Young Adult (18-35)
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the death penalty. A step in the wrong direction. Composed by Michael A. Williams, the third lobbyist organization being advocated on behalf of National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Mr Speaker, Senate Majority and minority leaders, House Majority and minority leaders and to all members of the 115th Kong United States Congress It's truly an honor and a privilege to speak before you today. For those who I have yet the pleasure of meeting or being acquainted with, my name is Michael Antonio Williams. The third, though most know me by the last three letters of my middle name, Neil. I currently serve as a lobbyist for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty or in C A D. P. For sure, the mission of this organization has found on the website is to abolish the death penalty in the United States and support efforts to abolish the death penalty worldwide. The envision future of the N. C. A. D. P. Is one where together we as human beings foster safe, prime free communities, provide care and aid to those victims of heinous crimes, find both just and reasonable alternatives to holding criminal perpetrators accountable rethink our judicial system and reform prisons, as well as implement public policies that are 100% evidence based. I am here today to raise awareness on this heated and controversial political issue in accordance with the interest of the N. C. A d. P. I shall speak on why the death penalty should be abolished for the inherent problems that lie within it. The fact of the matter is this, in the words of the late Coretta Scott King, the death penalty is a step back. Let's take partisan politics out of the equation for a moment. Shall we Look at me. I consider myself to be closer and political ideology to a conservative Republican than anything. Yeah, I am against using the death penalty. It has nothing to do with parties. It has everything to do with ethics. I think it's imperative to know sentencing someone to death. Granted, it may seem as just compensation for an appalling crime that they may have committed is in reality, not just compensation whatsoever. Here's why. First, let me start off by saying that before being a conservative Republican Republican or a combination of both, I am a Christian. First and foremost this is this is significant because it lends itself to my opening point. Only God can take life, just as God is the one who can cheese babies in the womb of their mothers. He is also the one and the only one who can take away life as job to load his wife. In the first chapter of his namesake book in the Bible, the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away first, Corinthians, 6 20 says that God, God bought us at a price. We are not our own. So how can we, as a nation and as a collection of nations that span all across the globe, think it appropriate to eliminate God's own lives? His creation? A group of individuals that, as it says in the book of songs, are fearfully and wonderfully made. According to our website, www dot n. C. A t p dot org. Over a quarter of the population is not in agreeance with the death penalty. I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of those who think so are lifelong pro lifers. Thank you. Who's to say to the person up for execution actually committed the crime. Witnesses can live, victims can lie, evidence can be planted. The list goes on and on. And while this list does, I admit stretch the possibilities. One must consider all scenarios in life or death situations. History has shown us, by way of Murphy's law that anything that could happen did happen. Nothing. And I emphasize that nothing, if ever, totally out of the question one must consider the ramifications that are those on the hill. We are talking about death here. Something so irreversible cannot be left up to any doubt, not just reasonable or unreasonable to for a jury and or judge. To get it wrong in a case like that would be absolutely awful, not only for the soon to be inmate on death row, not just for their family, not solely for the victim or their family who mistakenly perceived justice as having been served, but for the jury and or judge. Moreover, they'd have to live with the guilt and heartache of potentially being responsible for in a case like so wrongfully ending someone's life. Unlike our creator, we are neither omnipotent nor omniscient. Because of this, we cannot. We must not. We need not go down the road of having the death penalty and practice anymore. This reason alone is enough to stand on its own. However, even passed this rationale, there is still yet more that I hope is convincing enough make believers out of those who are still on the fence. Let us let us consider a third point. This hint brings me to a cyst snippet of an episode from NBC's beloved political drama The West Wing, in which President Jed Bartlet, portrayed by Martin Sheen, is being told by his chief of staff, Leo McGary, portrayed by John Spencer that if the Oval Office decided to take a certain ill advised course of action against the Middle Eastern threat, it would be as stupid as the belief that capital punishment will turn away criminals. Well, the comparison may have been a strong one. The fact of the matter is that capital punishment will not deter criminals. Yes, maybe back in the older times, seeing one's execution and public might have sent chills down the spines of village townspeople. And who's to say that citizens now don't get that same feeling when they find one of their peers sentenced sentenced to lethal injection, but to say that death senators death sentences like lethal injection will make criminals reconsider. Life choices is a bit nonsensical, just as stricter gun control laws won't be a deterrent for those looking to the black market for weapons arsenal. And forcing the death penalty won't be a deterrent for pre established, premeditated, heinous criminal offenders. And as Leo McGarry pointed out in that episode, criminals and industries like drug dealing are much more fearsome of the debts they could face at the hands of kingpins for not complying with an abiding by their code, not the execution they could have under the United States government. As I close, I'd like to leave you all with my sincere and humble things for listening to my appeal for change in our great countries justice system. Ladies and gentlemen of the 101 115 United States Congress. If you reflect on my speech today, don't forget to ponder over overall that we could do without the death penalty. Our projections at the N. C. A. D. P forecast tens of millions of dollars being able to go to resources that could duly rehabilitate those who commit vicious crimes or, better yet, prevent the vicious crime from happening altogether. Never again will we wonder if the electric chair is humane for the not too distant future. There will be no electric chair to wonder about. Thank you for your time. May God bless you. May God bless the United States of America. Okay. References www dot n. C a d p dot org The Holy Bible Credit Scott King's The death Penalty is a step back.