It is a statement society makes about the highest stigma crimes. Some people do thing so bad that society has the right to kill them. Removed from the face of the Earth, these individuals can no longer taunt their victims families (as some do), nor will they have an opportunity to ever walk free again. To some this is a very old-fashioned and severe idea. I would say that opponents of the death penalty are part of a trend of thinking who would like to preserve criminals’ rights above those of the victims of violent crimes. It is disgusting to see people waste their time and energy trying to stop the executions of heinous murderers rather than volunteering or giving money to victims who have suffered so much.There are some critics of the death penalty who try to confuse the issue and say that it should not be used on young offenders. They try to suggest that there are many 15 years old being executed in the electric chair across the country—a fact that is simply not true. They use this issue to try to publicly paint a picture of what they believe the barbarism of the death penalty to truly be. I would say that as a rule young people should not be executed by capital punishment, but I would not protest an exception to this rule for especially heinous crimes. There should probably be an arbitrary cut off point—for example, 16 years of age—at which youths cannot be executed. But generally speaking I can imagine a terrible crime committed by a 17 year old, which would be appropriately responded to by capital punishment. The penalty exists to reflect society’s disgust with a person’s action—obviously the standard would be higher for a younger person.It is understandable that so many people have strong opinions about. Death Penalty.
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