The quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body is called life. We as people are entitled to life here on earth. No human being should take the life of another human being. Whether it is by law or done by a heinous crime, killing is still immoral. Some countries have legalized the death penalty as punishment for crimes committed, but how can it be effective? Killing is not justice! The justice system may call it capital punishment but how can one be punished if they are dead? Having the death penalty will not make the crime rates decrease. America as well as every other country will still experience murders, rape, robbery, kidnapping, etc. No country is free from crime therefore having the death penalty is not effective.
Capital punishment also known as the death penalty is a premeditated murder made by government. “Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times throughout the world” (Death Penalty, 2009, para.2). “The U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 struck down state death penalty laws, a ruling that also brought federal executions to a halt. In 1976, the court reinstated the death penalty after the adoption of new procedures” (Death Penalty, 2009, para.3). Capital punishment has been one of the most debatable topics in the United States over the years. Some individuals consider it as cruel and unusual punishment, while others sees it as justice.
The methods used to execute death row inmates have changed over time. The states used methods such as hanging, firing squads, gas chambers, electrocution, and lethal injection. People are being killed in front of public viewers and family of the victim, and nevertheless the family of the defendant. Most the methods listed above no longer exist. The most frequent methods used to put a human to death are lethal injection and electrocution. The person is place in a chair and electric waves are introduced and the brain is fried. Death by lethal injection consist of harsh chemicals are injected into the human being. Those chemicals are actually given to paralyze the defendant; it also causes the heart to stop pumping releasing no oxygen to the brain. All of the methods are considered to be torture. In the article 5 reasons to oppose the death penalty, 2012 it gives a n example of torture by lethal injection.
On December 13, 2006, Angel Nieves Diaz was the victim of a botched execution so
terrible that it led Florida’s Republican Governor and death penalty enthusiast Jeb Bush
to issue an executive order halting executions in the state.
Technicians wrongly inserted the needles carrying the poisons that were to kill
Diaz. The caustic chemicals poured into his soft tissues instead of his veins, as
intended. This left Diaz struggling and mouthing words in pain for over 34
minutes, when a second set of needles were inserted. The county medical
examiner found 12-inch burns inside both of his arms after the execution (No death penalty,...