This Is Why We Shouldn't Be Executioners

There's really only one reason you should oppose the death penalty. We don't have to do it.
It's just not necessary. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

"Death is different." It used to be a bumper sticker for opponents of capital punishment. It demonstrates what sets apart this moral issue from many other ones in politics. Typically such issues pit one value against another. Death is different. Supporters and opponents start with the same value -- the sanctity of human life -- and reach directly opposed conclusions about how to stand for it.

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