penalty is overwhelmingly applied to offenders of color for their crimes against white victims. If we are to implement the death penalty in real life it would have be done in...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F Aug 10, 2013

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    Petition To Save A Woman Who Will Be Hung

    Full ViewSave Sakineh From: Alice Jay - Avaaz.org Add to Contacts -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Make sure Avaaz alerts reach your inbox: click "Add to Contacts" to add avaaz@avaaz.org to your address book, and click the "Not...
    bitterdregs bitterdregs 46-50, F 5 Responses Jul 10, 2010

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    Sure Am..

     We don't have it in this country any more and I'm glad. there is always a slight chance a person is innocent. What if you kill someone then realize they were telling the truth about their innocent you can't bring them back and say oops sorry we made a mistake can you..? and...
    LunaWolff LunaWolff 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2009

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    I Don't Know

    I'm against the death penalty because i believe that life is a gift,and we should try preserve it,but sometimes i wonder why should we feed this useless creature?
    blackweirdcat blackweirdcat 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 9, 2013

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    Oldie But A Goodie

    I have never heard a convincing , rational argument for state sanctioned murder . If anyone has one please share .Also those for the death penalty , why do you not condemn soldiers who murder innocents . Why are murderers in uniforms okay but not civilian murderers ?
    Smackhead Smackhead 70+, F 1 Response May 21, 2013

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    Please Save Linda Carty - British Grandmother Facing Execution In Texas

    I’m appalled by the tragic story of Linda Carty, which recently featured on British TV recently. As summarised in the Guardian newspaper, she is a British citizen born in the West Indies and sent to death row in Texas in 2002. She's due to be executed for her involvement in the...
    Hypericum Hypericum 56-60, M 39 Responses Dec 3, 2011

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    Hypocritical

    It is hypocritical of us. They are in jail because they killed someone , therefore they are looked down on and rejected by society. But then we decide it is okay for police or guards to be exactly like them and kill ...
    Portraitofme Portraitofme 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 4, 2012

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    An Eye For An Eye and the World Goes Blind.

      "But what if it was your loved one killed? What if it was your child raped and murdered?"  This is the most common argument for the death penalty that I hear. My honset answer would be that, hell yes I would be angry! Hell yes I would want blood, I would...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    I Can Understand

    For the people who love someone and have them tortured, raped, and murdered must be the most painful experience alive. Having to see that "pile of scum" look at you in the eyes at the process is even harder.But, then what?I've heard that many of the families are relieved for a...
    Thepinkcoconut Thepinkcoconut 18-21, F 1 Response May 23, 2012

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    I Am Not

    I don't think the issue of the death penalty should be religious, morale, or ethical, rather the facts and the purpose it serves. I think that if a person is so evil, disturbed, and dangerous to society, it is common sense he should not be allowed to continue living with the...
    20cincireds12 20cincireds12 18-21, M 7 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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    Voices For Death Row Inmates

    Voices for Death Row inmates tries to highlight as many cases and issues as possible, we will do this through facebook, forums, twitter and blogs. If you have a case to highlight, petition, or another death penalty related issue to highlight please post on this facebook and...
    scotkaz scotkaz 41-45 Sep 8, 2012

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    What A Country

    if you kill someone we will kill you back....what a country
    devilmademedoit devilmademedoit 26-30 2 Responses Dec 7, 2009

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    It Doesn't Make Sense

    The death penalty hasn't been proven to deter crime... and criminal cases in which a death penalty is pursued take longer to investigate and cost more money... money which can go to programs and funds that actually are PROVEN to reduce crime... It's wrong to kill people, no...
    paperalias paperalias 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 21, 2008

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    I use to support the death penalty,

    until I realised that sentencing someone to death is not really a punishment. Death is a part of life. We are all bound to die anyway. Then how is sentencing someone to take part in a natural process of life a punishment? It would be like sentencing some one to drink water...
    kalila37 kalila37 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 9

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    Eye Witness.

    The reason I am against the death penalty is because of something that happened to me when I was a little 2nd grader. In 2nd grade one of the biggest crimes you can commit is not crossing the street at the corner with the crossing guard. One morning on my way into the class room...
    barbsat barbsat 51-55, T 5 Responses Jan 6, 2012

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    I don't agree with this at all I've had a

    member of my family murdered and I still wouldn't want the guilty party sentenced to death I think he should be made to suffer like the act he inflicted
    woodyemma2013 woodyemma2013 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    Death Penalty Creates Ghosts

    I do not believe any person has a right to kill another except in self-defense.  I believe that executing people causes souls that, having lived in fear and terror and anger and rage before their death, cause them to often become earthbound.  Being earthbound, they have...
    FlowersNButterflies FlowersNButterflies 51-55, F 12 Responses Jul 14, 2010

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    Capital Punishment Is a Capital Crime

    I believe that it is a good thing that we've (Uk) stopped using the death penalty. I feel it is an awful thing and, should you get the wrong person, you'd be in a difficult position for killing an innocent person. I feel that we did the right thing to get rid of capital...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 28, 2007

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    Bjork: The 107 Steps

    Disturbing.
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 11 Responses Oct 24, 2013

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    Asians Really Only Care About Their Own Families, Nothing More

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE5UCqpmZag
    trilo2 trilo2 18-21, M Sep 15, 2013

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    You Don't Have the Right

    As normal people don't have the right to kill other people (as we don't live in anarchy...), no judge should be able to give the death penalty. You did not give that person life, so you don't have the right to take it back (don't view this as something religious). No one, and I...
    whatsername whatsername 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 23, 2007

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    The death penalty is the easy way out.

