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Capital Punishment The Solution To Crime
Conventional wisdom doesn’t believe that capital punishment is the ideal solution to solving our crime epidemic. Although some people strongly believe this type of punishment is highly warranted because of the escalation in murders, others seem to believe that it is not a deterrent and it is considered “cruel and inhumane treatment.” If the opposition and the government are serious about doing something, they should both sit down and discuss the implementation of capital punishment, or perhaps offer the nation a viable alternative.
Pussyfooting on this issue for such a long time has sent a message to the criminals that they can literally get away with murder. As a result the criminals are wreaking havoc on the population. Some say we are bound and obligated by the Pratt and Morgan ruling which dictates that no criminal should be sent to the gallows if five years have passed and all appeals have been exhausted.
Then obviously what is necessary is to set up a special court to handle these cases in an expeditious manner. This will avoid the waiting of five years and the execution will be done before the deadline. Thirty two states in the USA have kept capital punishments on their statues while 18 have abolished it completely.
Texas and Florida are two prominent states where capital punishment is delivered continuously, despite the fact that these two states permit citizens to buy weapons with a driver’s license providing a background clearance is delivered. We are at the end of our wits and patience, and nothing is seriously being done to abate the criminality in our country. The government and the opposition have a moral obligation to defend and protect the citizens but this is only brought to the fore prior at elections.
After a government is installed, it is back to the status quo, where trial and error in crime-fighting becomes the norm of the day and the killings progress more rapidly than ever. I implore the government to bring back capital punishment and if their hands are tied then let us go for a referendum or listen to the voice of the people in the upcoming local elections.
Jay G Rakhar Miami
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