Supporting a Position: Capital Punishment
Is capital punishment really a necessary means of justice? Should the United States Government have the authority to inflict this sentence on convicted criminals? Is this type of punishment moral and humane? Well, these are the types of questions that have recently arisen after a certain inmate who was administered the lethal injection by the state of Florida. On the day of Angel Diaz’s execution something went terribly wrong. The lethal dose that was administered took roughly twice as long to claim his life. This leads me to believe that the inmate suffered for a long time. After reading an article about this case I have come to feel strongly that the death penalty is very inhumane punishment for a variety of reasons.
Just the mere thought of killing a human being in a slow and torturous manner is disgusting. There is no reason for the government to authorize cruelty as a punishment for any reason. One thing that bothers me is that the administration of the lethal injection is not performed by a medical professional. It also strikes me that the reason a physician is not willing to administer the injection is due to the fact that it violates their ethical code. This makes me wonder how the government can justify this punishment as being moral. Even if the injection was correctly applied it can still have problems. The chemical cocktail has to acutely attack certain systems in the body in order for it to claim its victim. With one slight mistake this compound is going to cause a person an enormous amount of pain. There is also paralyzing agent in the cocktail that would not allow a person in pain to convey any suffering that was being experienced. Does this seem humane? This punishment is supposed to be painless and ethical. However, we are now finding out that there is a huge glitch in this process and something needs to be done to correct it.
In my research I have concluded that there is...