I just read a report that Paul Ray, a lawmaker in Utah, wants to bring back the Firing Squad as a more reliable method of implementing the Death Penalty. According to the news report, the last time the firing squad was used to execute a prisoner in Utah was…in 2010.
Because, nothing sends a message that “murder is wrong” like murdering someone?
Inmates on death row are there because they have committed horrible crimes, but I still do not believe that the death penalty is the answer to deterring violent criminals. Murderers, by definition, do not value human life enough to preserve it–why then do some believe that threatening them with death will somehow stop them from killing?
Murder is wrong…and so is the death penalty. I believe it diminishes us as a society to put criminals to death.