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INTRODUCTION 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 the 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 Capital punishment debates can quickly turn heated and argumentative because of the very dramatic nature of the topic Most people either completely support capital punishment or are completely against it Unfortunately there is no middle road that you can take you cant half kill a person for a crime I will argue that capital punishment for first degree murder is a necessary part of living in a civilized society Capital Punishment dates back to the bible and seems to be a normal part of life in many cultures through the years I will start my argument by defending some of the arguments made by opponents of capital punishment and then present some arguments in favor capital punishment ARGUMENTS Opponents of the death penalty have basically four arguments The first is the 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 and not 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 as a society have decided that the
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