Pro Death Penalty Is Not Pro Lethal Injection Essay example

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In a recent opinion editorial, Kari Hong, an assistant professor of law at Boston College and a former criminal defense attorney, argues that instead of lethal injection the United States should us a firing squad as the new way of being put to death. In her article “Bring back the Firing Squad”, she explains that although she is pro-death penalty she is not pro lethal injection. In her opinion a firing squad is more humane than “death cocktails” (Hong). Hong briefly suggest that’s a firing squad is “more honest” making her look as if she is using deontologists thinking, when she should be thinking about the overall wellbeing of everyone affected by the accused (Hong). How does anyone benefit from the brutal murder of a murderer? Although Hong gives a strong argument as to why a firing squad would be a better way to punish the worst criminals, she doesn’t give enough thought into the consequences it could have for the number of innocent people sentenced to death, the cost of everything and the families of victims.
Even though Hong makes some fair points as to why lethal injection should be considered cruel and unusual punishment she doesn’t give a lot of evidence to support her idea or even think about the consequences it could have. For an argument about having a firing squad instead of lethal injection for the United state’s Capital punishment Hong should consider using a Utilitarian argument. Michael Sandel the author of “Justice: what 's the right thing to do?” talks…

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