Whenever and wherever the subject of the death penalty comes up, tensions run high. Many people have very strong views one way or the other, but today, instead of just opinions, I decided to bring some interesting facts about the death penalty into play. One thing I found very interesting about it, is that in the United States as well as other countries, murder is not the only crime punishable by death. Other offense's that could have you sitting on death row are things such as kidnapping, rape, aircraft hijacking, perjury leading to someone's death, and even arson. Another interesting fact is that in 2008 and 2009, states who allowed the death penalty, had a higher murder rate than those states who don't allow it. So, the death penalty is no longer just used in the 'eye for and eye, tooth for a tooth' sense, but it also promotes more violent crime overall. With these and other facts, the question becomes less of what are the facts about it, and more of why do we still use such a primitive form of punishment for our criminals?