Capital Punishment: Why Or Why Not?

Justice can not be served until the debate on capital punishment is
resolved and all states have come to agree that the death penalty is the
best way to stop crime completely. The American Heritage Dictionary of
the English Language, Third Edition defines execution as the act or an
instance of putting to death or being put to death as a lawful penalty.
Many people who are against capital punishment are only thinking of
the criminal and how cruel it is for them. But, shouldn't we think of the
families that are broken apart of the merciless acts of these criminals.
Think of Susan Smith, how she knowingly drove her car off into a lake with
her two children strapped into the seats. ...

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all power, all subordination to authority rests on
the executioner: he is the horror and the bond of human association.
Remove this incomprehensible agent from the world and at that very moment
order gives way to chaos, thrones topple and society disappears," says,
Joseph de Maistre, an eighteenth century French Diplomat. He is right, if
we give up on punishing a deadly criminal, then we throw our society into
chaos and let the criminals freely do as they please. I would feel safe if
I knew that anyone who tried to fatally harm me would be put to death. But,
in today's society when someone can kill someone, get sentence for life,
then get paroled and then freed to go about and do the same crime again,
frankly scares me. Another, thing that scares me is the fact that this
country has softened up on criminals. It's hard to think that now a days
everyone has a right, even though when you go against the law and are put
in prison, you are to be stripped of your rights. Not so ...

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supply being promoted by his rivals. The condemned
is strapped to a wooden chair, electrodes are attached, and a shock of
thirty thousand watts is applied. The prisoner is literally cooked
internally, and death may require multiple shocks.

Gas Chamber

First used in Nevada in 1921, the gas chamber is an airtight room
with a chair into which the accused is strapped. Death is caused by
exposure to cyanide gas, produced when sodium cyanide is dropped into
sulfuric acid. The suffering caused is deliberate and plain to see:
writhing, vomiting, shaking and gasping for breath for many seconds. This
horrendous technique is used only in a few US states.

Lethal Injection

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