A “More Humane” Death Penalty?

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image”. Genesis 9:6

The Story Behind This- Alabama moved closer to allowing death row inmates to be executed with nitrogen gas, a method that has so far never been used.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday on an 11-1 vote. It now moves to the full Senate.

Sen. Trip Pittman, the bill sponsor, says nitrogen hypoxia could be a painless way to put a person to death that is more humane than lethal injection or electric chair. The Montrose Republican said Alabama needs another execution method as lethal injection methods face legal challenges.

Our Take-

The death penalty has been used in America since 1608 with Captain George Kendall becoming the first recorded person executed in the new colonies.

And it is a subject that has been debated nearly ever since.

That the death penalty is not lawful in 2018 is not up for debate, as in 1976, the Supreme Court held that the death penalty was constitutional under the Eighth Amendment.

What is up for discussion is the means by which a person is put to death in the State of Alabama.

The call is for a “more humane” way to execute a person convicted of capital murder.

When you look at most; if not all capital murder convictions, the crime or crimes committed that resulted in such a decision were not in any shape or form, “humane.”

The victims that were killed in various manners, had no choice about the way they died. Stories of just how brutal, how much pain and suffering they experienced before dying often emerge at the trials of convicted killers.

And many of those deaths might have been prevented if the Legal system had done their job… as in the murder of 5-year-old Regina Hernandez in Huntsville, Al.

In 2016, the State of Alabama had the nation’s third highest homicide rate…

Out of the 407 deaths that got us that ranking…

How many of them, do you suppose, got a choice when it came to how “humane” their death was?

While maybe we should be so ‘vengeful’ when it comes to executing an individual, we shouldn’t eliminate the death penalty either.

While there are experts who argue that the death penalty doesn’t work, citing that someone who is depraved to commit murder isn’t really worried whether they are caught or convicted…

There is; however, more evidence to show that having a death penalty does work… if it’s enforced.

Michael Summers, PhD, MBA, Professor of Management Science at Pepperdine University, wrote in his Nov. 2, 2007 article “Capital Punishment Works” in the Wall Street Journal:

[O]ur recent research shows that each execution carried out is correlated with about 74 fewer murders the following year… The study examined the relationship between the number of executions and the number of murders in the U.S. for the 26-year period from 1979 to 2004, using data from publicly available FBI sources… There seems to be an obvious negative correlation in that when executions increase, murders decrease, and when executions decrease, murders increase…

And Cass R. Sunstein, PhD, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, wrote in his Mar. 2005 paper “Is Capital Punishment Morally Required? The Relevance of Life-Life Tradeoffs” on papers.ssrn.com: [C]apital punishment may be morally required not for retributive reasons, but in order to prevent the taking of innocent lives…

Even former President George W. Bush said; when asked if he believes in the death penalty, “I do, that’s the only reason to be for it. I don’t think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don’t think that’s right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people’s lives.”

In my not so humble opinion, I will agree..

The death penalty should be used when the crime calls for it.

Maybe not so much as a form of revenge…

But neither does it need to be “more humane” than the one their victim experienced.

But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Exodus 21:23-25



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