What are the Descriptive Assumptions in the Death Penalty Article? Descriptive assumptions are also unstated. They are the glue that binds the reasons for the conclusion. The descriptive assumption is the main underlying assumption in the article. What must we assume about individuals convicted of murder? If you support the death penalty with the intensity of the author, what would you believe in your hearts of hearts?
(6) I support the death penalty for cop killers and heinous crimes of murder. (7) The death penalty is a deterrent. (8) Without a doubt, Mr. Davis will never kill again. (9) We don’t have to like the death penalty in order to support it. (10) We must fight fire with fire. (11) If someone comes down with cancer, it may be necessary to take radical steps to cure the cancer: radical surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. (12) The disease in this case is injustice. (13) Should this cop killer be given clemency? (14) We may not like the death penalty, but it must be available for such heinous crimes; otherwise, we are giving criminals, like Mr. Davis, a license to kill.
(15) The evidence is clear. (16) When executions went down, the number of murders went up. (17) Looking at the data from 1950-2002, the murder rate went from 4.6 per 100,000 population in 1951 to 10.2 per 100,000 population in 1980, as executions went to zero during the period the Supreme Court declared capital punishment unconstitutional. (18) Execution resumed in 1977. (19) As you can see, the murder rate once again declined. (20) Opponents of the death penalty often make the argument that we might kill an innocent person. (21) Mark MacPail was an innocent person who was executed by Mr. Davis. (22) He received no appeals to the Supreme Court; no appeals for clemency. (23) Mr. Davis killed in cold blood. (24) It is fallacy to argue that the death penalty should be abolished because an innocent person might die. (25) Innocent persons are dying all the time; however, only the murders have the chance to appeal their sentence.
926) In 2010, fifty-ix police officers were killed in the line of duty in the US. (27) No doubt by someone who had murdered before (28) Even life in prison does not guarantee that they will not kill again. (29) All too often, these individuals kill again in prison.