So, are you for or against the death penalty?
I am against it and here is why:
- There is not a court case in the world that is based on deductive reasoning; it's all inductive which allows the possibility of the conclusion to be false, even though there may very well be strong premises to support the conclusion. As a result of this reasoning many innocent people have been sentenced to death in the past. If it was based on deductive reasoning such as the case with mathematics then we can be assured with complete certainty that there is no possibility of the conclusion being false. And yes, even today court cases are still based on inductive reasoning in place of deductive reasoning, despite advancements in forensics, with innocent people still ending up on trial.
- We are mere mortals that have not been given any god-given right to determine the destiny of another individual.
- Once a supposed perpetrator has been executed that does nothing to take back what the supposed perpetrator has done.
- From a subjective point of view, once a supposed perpetrator has been executed they are then at peace, while the victims continue to suffer. In this case it could be considered that sentencing the perpetrator to death is too kind.
Based on these four points, with the first one being the strongest in my opinion I think that capital punishment is not a reasonable and justified solution.