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There have been over 55000 homicides committed in California since the death penalty was re established This is the equivalent of killing every citizen in the towns of Carlsbad Ca or the town of Pensacola Fla There have been over 467000 homicides committed in the United States since the US Supreme court allowed executions in 1976 up to 1994 This relates to the fact that every hour in the United States 28 people will be a victim to a homicide If you have 4 people at your dinner table tonight it could mean that tomorrow night 3 wont be there Internet Resource Unable to Find URL As for the much heated argument of the penal system accidentally executing an innocent person I must point out that in this imperfect world citizens are required to take certain risks in exchange for relative safety Convicted murderers have taken far more innocent lives than the supposedly 23 innocents mistakenly executed this century For instance released and paroled criminals murder up to 13000 American citizens each year These are the serious flaws in life sentences that abolitionists prefer to trivialize to nonexistenceSome might ask What if it were YOU who were to be wrongfully executed for a crime you didnt commit This is where Im supposed to be seized by paranoid terror To answer that question I would have to consider which is more important to me my personal safety or the common good Common decency and ethics demand that I place the common good far above my personal safety Therefore I am morally obligated to take that risk To do otherwise would be selfish of me not to mention cowardly Also the death penalty isnt the only institution that requires that we accept risks in exchange for social benefits We in fact mindlessly use far more dangerous institutions that take the lives of innocents by the hundreds every day like the three or four tons of lethal metal
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