Is the death penalty a form of retaliation?
- Anonymous5 months ago
Maybe the concept will be more palatable to you if you just try to think of it as late term abortion? Just a thought!
- CliveLv 75 months ago
Of course it is. It can't possibly serve any other purpose. It doesn't rehabilitate anyone, and it's not a deterrent because nothing ever is.
- Michal SychraLv 75 months ago
Yes. But only according to the Code of Hammurabi.
- oldprofLv 75 months ago
Close, it's a form of revenge. You see it in their eyes when on TV some relative of a person who was murdered calls for "justice" and that justice is the death penalty. When they call for the death penalty, they are really calling for revenge.
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- 5 months ago
It's more about revenge, and the supremacy of the state to take a human life legally.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 75 months ago
Yes, I think it is. For many years capital punishment was thought to be a deterrent to crime. But lots of studies have been done and it's never been shown to be a deterrent. During the GHW Bush years I heard pro-capital punishment people finally admitting it wasn't a deterrent, and for a while their argument shifted, more honestly, to 'just desserts' and retribution.
But in more recent discussions, I see they're back to deterrent.
If you listen to how pro-death people talk about it, it sure sounds like retaliation!