    If I had to choose between life in prison and that it's a no brainer
    rachelle1972 rachelle1972 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    I Am Againist But Not For People Like...

    Femitheist who advocates total extinction of men.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 6, 2013

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    The Science Speaks For Itself

    i am a student of the philosophical sciences and we discussed this same issue in my Logic class. Morally i don't really have an opinion on this; of all the things i am concerned with at the moment, this is not very high on the list. What does bother my very much about the death...
    SinnersMuse SinnersMuse 18-21, F 8 Responses Sep 21, 2011

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    WHAT Would Jesus Do?

    An Army chaplain, who was also a Special Forces officer before he "saw the light", explained it to me like this: "Remember when they tacked Jesus up on that cross?  Who was on either side of him, also being crucified that day?" Two criminals...
    sturmbringener sturmbringener 46-50, M 11 Responses Oct 23, 2007

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    A Play About The Problems With The Death Penalty And Wrongful Conviction

    I've written a play called "Outrageous Fortune" which is inspired by several true stories of people being caught in the claws of our faulty justice system. This play helps spread the message that wrongful conviction is a HUGE problem in our country that has to stop! And, as a...
    ThePamQuinn ThePamQuinn 26-30, F Aug 28, 2013

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    The-Riddle Riddle

    If murderer is one who kills... How would you call one who kills the murderer?
    NemesisVs NemesisVs 31-35, F 5 Responses May 8, 2013

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    I believe it is unchristian.

    The Old Testament recommended an eye for an eye, but the New Testament is a new covenant of forgiveness. You cannot conceive that our Lord would sanction it (think for example of the woman taken in adultery, who the pharisees wanted to execute) Furthermore there have been...
    Explorer1958 Explorer1958 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 13

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    For Three Reasons Only.

    The first being that there have been far too many innocent people killed.The second being that death is the 'easy way out' for the convict. Purging a life sentence behind bars is far more of a punishment than a few weeks or months on death row.The third reason is that...
    jimmyrudyjump jimmyrudyjump 46-50, M 14 Responses Mar 4, 2011

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    Not Too Sure What to a Say...

    i am opposed to the death penalty. i just dont think that killing someone who killed is a wise way to teach people killing is wrong. thats kind of like hitting your kid who hits to teach them that hitting is wrong. i do, however, believe in an eye for an eye. i do feel...
    antiyou antiyou 26-30, F 83 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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    To Take a Life Is Wrong.....period.

    The world is filled with people who say they believe in heaven and hell, God, Jesus, the almighty. Yet the same people who claim to believe in the afterlife never take into consideration what they do on Earth has a direct affect on how your soul survives in the afterlife. I find...
    beautybee beautybee 46-50, F 17 Responses Oct 7, 2007

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    It's absolutely pointless.

    It's just an easy escape from punishment. They should just give them perpetual.
    c4mila c4mila 13-15, F Jan 28

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    No Justification

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who wants to see the death penalty brought back to Countries that abolished it years ago simply because they believe that some offenses deserve death and by so doing would deter others from copying the crimes. The same law that...
    freezywater freezywater 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 15, 2013

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    I Can See How You Want To Be Against It But...

    each murderer is different. Some would love the death penalty others fear it. When need every avenue to deter crime from happening in the first place.
    reb38 reb38 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 7, 2013

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    California Ruling Could Effect Death Sentences For Peterson, Others

    Supreme Court ruling could affect Peterson's appeal By Paul Elias  The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro's mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M Jul 18, 2012

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    A Personal And Potentially Embarrassing Revelation

    I have told almost none of my friends and acquaintances about this (though I plan to, eventually). I have a feeling that if they were told, their jaws would clatter to the floor. I would be quite uncomfortable speaking about it and would bumble, squirm and fumble out of shame and...
    Eeney Eeney 22-25, F Apr 16, 2013

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    It's Not Cruel Enough

    Ever noticed that so called "Right To Life-ers" almost invariably favor the death penalty?  Am I missing something or is this insane?  I guess their reasoning goes - It's fine and dandy to kill a person when a person is a person - but when an entity is...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto 56-60, M 21 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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    Death Penalty, its the easy way out from

    criminals. Think, would you rather sit in jail the rest of your life, be abused, and neglected. Or be dead. Most people would choose to be dead. Also, its just wrong! It says so in the constitution. So why are we still doing it? Why do some rapists get death penalty, not all...
    MaddyAlexis MaddyAlexis 13-15, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    I Strongly Oppose Capital Punishment Because ...

    EP apparently has a feature called "Asker" that submits questions by members for community feedback. One question asks if members support or oppose capital punishment - the death penalty. I condensed my answer as compactly as I could for the forum that I presume prefers short...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 10, 2012

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