Murder is wrong, sinful, and horrific. Since childhood we have been taught this indisputable truth. What is the death penalty? Simplified, the death penalty is one person taking the life of another, which is pretty much the definition of murder. We cannot teach killing is wrong by killing. To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice. Just think about it, would you take someone’s life?
The death penalty has now become more accepted in society and murdering a murderer is okay. But the idea of raping a rapist is disgusting and unacceptable, so why is murdering a murderer okay?
There are many different forms of execution that the inmate can choose from when convicted. The most commonly used forms of execution is electrocution, lethal gas, hanging, firing squad, beheading and the lethal injection.
In 1989 Joseph Rudolf Wood was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her father, shooting them both in the chest while they were at work. Joseph was sentenced to death and later executed in 2014. It took 2 hours and he gasped 640 times before being pronounced dead.
It should’ve only taken seven minutes.
In Arizona three injections are used: midazolam, to sedate, vecuronium bromide, to the paralyze muscles and potassium chloride, to stop the heart.
The prisoner is strapped to the gurney in the execution room. IV tubes are placed into both arms. Usually 10 mg midazolam is given in surgery to knock you unconscious and suppress your breathing. On death row is 500mg is administered. The drugs travel up the arm via the blood stream to the brain. Within seconds the inmate loses consciousness. After 5 minutes the person is confirmed unconscious.
Midazolam use in lethal injections is controversial. Some experts believe the drug has no pain relieving properties and cannot produce deep unconsciousness.
100 mg of vecuronium bromide is administered. The death row dosage paralyzes inmates from head to toe. When it reaches the lungs inmates can no longer breathe but the heart may continue to beat.
To stop the heart from beating potassium chloride is given. Without sedation this would be extremely painful. It is described as liquid fire going through the veins. If the inmate is not fully paralyzed they will spasm uncontrollably and die a very painful death.
Joseph Wood isn’t the only case of a botched execution. 7.1% of lethal injections don’t go to plan with gas chamber executions following with 5.4%. These botched executions violate the constitution being cruel or unusual punishment. Right to life is the basic right of any human being. Every individual has a right to live whether criminal or not. No human has a right to infringe life of any individual, regardless of their actions.
Human life is valuable, precious, and priceless. I believe everyone has an absolute human right to life, even those who commit murder; I believe sentencing a person to death and executing them violates that right. The death penalty overrules our most basic human right – the right to live.
In America the executioner gets paid 300 Us dollars to injected the prisoner with the three drugs. I would like to add that these people are not medical professionals, these people are putting IV’s on the prisoners without being medical professionals, that is the reason Clayton Lockett died an excruciatingly painful death. The prison officer was unable to insert a needle successfully into his hands, arms, feet or legs. Resulting in him having a IV put in his groin. The officer didn’t know that he had pierced through Claytons vein causing it to collapse. So when all the drugs where administered they absorbed into the soft tissue in his leg. Unfortunately, Lockett spent hours screaming and groaning but later died from a huge heart attack.
John Wayne- Pump malfunction, Anesthesiologists blamed the problem on inexperienced prison staff, saying that proper methods taught in “IV 101”
Charles Fredrick Gordon- injected with potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride
Charles Walker- Faulty iv tube
Rickey Ray Rector, Robyn Lee Parks, Billy Wayne White, Michael Eugene Elkins All the people named and so many more people endured an extremely painful death purely because of inexperienced and unqualified prison staff. Despite there crimes how does anyone think this is acceptable?
All the people named and so many more people endured an extremely painful death purely because of inexperienced and unqualified prison staff. Despite there crimes how does anyone think this is acceptable?
With a death sentence, the suffering is over in an instant. With life in prison, the pain goes on for decades. Prisoners are confined to a cage. They live in an internal environment of rape and violence and they’re treated like animals. If a criminal is sentenced to life in prison they will spend 23 hours of their day in a 2 by 3-meter cell. The one hour outside of the cell is spent in a court yard surrounded by 4 high brick walls. This is a better form of justice for the victim of the crime. The criminal suffers for a long period of time compared to the easy way out, dying.
Most people don’t realize that carrying out one death sentence costs 2-5 times more than keeping that same criminal in prison for the rest of his or her life. You may be asking yourself why, why would it cost more for someone to die instead of spending life in prison. Well it has to do with the infinite appeals, additional required procedures, and legal battles that drag the process out. It’s not unusual for a prisoner to be on death row for 15-20 years. Judges, attorneys, court reporters, clerks, and court facilities all require a substantial investment by the taxpayers.
I would like to end this speech by asking you to imagine a scenario. Your mother has been killed