Also, very few Americans have known an executed criminal.These two facts contribute to the entire rationalization process.
Statistics show that the poor and minorities are more likely to receive the death penalty. It can’t be disputed sadly, the rich are more likely to get off with a lesser sentence, and this bias is wrong.
However, this is yet another problem of our current court system.
People no longer think twice when they see a character die in a movie or a bullet riddled high-schooler jump out of a second story window. If a society removes humanity from convicts, characters in movies, or people on the 6 o'clock news it will begin to remove humanity from people encountered in every day life.
The concept of human life has completely lost its meaning. With time violence may become such a commonplace that even seemingly sane people will see no problem murdering a store clerk, opening fire on someone that cut them off on the highway, or killing a disobedient child.
This is an ideal that the majority of people can agree upon to a certain extent.
For this reason taking the life of another has always been considered the most deplorable of crimes, one worthy of the harshest available punishment.
The third argument is actually a rebuttal to a claim made by some supporters of the death penalty.
The claim is that the threat of capital punishment reduces violent crimes.
If an error does occur, and an innocent person is executed, then the problem lies in the court system, not in the death penalty.
Furthermore, most activities in our world, in which humans are involved, possess a possibility of injury or death.