Originally Posted by eeeeeeeli
"Now, I don't know how to convince you that even especially heinous murderers don't deserve to suffer the same fate they meted out."
This is an important point. Revenge is a very common argument for punishment from the general public. Yet eye-for-eye style justice is absurd, leading to all sorts of logical barbarism, much of which those same people would likely find distasteful (until they got used to it, no doubt! Fox would make a killing on P.P.V.).
So this sort of justice-by-feeling seems rather squishy, even when we are merely talking about that nebulous concept of social retribution.
The death penalty side is justice by feeling? What motivation is there to preserve the lives of inarguably guilty murderers (Which is the controversial part of anti-DP argument) other than some sentiment? Not only are most of these people killers, they're usually defectives.
Their defense usually involves prettied up youth photos, crying mothers, and adopted poses of religious piety. In other words, appeals to emotion and pity.