In what way would the death penalty stop murder? The whole point of a punishment is to act as a deterrent but seems as most murders are committed in the heat of the moment it seems little difference will be made. America has capital punishment and from what I can tell crime is still committed over there.
Other than that there is also the obvious point of what happens when somebody is executed and then found to be innocent? And do we not lose our moral high ground when we start to determine whether somebody should live or die. Is the death penalty really about justice as it should be or revenge?
The way the initial poster describes the world you'd think we were living in some sort of post apocalyptic Mad Max type war zone. Sure there are people out there who commit crime but that's nothing new. There has always been crime and there always will be. I'm 22 and I'm more than happy to walk the streets at night without being worried that I'm going to get mugged or killed or whatever.
There have been a few incidents that have been reported in the paper but they are isolated. So two crimes have been committed? That's two in a much larger population where the mass majority have broken no law.
Regarding car insurance needing to go up, that's literally mental. I'm 22 and trying to manage a full time business and my insurance is stupidly high as it is. If it went any higher I'd have to give up being self employed and try and get a more reliable job. But as we know there aren't too many of those about at the moment and so I guess I'd end up on the dole.
A curfew for 16 year olds also seems illogical. What if an 18 year old breaks the law? Or 21? Or even 40? Do we simply set a curfew for everybody?
With all due respect some people just believe everything that they read or hear. Unfortunately the majority of what is reported isn't exactly the best of News
it's simply the most interesting. Calls for things like the death penalty to me simply seem like an over reaction to that. For a better argument than I can come up with regarding this please check out this article by Charlie Brooker http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/07/bring-back-the-saw-instead