The death penalty does not deter people from committing a crime.
Whilst I have doubts that some criminals can be rehabilitated, I will never support the death penalty. For any crime.
Yes, i think we were definitely in different places in the conversation
So for the people that believe in the 'do the crime do the time' philosophy no matter what, is there a line to draw somewhere?
Do we agree with being stoned to death for committing adultery or being raped, or having a hand cut off for stealing, or a state-assigned number of lashes for blasphemy? What about jail for sodomy? And just say 'well, that's the punishment in that country, so...meh'?
I don't know how to say this without putting my foot in it. So I'm just going to blurt it out.
I think having the death penalty is a sign of how socially (/intellectually) backwards a place is. The death penalty generally exists where a vast portion of the population has very little/poor education.
Where there is little ability to exercise higher level reasoning and emotional intelligence, animalistic stances such as the death penalty will appeal to the masses.
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