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The Death Penalty: Lethal Gas Is A Legal Way To Kill Vile Criminals

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Dying painfully is unconstitutional but there is a way to die pain free and yet, we have to use it while delivering the death penalty to inmates. Imagine a death row inmate that was sentenced to life for murdering a small family. Even though the convict should die painfully, we cannot enforce that in the United States legally. If the government wants the inmates to die pain free then we shall give it to them in the best way. A good percentage of the general population would prefer a death row inmate get served the death penalty rather than have their taxes go to feeding, housing, etc. the individual. As there are a million ways to kill an inmate, there are five forms of the death penalty, and one should be the dominant killing process: lethal gas.
The death penalty has quite the history from the 1870s to present day. Starting back in 1874, four states had begun to allow the death penalty. The timeline of executions would start with lynching inmates then follow to electrocution, lethal gas, lethal injection, and finally, a firing squad. Electrocution was adopted first by New York in 1888 as imposed by Thomas Edison. Multiple states had begun using electrocution as the key method of killing an inmate after 1913. In some prisons around the United States, convicts were allowed to choose their method of execution. Lethal gas has been used since 1924 when "Nevada is the first state to adopt lethal gas as an execution method following the use of poisonous gas in WWI, and execute Gee Jon for murder in a specially designed chamber" (“Capital Punishment Timeline”) Lethal injection was produced after lethal gas in attempt to "free" the inmate from pain. (Adoption date sentence)
Inmates have received a punishment of being hung since 1840. Hangings are followed through by an inmate having a manila rope that has been soaked in water around their neck. Hangings occur as an inmate is placed on top of a collapse board and a button is pushed on the warden's command. As the button is pushed, the collapse board falls through the floor and the inmate falls through the open space. Inmates could have a good chance of being strangled to death when the purpose was to be hung. With every execution, there is a certain way to obtain death. When being hung, there has to be a certain amount of force to break the convict’s neck. “The “drop” must be based on the prisoner’s weigh, to deliver 1260 foot_pounds of force to the neck” (Methods of Execution 1). To apply this force to the part of the neck that would be dislocated, the soaked rope must be placed behind the prisoners ears and must be tight. If the rope was not placed on the right spot of the neck, the inmate could fall through the collapse board, not break his/her neck and be left to strangle to death.
No inmate should have to go through the torture of a Firing Squad. A firing squad is a group of certified individuals that shoot at one or more inmates to kill them. Typically, a firing squad consists of three to...

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