ANSWERS: 51
  • Only if you can be absolutely 100% sure the accused is guilty and there can never be any fresh evidence discovered or scientific process developed to cast doubt on the verdict. and even then I do not believe death should be the only sentence available.
  • I disagree. Most developed countries have abolished the penalty, and there have not been many adverse consequences.
  • Eye for an eye!!!
  • Nope. I support the death penalty, but I don't think it is the end all punishment. There are many reasons a person might kill and not all of them are mean and malicious reasons.
  • Disagree. Sometimes those who die truly regret what they did, and the worst possible punishment is living with what happened. To quote someone on this: “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
  • Reciprocity..an eye for an eye..you take someone's life (as in murder), you don't deserve to live yours. Harsh? Well, murdering someone is harsh as well, don't you think? :) Happy Monday.
  • In my country (the UK) state executions have been illegal for half a century. From this perspective the idea of the state performing legal killing seems to be barbaric.
  • The sentence for murder should never be death. I mean, what the hell is the point of that? "It's wrong to kill someone, so as punishment, you will be killed." What kind of message does that send?
  • Disagree. There are too many case of the wrong person being executed. One innocent person dead is one too many. Thou shalt not kill.
  • As a person who had a sister murdered by her husband I would still say no. If he was put to death it over, it over. I want him to think about what he did each and everyday. I want him to suffer by staying alive and having to be behind bar away from who he loves. Yes it took me almost 15 years to come to this conclusion. At first I wanted him put to death, but that is too good for him.
  • Disagree. I am pro-death penalty, but it should be applied with reason and under specific conditions. If there are three or more witnesses, DNA evidence and a proper state of mind of the murderer, then light him up. If there is circumstantial evidence with no witnesses, life in prison.
  • Disagree. 100%. I am against the death penalty.
  • I kind of disagree. I think there should always be a set of rules that need to be satisfied before 86ing the bad guy. Was it murder that bordered on self defense? Was it an accident? Was the executee really the guy that did it? I think if the evidence is beyond the shadow of a doubt - cold blooded malicious murder.-- Then we should "do" them. I see no point in stacking up bad guys like cord wood and feeding them for the rest of their lives. And I would suggest that we go back to firing squad. Bullets are cheap.
  • I agree but our justice system in the US needs to make sure that they are 100% sure that the guy their killing is actually guilty. sure they all say they are inocent but 1 out of 100 killed may be.
  • What are you, a Republican?? <psshht>
  • Disagree wholeheartedly. In an ideal world with no human failings it's possible to have a law work that is this absolute, but the latest news is that humans are fallible. Witnesses sometimes lie, lawyers are sometimes crap, and the police do sometimes falsify evidence. Not good news if you're facing eternity on the say-so of a liar, a fool or a crook. Murder (or what appears in court as murder) covers a wide spectrum of events and circumstances. A single, black and white law will always fail to account for such variables. I appreciate the comforting nature of absolutes, but unfortunately we live in an imperfect world.
  • We have no death sentence in the Uk,and an average sentence for premeditated murder is 15 years,and the convicted person can be released after serving only 11 years or less. When we had capital punishment(hanging) there were many miscariages of justice where people were hanged and at a later date were proved to be innocent,and had to be pardoned. My view is this,that if they are not hanged for the offence of premeditated murder which once carried a death sentence, then they should stay in prison for their natural life.If at a later date new evidence comes to light that proves them innocent,then they can be released with monetary compensation for loss of liberty.Others will disagree,but this is my honest opinion
  • Disagree.
  • Disagree. Killing people who kill people to show killing is wrong makes no sense to me.
  • Agree 100%. If someone murders another person, I don't want his ass sitting in prison for the next 30 years living off of my tax dollars! Fry him and be done with it!
  • i disagree.there is no excuse for taking a life.
  • strongly disagree
  • I disagree because some people are convicted of crimes when they are innocent.
  • life in prison would be better. death will happen in due time.
  • Disagree. Not all murders are the same. For example, I would not execute a female, who in an uncontrolled rage, killed the man who raped her at his trial. In fact, I would give her the most lenient sentence possible. I would execute a man who sexually molests and then murders a child.
