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 bottom line is, one method of execution is just as brutal
and as barbaric as the next," says Mr. Breedlove of the National

Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. This comes straight from the
mouth of a member of a national organization against capital
punishment. The American HeritageŽ 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. So if

Breedlove’s words hold true, then what he believes is that someone
going out and killing someone is barbaric. In a sense isn’t that what
he’s saying, that one way of killing someone is just as bad as any
other. So if he finds this so barbaric, why doesn’t he do something
about it?

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 now because 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
to 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. Mr. Smith, the father of the two children, broken up from
the ruling said "Me and my family are disappointed that the death
penalty was not the verdict, but it wasn’t our choice. They returned
a verdict they thought was justice" (Bragg, pg.


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. They said it would be just as bad for her to be in that
cell alone because of her depression, but does it justify her cutting
short the lives of the two children who had no idea of their oncoming
death. "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, a eighteenth century French
diplomat. He is right, if we give up our punishing a deadly criminal,
then we throw our society into chaos and let the criminals freely do
as they please. I would know I was safe if anyone that tried to
fatally harm me would be put to death. But in this society when
someone can kill someone, get sentenced to life, 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 suppose 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, others 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