The important issue that concerns
me is the abolishment of the
death penalty.Since ancient times,
the death penalty has taken away many people's lives. The death penalty
shows us that government is so powerful, instructive that only a simple trial can kill someone.
Currently, the death penalty, which is capital
punishment, has caused some debates among people. Supporters
death penalty say
that this punishment is the right law to punish the people who have
killed someone, while opponents say
that the death penalty is an inhuman and cruel
thing to do. The death penalty also shows
cannot be stopped because it causes another person to be murdered. For me, I don't think any person should be killed by law, or you could
killed by judge's verdict.
I believe that execution
is an action of murder, and one's life shouldn't be taken away only by people's decision, it should be in God's hands
. Nowadays, there are still about a
thousand people killed by the death penalty each year, including
up to over twenty people that killed the victim by accident.
The death penalty indirectly sends
a message that violence is an appropriate way to solve problems
and conflicts. There are some reasons for me to fight against the
death penalty. First, the death penalty can't solve the entire problem. Government can execute people without their confessions if the evidence is
enough. Any evidence can decide whether
this person should die or not. What if that person
is actually innocent? In fact, there was a real case that happened in the Philippines
. The "killer"
turned out to be innocent after the DNA examination. In my opinion, sentencing
someone to death is another way to take away this person's right to explain or clarify his crime. It also takes away the chance for the criminal
remorse about what he/she did.
Second, the death penalty can't help lower the crime rate. Although thousands of people are killed by the death
penalty, the crime rate in the
U.S. haven't gone down. Texas, which is one of the states that has the highest rate of executions, has a higher murder rate
national average in 2003.
Third, I think the death sentences are handed down arbitrarily
. For example, Gary Ridgeway, a serial killer in Seattle who killed 48 prostitutes, got life in prison.
One killed over 48 people, while the other killed his
victim by accident. Justice Potter Stewart in the case of Furman v. Georgia, wrote that "These death sentences are cruel and unusual in the same way that being struck by lightning is cruel and unusual."The death
penalty cannot stop crime
and it causes another person to be murdered. Therefore, if we do not fight against the death penalty, the action of killing people by trial will continue
on to later generations. Abolishing the death penalty
will be a major issue for countries around the world.