  • The Bible states an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. So yes if a person commits murder they deserve tto be treated the same. That would almost cut the money used to run the already overcrowded jails in half.
  • No, for there is self defense and then manslaughter, both of which are not near as bad as premed, and by that, I mean 1st degree. In addition, I believe that anyone who tries to kill themselves, i.e, commit suicide, should be tried under attempted murder charges. :)
  • I disagree, there are too many issues to take into account.
  • i disagree. its too argumentative to express why i believe it shouldn't be allowed. too much emotion wrapped in the argument for the other side.
  • Yeah, disagree. I could rant on about the moral implications, but screw that -- how the hell is a death sentence supposed to teach a criminal a lesson? Plus it makes us into animals. Look at Saddam. As much as he may have deserved it, the American people went into animal mode during that time. It was sickening. I am ignoring the fact that it was Saddam who was killed, I am looking solely at the reaction of the American media and government. Images of his hanging at prime time is enough to exemplify to me how wide acceptance the death penalty leads to wide spread animalism, inhumanism. I made up those words :D. So yeah, disagree.
  • By the same means as you used to commit the crime.
  • No. If somebody broke into my house and was going to hurt my child I would kill them and hope not to be charged with murder.
  • I am all for capital punishment, but think that mandatory sentences often result very inequitable results in unusual cases. A good example are the guys who end up with life in prison under the "three strikes laws" when there crimes are felonies but inappropriate for such a sentence.
  • For the most part, yes.
  • Intentional murder yes yo...
  • I disagree. I think circumstances need to be taken into account.
  • The law has a principal of degrees of severity. It's very important. Let's say that one man shoots another man. If the murderer now knows that he is going to be put to death, there is nothing to stop him from going on a killing spree, nothing to stop him from shooting anyone who tries to capture him. He has nothing left to lose. The death penalty is reserved for those who commit the most atrocious of crimes.
  • I disagree. I think it depends on the situation. For example, murder in self defence.
  • disagree. an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. you just end up with blind toothless people. it gets you no where. if a crime is bad enough, then yes. serial killers. but first offense? no.
  • depends on what was the cause of death!!!
  • No. All murders do not equal 100. Intent, torture beforehand, (rape, etc.), knowing the person, the degree of murder. All of those, plus more, comeinto account when it comes to murder. So it would be a nightmare to deal with. on a fairness note, we should make the requirement for the death penalty lower.
  • if say if you killed someone you should be sentenced and then at a later date if the police/investigation crew was 100% sure that it was him/her then thats when they should be sent to capital punishment
  • No. These are punishments or to keep other people safe, not revenge. Also, there is just not one kind of murder...people murder for different reasons: random crazy serial killer vs person who wants to collect insurance, to a person who was driven mad by the person they killed.
  • No way, it should be the decision of the family which lost a family member. I have never been in the situation, but i would probably want them alive to serve the rest of their life in a shit hole in prison and rot to death. That way they can enjoy a shitty life.
  • So let me get this straight, the solution to violence is more violence. Hmmm I think not. And it's long been known that the death penalty has no real deterrent effect.
  • disagree. the "always' part of your sentence alone would make me disagree even if i was a death penalty supporter. I think there is a clear difference between someone killing someone in a premeditated fashion. In any case i find the death penalty barbaric as does most of the world. The majority of the nations that support the death penalty are among the most brutal on this planet.
  • I'm for capital punishment, but I have to disagree. There are different reasons why murder is committed and not all should receive that severe of a punishment. That boy who killed his abusive family recently should not have to face the chair because of what he did for example.
  • In the case of most murders I think it should. There should be a very few acceptions though eg in the murderer has a long history of serious mental illness or if they murdered someone for being a rapist or beating up an old lady.
  • I agree unless it was self defence or something like that , otherwise if you killed someone to get money or something selfish like that,I'll pull the switch if you can't.
  • Only God can judge us, and only God can truly forgive our sin, so it is not for us to say.
  • No because in the case of self defense the person has a right to defend them selves!

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