I'm opposed to the death penalty for numerous reasons.
Execution is a tricky proposition. Many doctors have had patients that survived horrific injuries and other patients that died from minor ones. What it takes to kill someone can vary a great deal which is why what immediately kills one prisoner can take 20 minutes to kill another.
While the guillotine is certainly a reliable way to dispatch people death isn't always instant. Beheaded convicts have shown signs of consciousness (responding to hearing their name or to pin pricks) almost 20 seconds after their execution. Also, beheading could be seen as mutilation by the condemned's family.
The currently popular method of lethal injection may sometimes be torture. The drug cocktail used includes one to anesthetize, one to paralyze, and one to cause heart failure. If the anesthetic is unsuccessful it is very likely the condemned experiences a painful massive heart attack while unable to react due to the paralysis drug. The witnesses may observe a peaceful death but the convict could die in agony.
The most humane method of execution would probably be nitrogen asphyxiation. Humans sense hypoxia from the buildup of CO2 rather than the shortage of oxygen. NASA employees who died due to entering nitrogen purged environments had no sensation of suffocation; they simply dropped with no knowledge of their fate. They did not sense the danger because they were still able to exhale CO2.
In my Country we don't have the death penalty, quite often there are mistakes made in the process of a trial and innocent people are put to death or imprisoned. I feel once you allow your government the right to kill you you've lost all rights as a human being under the law. Every person has a right to live, that said once someone commits a horrible crime we feel the need to punish. Unfortunately the " Death Penalty ", or any form of punishment obviously doesn't have any deterent effect, or we would live in a crime free world. As you said in your question state executions can often be barbaric and leave the condemmed suffering for long periods of time. The lethal injections are one of the worst in that the first injection paralyses the person so they can't express any form of distress. No idea about guillotines, except that they are equally barbaric, plus the death penalty is in my opinion a farce.
LOL at the reactions. Seriously... why would we want to bring back the guillotine? I think times have changed don't you? However, at the time when they were widely used, it was "humane" compared to the other torture and execution devices out there. But really... No. No we should not.
I think if you were sentance to life in prison or were given more years than u could possibly live out i think the convicts should be able to decide for theemselfs whether or not they want the death sentence, and honestly killeg off a few of the baddies ssaves us taxpayers money
No there are more civilized methods that can be used to execute an offender, such as leathal injection, electric chair. The idea is to abide by the rule of law executing a person means you whant to remove un wanted elements out of society.
I'd rather have my head chopped off than be electrocuted, and as someone pointed out, death cocktails dont always work. But visually it isnt very pleasant, so it probably wouldnt happen.
someone showed me a site that theres guillotines here in the u.s.a. i dont know the validity of that but thats why i asked because thats what i thought was happening
It's funny that in that situation, most people would take life. People say life in prison is worse, yet most convicts will fight to get that over death row.
Considering I oppose the death sentence to begin with, I certainly wouldn't condone such a barbaric method of enforcing it.
no...what would be the benefit in that?
No! What?! Why would we do that??
Absolutely not. That is cruel.