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is capital punishment right, if someone has committed first degree murder? this is a poll. a) I support capital punishment b) I am against capital punishment

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

I am for capitol punishment. I thorough trial is a must, but i think it should be dealt out a little more readily.

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PKM
PKM

12 years ago

The argument that won me over to the "against" side goes like this.

Imagine that every year, all the names of the people who support capital punishmen are put into a lottery and a random two or three of them are pulled and and given the death penalty, despite committing no crime. As they support the death penalty, they are obviously happy with the idea that there will inevitably be a few "false positives" where innocent people are executed, and consider that an acceptable risk.

The other part was seeing a documentary on the methods used for capital punishment in the US- most of them are incredibly barbaric*, and although painless and humane methods do exist they aren't used. The program ended with a capital punishment advocate explaining this with the reasoning that people want the spectacle and the feeling of retribution from watching a life ended with deliberate pain and suffering.

Not in my "civilized society", thank you.

(Incidentally, while we're on the subject of crime and punishment, check out this story- two judges have been convicted of jailing over 2,000 children, some for things that aren't even offences, in return for bribes from private prison corporations. Given that these children were put in prison for an average of about $1,300 each, I wonder how much it would cost to buy a death penalty? It's enough to turn me into a conspiracy theorist...)

-* Yes, I know, citation needed.

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gmoon
gmoon

12 years ago

Is this a poll? I.E., are you asking for our opinions so you can tally and analyze the responses?

If so, please be more specific with your question. People are more likely to help if they know more precisely what and why you're asking...

(You should know that this type of poll isn't statically significant, because you won't get a random sample of respondents. Internet and phone-in polls attract people who have an "axe to grind," rather than an accurate cross section of opinion.)

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E-R-IC
E-R-IC

Reply 12 years ago

yes it is pool

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 12 years ago

Darned spell checker works when you don't want it to: statically significant should be statistically significant.

OK, you still need to be a little more precise: if it's multiple choice (a, b) then write out the choices in your topic post, like this:

a) I support capital punishment
b) I am against capital punishment

And ask people to elaborate (not a problem generally, online ;-), if "qualitative" data is helpful, too.

Tell us WHY you are polling--is this a school project? If so, for which discipline (history, etc.)? You'll get more responses...

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E-R-IC
E-R-IC

12 years ago

curent score a: zilch b: uno

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

You need to decide that for yourself. Think about:

What is the function of capital punishment? Is it to punish a wrong-doer? Is it to protect society from a particular individual? Or is it to deter others from committing similar crimes?

Once you have decided on the function of capital punishment, you have to ask - does it fulfil its function?
- is the punishment commensurate with the crime?
- is society made safe by killing its dangerous members?
- are people deterred? Compare murder-rates in countries with and without the death penalty. Try and make sure that you compare countries with equally-free access to guns.

You then need to compare it to the alternatives -
- Imprisonment?
- Re-education or rehabilitation?
- Or would a surgical procedure to remove the urge to kill be acceptable?

Or does the death penalty have a less-honest side? Are criminals killed because a few feet of rope are more cost-effective than years of imprisonment?

Or is the right answer "it depends"? Are there circumstances that require that one murderer be removed from the world entirely, whilst another is merely imprisoned? Is there something that makes one murder worse than another? Scale (do we imprison a small-scale murderer, and kill a mass-murderer, and where does one become the other?) The nature of the victim?

Once you have worked your way through that, you will be able to come to your own conclusion, and at the same time have produced a decent piece of work to hand in.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Great answer! Too bad there's no Best Answer button for forum posts. . U shud a bin a skul teechur. ;)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

:-)

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. Define "right." . While I have no problem with capital punishment, I do have a problem with the number of ppl that have been exonerated after being sentenced to death. Until we can make the system 100% fool-proof (probably never), I'm favoring life-in-prison. . . BTW, in most places, 1st Degree Murder is defined by "malice aforethought" (planned) and/or "mens rea" (knew it was wrong) not the weapon(s) used.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

12 years ago

What do you understand to be first degree murder?

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E-R-IC
E-R-IC

Reply 12 years ago

kiling someone with a gun, knife or somethig like that, very intentionally

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E-R-IC
E-R-IC

Reply 12 years ago

choice a: death choice b: life in jail with a dangerouse offender clause