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Capital punishment is a topic that stirs wide debate all across the country Many believe that there is no more fitting punishment than death for those who commit the most heinous of crimes Others contend that Capital Punishment is simply state sponsored murder and is not acceptable under any circumstance Despite which side of the argument one believes is right the fact is that currently there are 32 states that allow Capital Punishment It is also allowable in Federal Courts as well as being authorized under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for all active duty military In the article Is Capital Punishment Morally Required The Relevance of Life-Life Tradeoffs from the University of Chicago Law School the authors argue that capital punishment provides as a deterrent I disagree with their findings and am against it The reasoning behind my anti Capital Punishment stance is that it is not morally permissible To support this argument I will explain why it is not always a deterrent and why it is arbitrary I will also be discussing about retributivists and the act-omissions distinction For these reasons I believe that execution is immoral and should not be allowed in this nation I will continue this paper by first clarifying the important terms and concepts I will be discussing Deterrence is keeping people from committing crimes by threatening them with punishment Retribution is punishment that is considered morally right There is also the act-omission distinction which is wanting something bad to happen to a certain person and acting to cause that bad thing and being punished for it But seeing something bad happening to that person and having the opportunity to save them and choosing not to not being punished After reading the essay by Cass R Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule I have determined that their core argument is that there is a good amount of evidence that shows that the
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