Death Penalty Essay

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BIRT: The death penalty should be legalized in Canada; Persuasive Debate (Affirmative) Good afternoon honorable judge, worthy opponents, esteemed colleagues, and interested onlookers. The resolution that stands before us today is BIRT: The death penalty should be legalized in Canada. Today my partners and I will be representing the affirmative side, and strongly believe that the resolution must, and shall stand. Capital punishment. The mere mention of the term raises controversy. Death is, and will always remain a touchy subject. Many will argue that "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" and "two wrongs don't make a right". But by that logic, why should one man's sight be taken away without consequence? And what does one wrong make? The death penalty is defined as: "the legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime". It is the most extreme form of punishment that exists in over 60% of judicial systems across the world, and is reserved for criminals that have committed crimes beyond justification; and rightly so. The legalization of the death penalty would be beneficial to Canadian society. It would deter criminals from committing violent crimes, provide a just resolution for families that have suffered the loss of a loved one, and when reformed will create a decrease in taxes. One of the most beneficial reasons for introducing the death penalty into the Canadian judicial system is the deterrence of violent crime that would result in the implementation of the law. In his paper entitled "On Deterrence and the Death Penalty", Ernest van den Haag states that: "One abstains from dangerous acts because of vague, inchoate, habitual and, above all, preconscious fears" (193). What Haag is saying is that everyone fears the consequences of their actions. Implementing the death penalty in Canada would deter criminals from

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