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Mixed Feelings

I've always had mixed feelings on the death penalty. On one hand it seems at times too easy a punishment for some crimes. For instance I would rather see a child rapist locked up in a cell with a 7 foot tall prison thug and let it be known throughout the prison that the guy is a child rapist. Well, I guess that's really the same as the death penalty. Also though does killing the person not bring our society down to his level. Eye for an eye and all that, just taking one life to get revenge for the death of another. Do we have a moral standard we are breaking there? Not to mention it is obviously not a deterrent! I will say though that thinking about it as if it were personal, someone killing my family, I would want a slow and painful death probably at my own hand. I'm not sure...it's a mixed bunch of sides to this topic...

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