Any two lives are different so it doesnt make sense

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(1) Any two lives are different, so it doesn’t make sense to consider them equally valuable. Primoratz respondsto this by saying there is no doubt that two human lives are different, but this doesn’t mean they are not equallyvaluable. If we allow a claim that the life of one person is more or less valuable than the life of another, than weshould give up the principle of equality under the law in all circumstances.(2) Violates right to live, which is a right belonging to each and every human. Primoratz responds to this bysaying if an abolitionist wants to argue a case by asserting an absolute right to life, they will have to deny morallegitimacy to taking human life in war, revolution, and self-defense. Primoratz suggests that if I were to violatethe rights of others, I thereby lose those same rights. Primoratz also poses the question ‘would we take seriouslythe claim of an absolute right to life from a murderer?’ and the answer is absolutely not; they have alreadydenied another human being that very right.“A Life for a Life” -- doesn’t need to show deterrent value, and only basing argument on the currentcircumstances.Offense given the right to punish.The punishment should be proportionate to the crime.Not literal, just punishment equal to the crime.The death penalty IS proportional to the crime of murder.
Life for a life only.Stealing -- deprives of financial; kidnapping -- deprives of freedom; killing -- deprives ofeverything.Murderer took victim’s life, only equal thing to do is to take killer’s life.Criminal took everything from the victim, would not be fair to leave him with anything,out of proportion not to kill him.Doesn’t care if it prevents future murders.Objections and responses(1) Violation of criminal’s right to live.We take away freedoms for other crimes.No right is absolute; can lose them, even the right to life.(2) Capital punishment is contradictory -- legal murder,Same as above, if execution is legal murder, fines are legal theft, jail is legal kidnapping, etc.Can’t apply analogy to other crimes, so contradictory.(3) Human lives are unequal -- old vs. young lives.Court system can’t make a distinction of whose life has more value.Systematically ridiculous to try to decide whose life is better.(4) Execution process is cruel/torture (long waits).Then accelerate the process, can’t completely get rid of the wait period though.Professor Krecz says this objection isn’t really great either.

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Capital punishment in the United States

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