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Throughout time capital punishment has always existed and has always been a controversial issue for its existence Whether or not it should be legalized in Canada or abolished in the United States is a re-occurring question In our society today many people agree with capital punishment as a justifiable means of punishment In simple terms capital punishment is the lawful taking of a persons life after conviction for a crime It degrades society as a whole and at the same time is not deterrent and above all is against the view of our God and our Christian beliefs Clearly capital punishment is not a justifiable form of punishment and therefore should not existWith executions occurring it exposes more of the violence and injustice in us all It is a dehumanizing ritual one that brings more injury to each of us It is clear that this ritual of capital punishment brutalizes us all it extends the Violence provokes anger hinders rather that encourages healing Flanders 76 When an individual is aware of hisher execution the death penalty just brings more outbreaks within an individual knowing that he or she will soon be executed There have been times and incidents where crows of people would gather outside the prison to cheer and chant They ate popcorn and drank beer Some wore T-shirts that depicted an electric chair with the words 1 down 131 to go Loeb 74 If asked What is this man executed for they would simply answer Because he killed a man Loeb 75 Ironically they would not answer with to prevent others from killing they are just there witnessing another victim being murdered These situations display the inhumanity and he cruelty that capital punishment can bring to a society The aforementioned factors degrade a society and most importantly do not prevent determined men from injuring their environment or fellow manDeterrence in general has also been a controversial issue When the question of
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