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Capital Punishment deters murder and is just Retribution Capital punishment is the execution of criminals by the state for committingcrimes regarded so heinous that this is the only acceptable punishment Capitalpunishment does not only lower the murder rate but its value as retribution alone isa good reason for handing out death sentences Support for the death penalty in theUS has risen to an average of 80 according to an article written by Richard Worsnopentitled Death penalty debate centres on Retribution this figure is slightly lower inCanada where support for the death penalty is at 72 of the population over 18 yearsof age as stated in article by Kirk Makir in the March 26 1987 edition of the Globe andMail titled BC MPs split on Death Penalty The death penalty deters murder by putting the fear of death into would bekillers A person is less likely to do something if he or she thinks that harm will cometo him Another way the death penalty deters murder is the fact that if the killer isdead he will not be able to kill again Most supporters of the death penalty feel that offenders should be punished fortheir crimes and that it does not matter whether it will deter the crime rate Supportersof the death penalty are in favour of making examples out of offenders and that thethreat of death will be enough to deter the crime rate but the crime rate is irrelevant According to Isaac Ehrlichs study published on April 16 1976 eight murders aredeterred for each execution that is carried out in the USA He goes on to say If oneexecution of a guilty capital murderer deters the murder of one innocent life theexecution is justified To most supporters of the death penalty like Ehrlich if even 1life is saved for countless executions of the guilty it is a good reason for the
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