Specific Purpose: To Persuade the audience on the legalization of Capital Punishment.
It is the night of 16 July 1978 in Oklahoma City. Rodger Dale Stafford, his spouse, Verna Stafford and his brother Harold Stafford entered the Sirloin Stockade meat locker and cruelly shot and killed 6 people, 4 of them being under the age of 18 (Banner, 2003). It was barely a month after the trio shot a family of three in North Dakota. Stafford’s wife pretended to be stranded lured the Lorenz Family. Verna Shot Melvin after failing to part with all his money. Linda, Melvin’s wife was shot by Harold and Roger as she tried to help his husband. After the killings, they proceeded, kidnapped Lorenz’s son, and killed him as he tried to yell out for help. These heartless and bizarre murders deserve a death sentence, and in fact, that is what was awarded to Stafford. I strongly believe that capital punishment should be implemented for such wicked crimes (Banner, 2003).
Many people are against death sentence; however, they forget thousands of people brutally murdered annually (McCafferty, 2009). I have full confidence in capital punishment since it grants justice to the families of the victims. It helps in saving lives because it reduces murder cases by deterring the potential killers from committing the offense or preventing previous killers from recommitting their atrocities (Woolf, 2004). Another reason, which makes support capital punishment, is that it helps reduce overcrowding in the prisons. Murderers who have an obsession of killing need to be executed to prevent them from killing their fellow prison inmates or the prison guards (Fridell, 2003).
The first capital punishment implementation in the US took place in 1608 in Jamestown colony in Virginia where George Kendall faced execution for spying for Spain (Banner, 2003). However, during that time the execution methods were not humane compared to today. In the United States, from 1976-2009, close to 1184 criminals have been sentenced to death. This means that 0.2% of the executions are done annually. However, a record number of 98 executions were carried out in 1998, representing 1.8% of those on death sentence (Banner, 2003).
I strongly believe that capital punishment is necessary. Obviously, we all hope than we when our loved ones are murdered, the culprits should be brought to justice. Imagine that the culprit walks scot free, how will you feel?
I have clearly explained the need of capital punishment. All countries should enact laws supporting Capital punishment. Nevertheless, for it to be successful implemented, it needs our support (Fridell, 2003).
Question and Answer Session:
I now welcome any questions or reactions concerning the topic.
Banner, S. (2003). Death Penalty: An American History. Harvard University Press.
Fridell, R. (2003). Capital Punishment. Marshal Cavendish.
McCafferty, J. (2009). Capital Punishment. Aldine Transaction
Woolf, A. (2004). Capital Punishment. Chrysalis Education.