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Society in general agrees that the taking of an innocent life is an unforgivable act and that the rape of children is particularly heinous I will argue that all persons convicted of the crime of murder or the rape of a child under ten years of age should be given a manditory death penalty Capital punishment is not only justifiable but is morally correct and should be the mandatory sentence for such crimes once an individual is found guilty It would be neither unjust nor immoral to execute such an individual It is not logical or rational to believe that a person raised in our society does not know that the crimes of murder or the rape of a child will not be tolerated Regardless of an individuals background or socio-economic status individual choices lead to results that carry personal responsibility It is inappropriate to make excuses for these criminals simply because they were not reared in well-to-do circumstances neglected or perhaps suffered abuse as a child None of these forced them to make the choice to commit the crime As stated by Ernest van den Haag by committing the crime the criminal volunteered to assume the risk 1If an individual commits the crime of murder or rapes a child that person has forfeited any moral right to continue to live even if imprisoned for life Their victim had no choice and no chance to live a fruitful productive life Why should society be required to pay the costs associated with imprisonment A society which values the lives of its citizens has the right to exercise capital punishment for those who have been convicted after due process of law The US Constitution provides for punishment of capital crimes so there is certainly no trouble with it in the law However some of the most impassioned arguments against capital punishment are the possibility of convicting the wrong person and discriminatory application of the law Abolitionists also
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