Essay on Ethical and Historical Analysis of Capital Punishment

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Capital Punishment “[dates] as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which codified [Capital Punishment] for 25 different crimes,” so it is no surprise that it is still used today (“Early Death…” 1). In the U.S, Capital Punishment has been legalized in 32 states since 1996. Capital Punishment is not as inhumane as it sounds; it is limited under the 8th amendment in the U.S. Contrary to most beliefs, Capital Punishment is not used on every case of rapists, molesters, or murders, only in cases when necessary. In most states, capital punishment is only used for certain crimes. For example, “Michigan became the first state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes except treason” (“Early Death…”…show more content…
However, opponents must address the facts that states are carrying out the death penalty in the most humanitarian way possible. In the constitution, ‘cruel and unusual’ capital punishment defines the acts of “disemboweling, beheading, quartering, dissecting, and burning alive [those who are found guilty of capital punishment], all of which share the deliberate infliction of pain for the sake of pain” (“BAZE vs. REES” 1). On the other hand, thirty of the thirty-six states that have legalized capital punishment carry out capital punishment through lethal injection. The injection consists of a combination of three drugs: The first, sodium thiopental, induces unconsciousness when given in the specified amounts and thereby ensures that the prisoner does not experience any pain associated with the paralysis and cardiac arrest caused by the second and third drugs, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride…(“BAZE vs REES” 1).

Thus, those who are encumbered with capital punishment are endowed the least ghastly way to die possible. Further, proponents of capital punishment believe that it is necessary to use capital punishment in a free world. Once the murderer has committed the gruesome act, “the murderer [should lose] precisely the right of which he has deprived another human
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