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Death Penalty

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Death Penalty:

The death penalty is wrong and I don't support it. Yes, we need our laws to be vigorously enforced, but we are not perfect, we have and will continue to make mistakes. And the cost of being wrong with the death penalty is too high. We like to think of ourselves as being pretty modern here in America, but on this issue we are more than 100 years behind countries like Ecuador, which is one of more than 135 countries worldwide that have already banned state-sanctioned execution. Americans are a peace-loving, compassionate people. But in recent years, America has earned itself more of a dark, ruthless reputation. Banning the death penalty is one way we can start to repair our damaged moral leadership in the court of world opinion.


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