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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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    I get the impression a very large percentage of the population supports the death penalty for people like this. However no Government would ever have the courage to introduce it, for fear of a backlash from Europeans and other "liberal" countries. The US has a lot of problems, but fair play to them; they know how to deal with the vilest of criminals. I actually admire those States in the US which execute the dregs of society.
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    I'm going to assume you're talking about convicted child molesters. If some dirty scum of the Earth piece of **** dares touch my kid I would want them dead. So yes, if they are convicted with 100% undeniable proof, they don't deserve to breathe the same air. Why waste resources on them? Give them a nice little room with three meals a day? Although I have heard how child molesters get treated in prison when the fellow inmates find out, so they can spend a night
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    (Original post by markova21)
    I get the impression a very large percentage of the population supports the death penalty for people like this. However no Government would ever have the courage to introduce it, for fear of a backlash from Europeans and other "liberal" countries. The US has a lot of problems, but fair play to them; they know how to deal with the vilest of criminals. I actually admire those States in the US which execute the dregs of society.
    False convictions? There were occasions when innocence was proven during time at death row.
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    Imagine the lifetime of trauma and paranoia the assaulted child will go through. That's why I don't see why any convicted paedophiles deserve to live [IRREGARDLESS of gender because is it just me or lately there's been a lot of coverage of female teachers taking advantage of underage school boys?]
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      Deport them to Japan.
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      (Original post by markova21)
      I get the impression a very large percentage of the population supports the death penalty for people like this. However no Government would ever have the courage to introduce it, for fear of a backlash from Europeans and other "liberal" countries. The US has a lot of problems, but fair play to them; they know how to deal with the vilest of criminals. I actually admire those States in the US which execute the dregs of society.
      Yes, and the US judicial system has a stunning rate of 4.1 percent— or 1 in every 25—of innocent blood sentenced to death.
      And that's just the lower bound.

      AND that's glossing over the fact that the US law has a long history of racial motivation behind incarceration so let's not hold them up on a pedestal.

      Death penalty seems like a great idea in theory but let's not forget the problems too which "liberal" countries haven't forgotten about. But yes, for the vilest of the vile I do believe that the life sentence isn't enough especially for convicted paedophiles.

      *Edit: for anyone wondering, I pulled the stats from The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences article, not my ass
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      nope.
      only if they kill a child.
      otherwise, what would be (legally and morally) a benefit of leaving victims alive?
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      No.
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      (Original post by simon_g)
      nope.
      only if they kill a child.
      otherwise, what would be (legally and morally) a benefit of leaving victims alive?

      So...raping/sexually assaulting a child is ok (because that's exactly why convicted paedophiles get...well...convicted) but you draw the line at murder?

      Mkay
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      Nah that's like saying every gay person should be killed or every bisexual, or dare I say it every heterosexual so you may as well kill everyone. You cannot help or choose your sexuality any more than you can choose the colour of your eyes, I say this as a straight man.
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      If there is 100% evidence they have sexual assaulted a child, then yes, I think they should be executed. If a man dare put his hands on my young sister or daughter, I would probably hurt them myself. If there is 100% evidence they committed the sexual assault, then yes, to make society safer for our kids.
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      (Original post by anosmianAcrimony)
      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.
      Trying to rehabilitate them is just like saying lets send a lesbian to gay conversion camp, you've admitted yourself they cant control their attractions. Also no one said anything about just having harmless attractions to underage kids, its about those who are convicted for it. If someone distributes or produces Child pornography they too should be given the death penalty although I guess for possession it should just remain jail time. You realise the cost of long term prison sentences and psychological help is significantly more costly and isn't guaranteed to have any effect. For the sake of argument just assume this person is convicted and 100% proven (also this isn't about the system and flaws of the death penalty, its about using the death penalty against someone who's convicted as a pedophile.)
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      (Original post by airportsh8me)
      So...raping/sexually assaulting a child is ok (because that's exactly why convicted paedophiles get...well...convicted) but you draw the line at murder?

      Mkay
      I'd rather be murdered than molested as a child.. i cant imagine the torment. You've ruined their life and they have to live with the pain. I'd rather die in pain and get it over with. Most people abused as kids dont go on to live happy lives as well so I personally think its worse than murder
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      No. I don't think it is wrong to execute murders though I don't see why it is needed when life in prison is cheaper. But if nobody has died, I can't see the justification for it.
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      (Original post by Dandaman1)
      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.
      I'd certainly like to think so.
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      yes
      maybe rapists and murderers should aswell. not too sure about giving rapists the death penalty because so many people are falsely accused.
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      (Original post by Dandaman1)
      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.
      I can tell you now, I'd have no mercy for someone who abused kids especially if it were someone related to me.
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      No.
      Let them rot in prison
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      Of course not.

      They should be castrated then killed.
     
     
     
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