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Abstract Capital Punishment also referred to as the Death Penalty is defined as the execution of criminals by the state for committing crimes regarded as so heinous that it is the only acceptable punishment The controversy of whether or not Capital Punishment is morally right or wrong is a debate that is on top of the list for many politicians and Americans A topic of debate in relation to Capital Punishment is whether or not the public televising of executions is a just means of deterring future criminals This means that executions such as electrocution the gas chamber firing squad lethal injections and even hangings will be available to the public on cable for all individuals to watch If only criminals were allowed to view such events the effect may have some positive aspects Many feel that televising such horrific events will allow supervised and unsupervised children to view the executions via television Due to American families being single parent or dual working parents this could be the case Children are left alone more often than not and are able to view anything they want Teaching our children morals and giving them solid values is a positive means to deterring crimes We do not need to add to the daily violence children see by making execution another television program for their viewing pleasure Violence is the use of ones power to inflict mental or physical injury upon another such as rape murder and emotional torment Daily violence is portrayed in both movies and television shows including talk shows and sports entertainment The average American adults and children watch four hours of television per day and in the inner city that increases to as much as eleven hours per day with an average of eight to twelve violent incidents per hour FBI and census data shows the homicide arrest rates for seventeen year olds has doubled between 1985 and 1991 and
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