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TO KILL A KILLER A few of my friends and I once saw a bumper sticker that questioned Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong Suddenly there was a wild riot of arguments between us Even though on that day I was out numbered two to three I was and today still am against the death penalty as a deterrent to crime The death penalty is not an effective way to punish a criminal Even states that use the death penalty seem to have a higher number of homicides than states that do not use it It does not seem to show its effectiveness since states that have the death penalty present no long-term differences in the murder in comparison of the murder rate of their adjacent states So if capital punishment isnt lowering the murder rate why waste the extra money Since dollar signs seem to rule Americas minds most tax payers feel that too much of their taxes are going towards maintaining prisons and feeding inmates A recent study found that it costs more to put a prisoner to death with any method than it does to imprison them for life Also in the US the chief objection to capital punishment is that it was always used unfairly First women are rarely sentenced to death and executed even though 20 of all homicides in recent years have been committed by women Second a study conducted by US News and a World Report showed that a disproportionate number of nonwhites are sentenced to death and executed Yet many people especially family members of murder victims want to see the offenders dead I have no objection to the emotions families have when a loved one is killed and the family wants their satisfaction of knowing that the killer is dead as well but death is too quick The mother of a murdered son has
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