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It’s Time To

Kill Capital


Marina Altson

Suzanne Northey

Public Speaking



Don’t fight fire with fire.’

‘Two wrongs don’t make a right.’

Remember those as kids?

‘Okay!’ We said. ‘We get it!’

We kill people for killing people because you are not allowed to

kill people…What?

In many societies, humans contradict their primary laws. Life is

our most basic human right. It is not a privilege that can be taken

away. This is why murder is a crime because


of us has the right

to remove something that precious from another human being.


, however, is a privilege which can be removed as a form of

punishment. Murderers should be imprisoned and forced to do jobs

for the society we all can enjoy. But we


have the right to take

another human’s life. We cannot play God. It’s time to kill capital


Now there are three stages in the death penalty; charging,

prosecuting and executing. It only seems fitting that I should lay out

the realities of each stage, which are either ignored or unknown by

those who support the death penalty.

First stage: charging. When you hear ‘capital punishment’ I am

sure many of you think of America. It is infamous for being the only

first world country still using it. But why don’t we think of Iran,

Sudan or the other 54 countries which use the death penalty to a

much greater and crueler extent? Many believe that capital

punishment is on the decline. However, the latest figures from

Amnesty International show in 2012 there were at least 1,722 death

sentences. This then increased by over 200 the following year.

These figures don’t even include the execution numbers from China

which are kept secret but rumoured to be at least 2,000 per year.

That’s more than the world total. Yet I personally don’t think of

China when I think capital punishment. Do you?

We also delude ourselves into thinking the death penalty is only

for murder. In reality, 20 countries impose it for petty crimes such as

bribery and theft. I can respect – though not agree with – just one

capital offence; a life for a life. But this is no longer the case. Just 10

years ago, China had over 50 capital offences.

Second stage: prosecution. We in the West are outraged by media

reports of unfair and misogynistic ‘justice’ systems in some Asian

and Middle Eastern countries. Such as rapists escaping penalty but