There are many crimes happen in the world every second, every hour and every day. The causes, effects and solutions to the problems of violent crimes is complicated and the rate of these crimes is the most prominent issue that people are most concerned. Similarity, the justice of some crimes always get much attention from victims and other citizens. In this essay, death penalty becomes a very controversial issue to discuss, many people support it and many people don’t. Personally, I think death penalty is the most ferocious way of punishing a criminal.
There are many methods of execution, like electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, firing squad and lethal injection. For me, I just watched once on TV, but it’s enough to bring me nightmares. We only live once and we will lose anything we once had without life. Life is precious and can’t just be taken away that easily. In my opinion, I think Canada shouldn’t adopt the death penalty as its most severe form of criminal punishment. To support my stand, I have some reasons to explain.
In the first place, most of people think death penalty is the ultimate warning for criminals and let criminals know they will be putting to death if they commit crimes. However, does death penalty really works as well as we expected? What is the purpose of death penalty? During our whole lifetime, we grew from a little kid to a young adult, we all made stupid mistakes. In particular, if a kid grows up and murders a person just to get some money from the victim. He doesn’t even realize he has made a huge mistake but he had to face death penalty.
He not only lost his freedom but also have to wait for his death. After reading a lot of news, I understand there are many people commit crimes because of their aggressive disposition or ignorance, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be saved and have a chance to be a good person. If they are no longer alive, how can they learn something precious through their mistakes? Violent can’t solve everything, so we can’t punish crimes by simply killing him or her.
In the second place, it is true that death penal is a closure for victims. Many people think as long as the criminals are executed from the world, they can get relief and comfort. I believe the comfort just temporarily stay in people’s minds, because killing doesn’t dissuade crimes. We need to clarify it is basically wrong to kill and death penalty equals to killing, and killing will send wrong messages to people and little kids that killing is ” permissible”. In Canada, the number of violent crimes dropped from 93.7 to 81.4 during 2009-2012. (Internet data) Depending on this information, we can sort of connect the rate to the death penalty, because this can support death penalty can’t change everyone’s mind about killing people from an opposite aspect. Another point is the revenge of criminals, if some criminals feel harmed by the mean of punishment, can the revenge of criminals be a potential threat for the security of the society? So if death penalty can’t be used to doing a good job, why should we adopt it as the most severe punishment?
In the third place, some people think death penalty is not always cruel, like lethal injection is not a severe way to execute criminals. Maybe it seems like the criminals will tolerate less pain than execution of electric chair. in fact, if we consider this process by a criminal’s perspective, then every second, minute will be extremely long and terrible. The lack of freedom and the fear of death are enough to destroy their mental defense. Some severe methods look even worse, most of people may ever watched some movie scenes of old executive methods, like hanging, burning alive. And now we have firing squad and electric chair. I can’t understand why people will come up with those cruel and inhuman methods to punish people. I believe only persuade people by changing laws and educating them can promote the development of the society and bring people security.
Now, let’s down to the earth. Indeed,death penalty cases are much more expensive than other criminal cases and cost more than imprisonment for life. Pre-trial motions, expert witness investigations, jury selection, and the necessity for two trials — one on guilt and one on sentencing — make capital cases extremely costly, even before the appeals process begins. Moreover, if a defendant is convicted but not given the death sentence, the state will still incur the costs of life imprisonment, in addition to the increased trial expenses. (Internet info) No doubt, this huge amount of money definitely will put a lot of pressure to the government, and citizens have to pay more taxes to support the punishment, so why should government adopt the worthless death penalty as a punishment?
These reasons are my strongest arguments for death penalty, death penalty can’t teach criminals anything and also it can’t stop the increasing crime rate. In addition, for our citizens, it is a very cruel and inhuman way of punishment. For government, it is also a cumbrous outcome. Now, I think it’s pretty reasonable for me to support Canada shouldn’t adopt death penalty as its most severe form of criminal punishment. Death penalty can destroy everything of anyone, and I hope our human society can expel this punishment out of our world.