In the United States of America, the death penalty is accepted by most state using lethal injection. Some people are strongly against it. They think that lethal injection could be more harmful than it seems to be (weekly reader). The death penalty shouldn’t be allowed because the inmates may suffer a long painful death, they may be too young, and the people who are on death row may not actually be the killers they were arrested for.
The death penalty should be abolished because inmates may suffer a long painful death if the anesthesia wears off or the inmates might wake up before the process is over. The steps of lethal injection are as followed: the inmate gets put onto a chair here they are strapped in. Next a needle injects the inmate with special drugs so the process can start. The first drug, which is called sodium thiopental, is the anesthesia drug that makes the inmate unconscious. This is where the first problem can occur. The inmate may wake up while the second and third drugs are at work, so the inmate will suffer a long painful death. The second drug is called pancuronium bromide, which paralyzes the muscles. The last drug, potassium chloride, is the one that stops the inmate’s heart. The last two drugs can be very uncomfortable, even painful for the inmate to undergo. Most people who have suffered a loss at the hands of someone on death row want that inmate to suffer. While most people who have suffered a loss want the inmate who is on death row to suffer, it is important to not let your emotions get in the way of how humane you may be. In most opinions, killing someone is wrong so what is the difference because either way, someone takes someone else’s life.
The people who are about to receive the death penalty that their state allows, may be very young, possibly 17 or younger. The inmates who are convicted of murder may be “Too Young to die?” as Teen Newsweek put it. They state in their article that 17 year old Lee Boyd Malvo went on a killing spree in Washington D.C. in October of 2002. The jury of the court room suggested the death sentence. Luckily, that sentence wasn’t put into action, but what if it did? In the U.S.A. a person under the age of 18 isn’t counted as an adult. They cannot vote, serve in the military, or marry without parent permission. Since they are still juvenile and cannot make their own legal decisions, 69 % of Americans oppose the idea of the death penalty for people under 18 (in a 2002 Gallup Poll). Even if they are 17 or younger, they still have committed a crime and who knows if they will do it again. That’s why some people still think that the death penalty should be used even with juvenile delinquents. Even so, people who are younger have more to live for and they are the next generation of people to run the U.S.A.
The citizens who are on death row may not be the actual murderers. They could be innocent, while the actual murderer is killing other innocent people. Since 1976, at least 124 people have been proven innocent, while on death row. This is due to human error. The people who are on death row don’t deserve to die a possibly painful death if they aren’t guilty of the crime. If they are the convicted murderers, than we can save lives by not letting them out of jail. We don’t know if they will do it again and if it seems like they will, then not letting them out of jail could help people live longer.
In conclusion, the death penalty should be abolished because the inmates may suffer a long painful death, they may be too young, and the people who are on death row may not actually be the killers they were arrested for. In my opinion, and many others, no one deserves to die.
"Too Young to Die?." Teen Newsweek. Dec. 15 2003: 7+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 21 Feb. 2014.
"Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?." New York Times Upfront (Vol. 140, No. 7). Dec. 10 2007: 28. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 21 Feb. 2014.