Death Penalty 5 Essay, Research Paper
Death PenaltyYou are running down the street with your best friend not too farbehind. You manage to round the corner, but you hear your friend trip. Suddenly a shot rings out. Your friend screams. You continue to run, butlook back and see the man who was following you pull out a large knife. Shocked in terror you can only blankly stare as the man proceed to cut yourfriend to pieces. The blade falls once. There is an explosion of red. The blade falls twice. Entrails spill onto the floor. The blade fallsthree times, four times, five, six. He then reaches down and dips is handinto the blaring pool of crimson that soaks the ground. Lifting his handhe begins to write on the wall in front of him with the freshly spilledblood of your now dead friend. Would a situation like this horrify you? Well you should know thatseven murders just like this occurred in two nights. The man responsibleis Charles Manson. Manson is the leader of a large cult following, and even after beingarrested for his truly horrific deeds still influences the cult today. In1975 one of Manson’s followers, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, made anassassination attempt on then president Gerald Ford, in Manson’s name. Even now if you go to New York City you can find shirts with his picture onthem, glorifying him. Songs have been written praising him. But together these have not yet touched the scariest thing aboutCharles Manson. The thing that you should be most frightened of is thatCharles Manson, and many like him are alive, with chance of parole. Yesthis murderous madman could yet again run rampant in the world. It is for
this reason that the death penalty is necessary. Capital punishment is the system by which the people who havecommitted the most heinous crimes are executed either by electric chair,gas chamber, or lethal injection. Despite the evil and malice presented by such people there are somewho would deem this practice inhumane. It seems strange to me that thewelfare of the community should not come before that of a convictedmurderer. If there is any chance that this person could possibly committhis crime again it should be impossible to come to a decision ,such asputting them in jail with chance of parole, that could conceivable placethe lives of law abiding citizens in danger. Furthermore do they trulyexpect us to believe that placing them in cells like caged animals is trulyhumane. Opponents of the death penalty also point out that the threat ofcapital punishment will not decrease the murder rate. They are failing torealize an important role filled by capital punishment. Very few corpsesare murderers. Anyway, with the ease the current capital punishment systemcan be avoided how can anyone truly say that the threat of the deathpenalty never enters into the mind of a murderer? Maybe they just realizethat they can appeal so many times that they probably will die of naturalcauses before being executed. Obviously a reformed system of capital punishment which allow forfewer appeals would be beneficial to our orderly, organized society. Itwould serve an exceedingly beneficial purpose, to put murderers in theirgraves and keep innocent, would be victims, out.