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When turning on the television radio or simply reading the local newspaper one is overwhelmed with news of arrests murders homicides serial killers and other serious crimes It is rare not to go through a day in this world and not hear of these things Still some government officials in our country seem a bit uncertain about what steps to take in order to minimize the actions of serious or potential offenders Not only is it committing a crime but also today it is ending ones life either physically or in a prison cell This is a risk one is taking when he decides to stab someone with a knife or pull a trigger but is it really up to our justice system to decide ones fate There are many issues that address this question of capital punishment such as religion the effect on society restitution being denied the possible wrongly accused and the rights of the convicted But how often do these concepts creep into the publics mind when it hears of our fair and trusty government taking away someones breathing rights The bible states Thou shall not kill and this being a sin should have to be corrected within oneself On the other hand it also states Dont judge others personal convictions It is a governments responsibility to punish people that disobey the law to keep the world in order but is it their right to take their lives away It is a Christians responsibility to point out to those who sin that they do so and this country trusting in God as it says it does should Some people think that restitution is granted when one is sentenced to the death penalty However if a loved one is murdered and his family feels justice in having the murderer go through the same is it not considered equally wrong Forgiving and forgetting are entirely out of the question but one should consider
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