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Is the Death Penalty Right or Wrong The idea of putting another human to death is hard to completely fathom The physical mechanics involved in the act of execution are easy to grasp but the emotions involved in carrying out a death sentence on another person regardless of how much they deserve it is beyond my own understanding I know it must be painful dehumanizing and sickening However this act is sometimes necessary and it is our responsibility as a society to see that it is done Opponents of capital punishment have basically four arguments The first is that there is a possibility of error However the chance that there might be an error is separate from the issue of whether the death penalty can be justified or not If an error does occur and an innocent person is executed then the problem lies in the court system not in the death penalty Furthermore most activities in our world in which humans are involved possess a possibility of injury or death Construction sports driving and air travel all offer the possibility of accidental death even though the highest levels of precautions are taken These activities continue to take place and continue to occasionally take human lives because we have all decided as a society that the advantages outweigh the unintended loss We have also decided that the advantages of having dangerous murderers removed from our society outweigh the losses of the offender The second argument against capital punishment is that it is unfair in its administration Statistics show that the poor and minorities are more likely to receive the death penalty Once again this is a separate issue It cant be disputed sadly the rich are more likely to get off with a lesser sentence and this bias is wrong However this is yet another problem of our current court system The racial and economic bias is not a valid argument against the death penalty
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