Capital Punishment Works

Apologies if you all already know about this and it's all old news, some of us are still shuffling along alright. I happened to stumble upon this while reading a different article in National Review last night.
WSJ - Most commentators who oppose capital punishment assert that an execution has no deterrent effect on future crimes. Recent evidence, however, suggests that the death penalty, when carried out, has an enormous deterrent effect on the number of murders. More precisely, our recent research shows that each execution carried out is correlated with about 74 fewer murders the following year. The study examined the relationship between the number of executions and the number of murders in the U.S. for the 26-year period from 1979 to 2004, using data from publicly available FBI sources. The chart nearby shows the number of executions and murders by year.
There seems to be an obvious negative correlation in that when executions increase, murders decrease, and when executions decrease, murders increase. In the early 1980s, the return of the death penalty was associated with a drop in the number of murders. In the mid-to-late 1980s, when the number of executions stabilized at about 20 per year, the number of murders increased. Throughout the 1990s, our society increased the number of executions, and the number of murders plummeted. Since 2001, there has been a decline in executions and an increase in murders.
In summary, if you want to save people from murdering scumbags, then execute the murdering scumbags, it's as simple as that. Needless to say, it's leftists who are at the forefront of saving these murdering sacks of filth, shock/horror, and yet they insist that it is us Conservatives who are the hard bastards, go figure.

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