An "eye for an eye" method of criminal punishment in which the criminal is put to death prematurely. There are many different ways of carrying out the death penalty. The earliest were gas chambers, after that they were replaced by firing squads and the electric chair, and today the lethal injection is the most common one.
Random death penalty fact: Utah is the only state that still executes by firing squad.
by Party Pooper May 9, 2005
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Comedian John Oliver put it well on the Daily Show when he compared the death penalty to the McRib- "When it's gone, it seems so tantalizing. But once you have it, you think to yourself, this is ethically wrong. Should this be aloud in a civilized society?"
The death penalty is a controversial and often emotional issue, yet John Oliver was witty enough to poke fun at it in a way that would make people on both sides of the issue laugh.
by niceatheist June 26, 2014
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A highly controversial issue. But must be done. People whine that those on death row have rights, well to get there you have to do something horrible. What about the victims? Didn't they have rights? A man rapes and murders 35 little girls and your telling me he doesn't deserve death? When it is proven he can not be reformed? That bull if you ask me. Today there is enough technology that the people on death row DESERVE it. The possibility of it being wrong is very slim. If you rape, molest, murder, a large number of people/children you should die. You took their lives so why should you keep yours? You didn't think about their rights or family or life why should anyone think about yours? Basically, if you are put on death row you deserve it. And if you have the balls to fight it sadly it's about 10 years before you get the needle so fight all you like.
The death penalty is necessary. I value human life, but if you can take another person's life in cold blood in a such a way that you are given the death penalty, then so be it. Case closed. It's a tough subject but this is where I stand and most rational compassionate people should (yes compassionate because you need to think about the victim's family and put yourself in their shoes) Sadly in America criminals have more rights than victims. What was ment to protect has only destroyed. And that's basically it.
by i speak truth August 25, 2006
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Something that people love to whine about.
If you come to Texas and you kill somebody, we kill you back. That's our policy.
by Vyryn February 15, 2005
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Liberals, the ACLU, Amnesty International and other wackjobs hate the death penalty because they believe a murderer has more rights than his/her victim. They would rather incarcerate him/her for a few years, give him/her access to pornography, cable TV, good meals and eventually release him becuase he/she has been "rehabilitated." Oh yeah, and our tax dollars pay for college degrees for these scumbags, and in some instances drugs, breast implants and impotence medication. Wow is this a great country or what?
How can someone protest a murderer being put to death?
by AZWildcats10 June 28, 2005
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The only appropriate penalty for kidnapping, murder, rape, terrorism, and other heinous crimes.

The only appropriate penalty for being a gang member. Crips, Bloods, Pachucos, and other gang members never mug another chump after capital punishment.
Capital punishment prevents greasy criminals from ever committing another crime.
by Bumkicker Slade May 7, 2005
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The most barbaric anachronism in the western world, most likely to be bestowed to minorities.
We kill people for killing to prove that killing is wrong.
by Killing Kittens October 10, 2004
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