Written by my 16 year old. Looks like we have another philosopher in the family.
I have chosen the topic of capital punishment, because I feel very strong about it. Unlike most that tackle this subject I have looked at both sides of the argument and I, to a degree, understand them. So, I want to share my thoughts of this very controversial subject.
One thing I would like to state is that I am anti-capital punishment. Though I see the reasons why people are pro-capital punishment- I want to help explain why I believe what I do and help people see things from my perspective as well.
To me a human is a human no matter their faults they have, or the crimes they have committed. Killing is wrong no matter how you look at it. You are taking another human being’s life and there is no justification to do that. There is an old saying that nearly everyone knows “two wrongs don’t make a right” If people want to use this saying in their lives then I think they need to use it in this situation as well. If we deal with things by just killing a person then we are no better than the person who committed the crime in the first place.
Today in my class a student jokingly made a comment on a punishment that a foreign country has that includes the idea of an “eye for an eye”. People thought this idea was funny and laughed. But, what gets me is that we support the same ideals as that- we just see it as different because we think we are “superior” morally.
Something that I have realized while researching this topic is that people that are pro-life with abortion are the same people that support capital punishment (and a lot of times vice versa!) This shows the inconsistencies and ignorance people have in regards to capital punishment.
Of course, I realize a baby isn’t a murderer or a rapist but the baby and criminal have one thing in common- a beating heart! No matter how you look at it you are killing someone with a beating heart. Everyone has the right to live no matter what they have done or might do in the future.