Capital Punishment

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Capital Punishment

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.
Think of how they must have felt as the cold water started to fill the cabin of the car,
and then ultimately drown them. Barbaric is exactly the word I would use to describe her
actions. But yet, the jury rejected the death penalty and chose a life sentence instead.
The jury believed that justice was served by handing her the life sentence. But was it
justice that she was not put to death for killing her two children? How could someone
possibly let her off the hook of such a crime? "All grandeur, 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 anymore. Justice in the
nineties has slacked up a bit. "In the late 1950's, on any given day there were about two
hundred prisoners awaiting execution," says Hugo Bedau of Tufts University, Massachusetts.
"Hardly any remained on Death Row for more than a year." Today [November 1995], there are
15 times that number, and many have been there for over a decade. Opponents of the death
penalty say this statistic is a moral outrage. Supporters see it as undermining a key
advantage of the death penalty over life imprisonment: it saves tax-payers the huge cost
of keeping murderers locked up (Matthews, pg.'s 38-42). Most of those against capital
punishment argue that the forms of execution are gruesome. While some might be seen that
way at first, other offer the advantages that both parties can agree on. In 1994 there
were two hundred fifty seven executions in the United States. There were five methods of
doing so, as follows. Lethal Injection: 133 Electrocution: 112 Gas Chamber: 9 Hanging: 2
Firing Squad: 1 Electric Chair First used in New York in 1890 and still in use in 13
states,"old sparky" was the horrific outcome of Thomas Edison's attempt to show the
dangers of the AC power 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
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