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The topic I chose for my research paper is Capital punishment I chose this topic because I think Capital punishment should be banned in all states The death penalty violates religious beliefs about killing remains unfair to minorities and is therefore unconstitutional and is inhumane and barbaric The death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments Bedau 2 Those who had shown no respect for life would be restrained permanently if necessary so they could not further endanger other members of the community Cauthen 2 But the purpose of confinement would not be vengeance or punishment Cauthen 2 Rather an ideal community would show no mercy even to those who had shown no mercy Cauthen 2 It would return good for evil The aim of isolation is reconciliation and not revenge Although the founders of the new country were generally in favor of the death penalty for certain crimes many Americans in the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth century were highly vocal opponents known as abolitionists Stewart 12 The best known of the American abolitionists was Dr Benjamin Rush a signer of The Declaration of Independence and a confidant of Benjamin Franklin Stewart 12 Like many other Americans at the time Rush equated the death penalty with a cruel monarchy specifically that of Englands George and believed that the new republic should have nothing to do with executions Stewart 12 Rush wrote a number of pamphlets and books arguing that the very idea of a death penalty contradicted the notion of humanity and divine love Stewart 12 Who are we to destroy what god has made It is far better to reform a criminal than to destroy him It is shown that Capital punishment leads many citizens suffering before they are officially dead When Mississippi executed Jimmy Lee Gray in the gas chamber in 1983 his head was not immobilized Stewart 30 As the poison gas began suffocating
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