When the state executes someone they are murdering them?
Whats your argument if yes or no?
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One could argue that, since it involves taking the life of another, then it is indeed murder.. Albeit one with a "just cause" (what, exactly, that entails is a debate for another day!)
However, if you look in the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of murder is "the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another".
The death penalty fails to fit this criteria since, under US law, it is deemed to be lawful.
The question you're arguing does naturally provoke a debate on semantics.. "Does the death penalty and murder mean the same thing?"
Clearly, as shown above, no it does not.
However, what I believe you're asking is "Morally, are they the same thing?" which is a much deeper, more difficult to answer question.
There are arguments for both sides, of course. It is taking a life of another and therefore - no matter the reason - it is murder in a sense, yes? But then again, they've done actions so wrong that they themselves exist outside of the law and, as such, the death penalty could be considered just and fair.
It can go backwards and forwards all day, you're never going to get a 100% clear answer on this.2