Capital Punishment – Unjust

Here is a quote said by John Quincy Adams the sixth president of the United States of America, “The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.”

First, over 130 people have been released from death row since 1973. With this evidence alone imagine the amount of people that must have been wrongly accused in the past and sent for execution because of false blame. Maybe capital punishment would make sense if the people that were sentenced to death were guilty and deserved their punishment.

There is always a possibility to take the worst of all criminals and turn them into better people. I believe that all humans hold the right to live. Why is there a need to kill? Are there no other ways to settle crime? Why is capital punishment necessary? 

Let me give an example of how capital punishment doesn’t make sense: A man murders another person and ends up in court. The murderer is found guilty and sentenced to death. The issue in this picture is that someone has to murder this person. Whether a man is guilty or not, if he is killed by some other person, that is an act of murder. And it doesn’t matter whether or not the executioner was forced to kill the man. If he was commanded, then whoever gave the orders has caused the murder and he should be executed as well because he committed a crime. This is a chain reaction that is caused from killing a person that committed murder. I want to emphasize that if one man is guilty and is killed, now another man becomes guilty, and lives with that guilt for the rest of his life.

As we see here, from killing one person, the guilt is passed on from person to person. If we could change a person from bad to good which we have the full potential to do, our problems would be done and over with. The world is filled with possibilities that can solve guilt in other ways than death.