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Capital Punishment The World Over

Capital punishment is a very complex issue. Simplistic folks say a person guilty of big crimes deserves to die; that they are a danger to society if left alive.

But things are not so simple.

That is why the debate rages on throughout the world on the issue.

All countries are guilty of executing in the most brutal and inhuman manner. Even the United States.

The United States has public hangings

In the early twentieth century, blacks were burned alive, especially in the Southern states

Hanging was common in the late 19th and early 20th century in America. Cowboy style.

Then came the electric chair.

Rows of benches for the audience!

Electric chair is a very painful way to execute a person

Americans entered the gas chamber even earlier than in Germany, namely in 1924 ...

Then came a truly infernal invention - the Chair of Death. The method is still performed in Utah and Idaho, as an alternative to lethal injection.. To carry out executions, the prisoner is tied to a chair with leather straps across the waist and head.  The doctor locates the heart and attaches a circular target.  At a distance of 20 feet are five shooters.  Each of them aims a rifle through a crack in the canvas and shoots.  The prisoner dies as a result of loss of blood caused by the rupture of the heart or large blood vessel, or rupture of the lungs... If the arrows miss the heart, accidentally or intentionally, sentenced dies a slow death ..

Composition of lethal injection has developed physician Stanley Deutsch. It consists of three chemical components. The first ingredient - Sodium Pentothal - sentenced plunges into a deep sleep. . Pavulon, paralyzes the muscles. Finally, potassium chloride stops the heart muscle. After the examination of the University of Texas, this method has been approved.  He soon became widespread.  The opponents of the death penalty gave him the name "Texas cocktail. Today the 38 states that after 1976 re-entered on its territory the death penalty, only Nebraska does not resort to injection, preferring them to the electric chair.

Things are done more crudely in many Middle East countries

In China corrupt officials are shot

Is human society still civilised? There surely must be a more productive, more humane way to 'punish'.

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