Should convicted pedophiles receive the death penalty?

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Ladbants
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Should they be shot dead?
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As long as they are dead, who cares how?
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Hunt down every pedophile and burn them alive. They are the scum of the earth, the worst of the worst. It enrages me when I hear of stuff like Rotherham and all the other child molesters. We need to hunt them down
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Yes. We need to protect our country's children from these sick, evil people.
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Yes.
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No, they should receive psychiatric help.

Most pedophiles don't want the urges they have and they hate what they are. Many end up commiting suicide. Granted, the ones who act on their urges should be imprisoned, but they're still sick.
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No, it doesn't work as a deterrant and there is always the possibility of wrongful conviction.
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Of course they should, they are disgusting, I wouldn't consider them human
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Yes, funny how when you mentioned pedophile they support death penalty but if asked bluntly most would say no 🤔 I'm all for the death penalty if something can be proven and there is a fair trial
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I assume you mean to ask whether convicted child molesters should be executed - merely having an attraction to the underage shouldn't be illegal, since they probably don't have much control over that. Otherwise you'd presumably be executing people for watching child pornography. Making the distinction between paedophile and molester is important for preventing molestation - a paedophile is surely more likely to abuse a child if he or she knows that society will loathe them whether or not they do.

I should say that I am by no means making apologies for child molesters - the only person that can be blamed and the only person who is guilty of child molestation, is the molester. That doesn't mean we shouldn't work to safeguard children and create a society in which paedophiles are less likely to commit crimes.

As for whether child molesters should be executed, I don't think so. I think long prison terms and intensive psychological help and counselling are a better option - the justice system's role should be to rehabilitate convicts, not take revenge on them. In any case, using the death penalty for any crime is incredibly expensive and results in the execution of innocent people.

Looking at the rest of the thread so far, I bet this comment's going to be popular.
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No.
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No to the death penalty in all cases.
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she should be given a second chance
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(Original post by Mathemagicien)
Anyway, this whole "pedophiles can't help their urges" thing was used to justify the legalisation of homosexuality. I mean, do you want to legalise pedophilia too? /sarcasm
Paedophilia - that is, being attracted to underage people - is already legal. How could a system of law think to police peoples' minds?
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(Original post by Mathemagicien)
I think OP meant convicted as in those who are convicted of sex with kids.

I also think they have an image of a creepy 40-year-old man when they think of a pedophile, but this would also include many female teachers.

Anyway, this whole "pedophiles can't help their urges" thing was used to justify the legalisation of homosexuality. I mean, do you want to legalise pedophilia too? /sarcasm
Op needs to specify then because its a very important distinction
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Yes

NEVER FORGET ROTHERHAM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37873340
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There's a huge difference between convicted paedophiles and paedophiles, the poll asks about paedophiles in general whereas the thread asks just about convicted paedophiles, this should probably be changed.
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(Original post by anosmianAcrimony)
Looking at the rest of the thread so far, I bet this comment's going to be popular.
If actually faced with the decision of whether or not to execute somebody, I suspect most people who said 'yes' would end up showing some maturity.

The death penalty is usually far more popular on the internet than it is in the real world.
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