Raging Right Wing Republican

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Capital punishment saves lives

The New York Times writes about the deterrent effects of capital punishment.
"I personally am opposed to the death penalty," said H. Naci Mocan, an economist at Louisiana State University and an author of a study finding that each execution saves five lives. "But my research shows that there is a deterrent effect."
Even if there was no deterrent effect, I would still support capital punishment. I believe people ought to get what they deserve, good or bad.

However, according to this study and many others, capital punishment does deter criminals from murder. Yet this researcher still opposes it. What he is saying is that he values the life of a murderer over the lives of five innocent people. By refusing to allow capital punishment, we sentence innocent people to death.

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