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If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect we have killed a bunch of murderers If we fail to execute murderers and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims I would much rather risk the former This to me is not a tough call John McAdams - Marquette UniversityDepartment of Political Science on deterrence The Death Penalty Morally Defensible The death penalty has faced much opposition as of late Can the death penalty possibly be a morally acceptable punishment A popular bumper sticker says We kill people to show people that killing people is wrong The slogan is short simple and to the point But is there really such irony in capital punishment as the slogan implies WORD GAMES First of all the slogan misses an important point The death penalty does not punish people for killing but for murder Killing is justified when it is done in self-defense Killing means to cause death Murder on the other hand is defined as the unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being by another for the less observant this definition cannot be applied to the death penalty because the death penalty is lawful non-malicious and is not carried out by an individual but by the government Kill murder and execute are not interchangeable terms Death penalty opponents would like us to believe otherwise Just because two actions result in the same end does not make them morally equivalent If it were so legal incarceration would be equated with kidnapping lovemaking with rape self-defense with battery etc Therefore the slogan is better stated We execute people to show people that murder is wrong Not quite as catchy is it FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY The campaign to end the death penalty gives five reasons on their website why the death penalty should be
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