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Death and Justice How Capital Punishment Affirms Life I can both agree and dissagree with Edward Kochs opinions in his essay called Death and Justice How Capital Punishment Affirms Life Some of the arguments that he has presented seemed valid however he didnt supply enough facts to back up what he was saying for many of his examples It seemed to me that most of what Edward Koch was saying had more to do with his own opinion on capital punishment than on any type of reasearch he has done on the topic In one part of his argument he states No other major democracy - in fact few other countries of any description - are plagued by a murder rate such as that in the United States Koch 196 He does go on to provide the reader with some statistics on how the murder rate in our country has increased over a period of years But he is not quoting from any sources to prove his point On this point Im not sure if I do or dont agree with Mr Koch I dont know first hand if those statistics were accurate or not They may have been but since hes not quoting from anything I am still not any further educated on this subject then I was when I began reading it Mr Koch also tries to enlist the Bible as an ally for the death penalty however once again he does not provide us with any information or quotes to back him up The best that he came up with was The biblical viewpoint has been upheld by philosophers throughout history Koch 197 He does go on to name some great thinkers but he never proves what they supposedly said or why they said it He names another man by the name of Jeremy Bentham and describes him as ambivalent but that is all He forgets to inform us the
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