Capital punishment has been in effect since the 1600’s. However, in 1972 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment, which was unconstitutional according to the eighth amendment. It was public opinion that the methods of execution, hanging, electrocution, and facing a firing squad, were too slow and painful to the person to be executed. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed this decision when a better way to bring about death was found in 1976. This better way is death by lethal injection, which is quick and painless if administered right. Since capital punishment has been reinstituted the issue has been a major discussion in the media and among the American public.
If it were up to me, every murderer in this country would be put behind bars on death row and have their life taken from them just as they took the life of another. The guidelines of ” an eye for an eye” go back thousands of years.
Many countries still hold true to these guidelines. Although America doesn’t follow the same as these countries, I believe when it comes to murder, they should. Putting people to death for committing murder makes other potential murderers think twice about killing someone. Capital punishment deters many murders every day. If all that had to be done was spend life in jail, getting free meals, having a roof over their head, and place to sleep at night, then killing someone wouldn’t seem like such a risk. If their life is on the line, and they know if they get caught their going to be put to death, then most likely they will not commit the murder. Murderers are not fearless. They are just like any other human being, if there life is put on the line, they’re going to think twice about their decisions.
If someone is sitting on death row, then they more than likely deserve it. They have caused a great deal of grief to the family and friends of the victim or victims and it seems that the only way justice could be.