Nonetheless, I agree with capital punishment as a deterrent.
Doesn't work, even logically. Capital punishment is reserved for the most heinous criminals, so it's certainly not going to deter "lesser" crimes. Nor is capital punishment going to deter serial murderers and others who commit other truly brutal acts. Punishment only works as a deterrent when the punishment is percieved as being disproportionately harsh compared to the transgression. For example, capital punishment for petty thieves would certainly be a deterrent. But I don't think mst people want to live in such a state. And statistically, there is no compelling evidence of a correlation between lower crime and states/nations with capital punishment. The very opposite is true, in fact. And now, for my rant. I'm no namby pamby liberal. But the conservatives in the nation are, in my humble opinion, barely civilized. The religious rhetoric, the intolerance and lack of sympathy for other cultures and other points of view, the frequency of violent, "rogue" religious sects that are offshoots of mainstream religions (endemic of societies in which a lot of people feel alienated and seek to derive meaning and fellowship from religion). It may as well be arch-conservative Americans hiding in caves on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, and the Taliban and Osama hunting them with the help of the Pakistanian security forces.