Capital-punishment, A Supporter’s View

An original essay

by Edward Fagan

Capital-punishment, its role

Capital-punishment always serves its intended purposes when a legally founded court enforces it against deserving persons. This form of punishment achieves several worthy objectives which no other form of punishment can ever achieve.

An executed murderer suffers justly, what his victim suffered unjustly. He can never commit murder again, but he could if sent to prison instead. Relatives and friends of the victim thus experience the maximum sense of justice.

Society, consequently, benefits from this as it has one less murderer to worry about. The economy benefits through not having to spend time, money and other resources on his upkeep in prison. The death penalty helps discourage others from committing murder. It would discourage more from this crime if they would perform it publicly.

Anti-death penalty supporters, however, disagree with this view. They are fighting for ending the death penalty on grounds that it does not prevent murder.

They are not fighting, equally, for the closure of prisons on those same grounds. Prisons allow murderers to return to society and become repeat murderers.

Imprisonment, therefore, does not prevent murder, it encourages it. It thus seems true that the anti death penalty supporters should also call for the closure of prisons. Failing to do this, they should allow the death penalty to continue, as they do prisons.

by Edward Fagan

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4 Replies to “Capital-punishment, A Supporter’s View”

  1. I do not support the death penalty, but not for the reason you mentioned. The reasons I oppose it are: 1) sometimes innocent people are wrongly sentenced to death; 2) juries are not always free of bias when they determine guilt; 3) it sets a bad moral example for society and for our children. Perhaps it is because I was taught at an early age that killing is wrong, I still believe it to be morally reprehensible. Just my opinion!

    1. Thank you for your comment loristory. I agree with you regarding those three points. We must, perhaps, work harder to prevent murder rather than enforcing the death penalty.

  2. You raise some excellent points Edward. I do believe that the death penalty is necessary for wicked and evil killers, providing that there is sufficient clear evidence to indicate that they committed their accused crimes. I am personally conflicted though because I think of people that might of had to kill to protect their family for example. Would they be acquitted of murder if they were attacked and had to defend themselves, in order to prevent loss of their own lives or the loss of their loved ones? Or would they too suffer the fate of capital punishment for their actions? I sincerely hope that the circumstances would be looked at what drove them to that position if it was necessary for their own survival or the survival of others.

    I can agree with sending them to prison if it actually forces the murderer to face up to their actions and regret what they did to their innocent victims. With murderers who have no regrets or remorse for killing others, even though I am a passionate and compassionate individual, I think the punishment of capital punishment is ultimately fitting for their remorseless act of murder. It won’t bring back loved ones who have died but it also won’t drive their family members to try to seek justice for themselves and put their own lives/freedom at risk or have to worry about any recriminations on both sides further down the line when the perpetrator is released from prison.

    1. Thank you David for your very good and clear response to my post. I’m always encouraged by your kind comments and thoughtful suggestions.

      I agree with everything you say in your comment. I just wish to say that as regards killing in self defence, English common law, which is the legal jurisdiction under which I live, makes provision for that. The court finds an accused person not guilty of murder or manslaughter, if he proves to the court that he killed in self defence or defence of his family.

Your comment is important, I welcome it.