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Use of the death penalty has declined throughout the industrial Western World since the 19th century In 1972 a movement in America to have the death penalty declared unconstitutional during the landmark case of Furman v Georgia declared the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment However after a supreme court decision in 1975 Gregg v Georgia which stated capital punishment did not violate the eighth Amendment executions commenced again under state supervision Banner It has been banned in many countries and in the United States an earlier move to eliminate capital punishment has now been reversed and more and more states are resorting to capital punishment for serious offenses such as murder An eye for and eye a life for a life the Bible mentions it and people have been using it regularly for centuries We use it in reference to burglary adultery love and many other situations However some people use it on a different level some people use it in reference to death One steals from those who have stolen from him one wrongs those who have wronged him but do we really have the right to kill those who have killed Today there is a big controversy over capital punishment whether or not it works or if it is morally right We have a certain privilege on our own lives but do the lives of others belong to us as well Do we have the right to decide the kind of lives others can or cannot live We find someone guilty of murder and sentence him to death does that not make murderers out of ourselves Can justice justify our acts Those who assist in the death penalty are they not partners in crime Is the death penalty a Cruel and Unusual punishment or is it now a necessary tool in the war against crime There are four major issues in the capital punishment debate
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