"An eye for an eye will make the world go blind." Mahatma Gandhi, the cherished leader of nonviolent protest, once said this in an attempt to deter his followers from violence. When India was a colony of Britain, Gandhi wanted to ensure that his followers would not resort to violence to fight for their independence even if the British suppressed them violently. Now, this quote could be applied to America today, when we debate the issue of capital punishment. Is it righteousness to kill a murderer? This long-standing question must be viewed from the same standpoint from which many people had admired Gandhi. We criticize murderers for breaking the law and moral codes and tearing lives away from others, but we would be degraded to the very same level if we did the same and resorted to capital punishment...
Capital punishment, the death penalty or execution is the killing of a person by judicial process for retribution, general deterrence, and incapacitation. The word capital originated from Latin capitalis, literally” regarding the head” capital punishment was once punished by the severing of the head. Executions toward criminals have been used by nearly all societies both to punish crimes and to suppress political dissent. In the U.S, the electric chair, and the gas chamber were introduced as a more humane alternative to hanging, then later the lethal injection was introduced.
The lethal injection is injected in to the prisoner while he or she is strapped. The gas chamber consists of cyanide capsules that are dropped in acid and produce hydrogen cyanide, a deadly gas that takes many minutes of agony before a prisoner dies. And the electric chair was reported by the UCLA that there are two cases where it took 4 to 10 minutes of electrocutions before the prisoners died.
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