Andrew Jensen

Vancouver , B.c., Canada

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Andrew Jensen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The death penalty is unjustifiable
Ok I lose, you win. The death penalty is completely unjustifiable. Perhaps as an alternative we should just simply ask criminals what they think their penalties should be! Problem solved.
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Andrew Jensen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The death penalty is unjustifiable
I appreciate the effort you put into compiling the above list of quotes and references. I believe that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Moreover, if I callously murdered, raped or committed pedophilia then I would hold no ill will against society if someone wiped me off the face of the earth. I hope that someone would have the decency to right a wrong. I also think sometimes that this issue has less to do with doing good as opposed to defeating evil. "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Andrew Jensen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The death penalty is unjustifiable
The weather in town has been quite lousy most of the summer. In fact, some days it feels like summer never came at all. How is the weather in your neck of the woods? I would not suggest that the rest of the world adopt the Chinese system of justice but I do believe that the death penalty in some situations is justifiable.The Chinese justice system is plagued by many other problems that are beyond the scope of this debate. I would define the greater good as what is good for the majority. Not mine, or yours or the governments but what is actually better for society as a whole.
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Andrew Jensen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The death penalty is unjustifiable
Furthermore, I love how you brought up the “barbaric states” and their uncivilized methods of execution before slipping in the United States in a sentence behind Lauren. As far as I know the United States doesn’t cut off heads, poison or butcher convicts. An uniformed reader could easily assume that the United States still practices such methods of execution. The justification of the death penalty is that it is for the greater good. It is the ultimate preventative step to prevent further murder and heinous crimes from possibly being committed. Ideally it would be nice if all crime could be prevented in the first place but we just aren’t that civilized yet. Call me primitive but I believe that at least for now, a bullet to the back of the head will have to do cases.
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Andrew Jensen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The death penalty is unjustifiable
While you may argue that the above sentiment is inhumane or callous or ultimately unjustifiable, it is necessary given the current state of the world. The inability of the legal and prison systems to operate efficiently or at all sometimes is a completely different matter beyond the scope of my argument. If the prison systems actually rehabilitated people then my feelings about the death penalty could possibly be swayed. Unfortunately, the prison system in Canada has an abysmal track record of rehabilitation. I have never understood how locking up someone up with a bunch of other villains for a decade would result in them being magically rehabilitated. If we cannot rehabilitate and reintegrate criminals back into society then they should not be released and there is little point in keeping them locked in solitude forever. I would argue that a swift execution in many cases is more humane than eternal confinement. Currently the rate at which we execute people is inhumane. Justice should be swift and with cause. I believe that as a Society we have set standards via laws in terms of what we expect of citizens. Failure to conform to these standards for the greater good of the whole should result in permanent removal from society. If you would like to save all this deviants Lauren then perhaps we could all just send them to your Belgium. Perhaps you could petition Yves Leterme for such.
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Andrew Jensen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The death penalty is unjustifiable
I feel like the perfect place for my contribution was following Anthony and Thomas. If someone was to commit one of the crimes Anthony described in his post against one of my family I would be ecstatic to see their life ended. At least I would not have to wonder if they would every put someone else through what I had to go through. People make choices, people make decisions and they should have to deal with the ultimate consequences of their actions. Choosing to not use “such” emotions Thomas comes across as a little robotic. We are beings filled with emotion and to deny such emotion is to turn away from our very beings. It is even easier to justify the death penalty if you refrain from emotion as it disenfranchises the sanctity of life. People love to bring up “an eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind”. Extrapolating upon the above, people are essentially trying say that if it was a life for a life we would all be dead. Which would only hold true if we decided to either A) murder each other in such a fashion that through retribution we all ended up dead or B) if we all committed crimes worthy of the death penalty offed each other. The saying is a nice generalization but has little real world application. I believe that the death penalty is not only justifiable but I would love it if it was reinstated in Canada. I think that some crimes are so heinous that the participants in the crime should be abolished from this world. Murderers, rapists and pedophiles should simply be erased if there is even a 1% chance that they will ever reoffend. Society needs to simply wash its hands of some individuals and move on. It is lovely to discuss the death penalty for a philosophical perspective but the reality is that something needs to be done to prevent people from reoffending and to stop the cycle of criminal heritage that often occurs.