What Do You Think Of The Death Penalty?

  1. The united states has just executed the 1000th person today. Is that such a great achievement? I am against the death penalty because very often its some black person facing the death penalty ( in the usa), and i dont think we have the right to take life. as nurses, does believeing in the death penalty present any contradiction in principles? considering that we are life-givers. and why do they use sterile needles during a lethal injection anyway?
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    A very timely but controversial topic. This subject provokes strong feelings, both pro and con. In order to discuss it on this board, the posts need to stay on target. Thanks.
  4. by   Bipley
    Quote from KCIN
    The united states has just executed the 1000th person today. Is that such a great achievement? I am against the death penalty because very often its some black person facing the death penalty ( in the usa), and i dont think we have the right to take life. as nurses, does believeing in the death penalty present any contradiction in principles? considering that we are life-givers. and why do they use sterile needles during a lethal injection anyway?
    Personally I think it is a greater punishment to sit in prison for the rest of one's days. I don't have strong opinions on CP one way or another.

    As for a sterile needle, have you ever attempted to start an IV with a used kit? I haven't, don't think I'd want to try either.
  5. by   kwagner_51
    I strongly support the death penalty. A friend of mine's daughter was kidnapped, raped, and suffocated by a white male in 1987. He was sentence to death. There was an eyewitness, another female captive who managed to escape. She described what this man did to his victim.

    He duct-taped her mouth shut and poured super-glue into her nose. Raping her over and over until she died. She left behind a 2 y/o son, her parents, and several brothers and sisters.

    Where is the justice for the victim and her family? Where is the justice for a little boy who will NEVER get a hug from his mother? Where is the justice for me? I do not want to pay so his sorry a** can be fed, clothed, sheltered and so he can get an education.

    I paid for my education with sweat, blood and tears. He gets his free at my expense!!

    I have absolutely NO PROBLEMS killing convicted murderes. I was on the Indiana death row site. There are 22 convicted men and women on death row right now. Of those 22 ONLY 4 are black!!

    Here is the link:

    http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/rownew.htm

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    In His Grace,

    Karen

    Failure is NOT an option!!
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Karen - I'm so sorry about your friend's daughter.

    I too believe in the death penalty for exactly the reasons you stated.

    steph
  7. by   sjb2005
    I ride the fence on this issue. I could not personally be involved in the death of another person purposefully. However, I have not been in any situation that would envoke me to support it. I'm ok if the death penalty exists. I hope I am never in the situation to choose. I always choose life...and let a higher authority do the judgement and punishment.
  8. by   UM Review RN
    I do not believe in the death penalty because of my religious convictions.

    I believe that a Life Without Parole sentence is far more effective. If the perp is truly innocent, there's time to prove it. If the perp repents, he has time to live a better life--even if it is behind bars. If the perp is neither and does nothing, we cannot say that he wasn't given every opportunity to absolve himself of his crimes.

    For those of you who are Christian, I urge you to consider that Moses was a murderer before he was a priest (the Egyptian), King David was a murderer as a king (Uriah, Bathsheba's husband), and Saul admitted to many murders of innocent people when he approved their stoning.

    I believe that God allowed Cain to live in order to give him plenty of time to repent and turn back to the Lord. That God is angered and upset by murder is evident throughout the Bible, and He states in several places that He will punish murderers.

    JMO, but His justice is infallible. He'll never get the wrong guy.


    You may or may not buy into my beliefs, but I felt it important to outline why I believe as I do.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from shellyjellybelly
    I ride the fence on this issue. I could not personally be involved in the death of another person purposefully. However, I have not been in any situation that would envoke me to support it. I'm ok if the death penalty exists. I hope I am never in the situation to choose. I always choose life...and let a higher authority do the judgement and punishment.
    I would recuse myself from a jury if the death penalty were a possibility. I chose med-surg as a new nurse because I didn't want to face the possibility of participating in an abortion. (It was the VA where to my knowledge they dodn't do abortions). I just didn't want to be limited to Catholic hospitals.
    I think it is not moral to take a life except in self defense.

    When a killer is put to death I am not at all bothered. I truly feel some innocent have been wrongly convicted.
    I can easily care for and feel kindness toward a woman who has had an abortion.

    I think any adult who is convicted of sexual abuse of a child under 12 must never have access to children again. That means incarceration.
    A man here was just arrested for kidnapping and raping two little girls. He was convicted of the same in 1983 with a 16 year sentence. Sorry. It is a tragedy to let these sick people out.

    I have my own actions planned. Cannot tell others what the believe.
  10. by   VeryPlainJane
    I don't know how I would feel if someone I loved was murdered. I too would probably want he/she to die, too. But as a Christian I would find it very difficult to live with knowing that Jesus was also givin the death penalty. It seems that every year there are a handful of people that were on death row that turned out to be innocent of the crime. It's a sad thing all around.
  11. by   mercyteapot
    Mixed feelings here. Like you, my primary objection is that it isn't evenly applied. Those put to death are most often poor and black... people who haven't had many of society's advantages, and often don't receive the most vigorous defense. OTOH, there are people like David Westerfield and Scott Peterson- upper middle class white men who grew up with every advantage, and proceeded to commit their heinous acts. It is hard to work up any good rationale for keeping those 2 alive. And yet, isn't that hypocritical of me? The concern that an innocent man will be executed lingers as well, although with improved DNA testing and other forensic tools, hopefully those cases will be fewer and farther between as the years go by.
  12. by   Roy Fokker
    That innocent poeple get convicted says something wrong about the justice system - not about the death penalty.

    How is it any better to wrongfully incarcerate a man for life and have him die in jail than it is to wrongfully kill him?

    Although I am loath to grant the power over someones life to the State, some crimes deserve death.
  13. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    That innocent poeple get convicted says something wrong about the justice system - not about the death penalty.

    How is it any better to wrongfully incarcerate a man for life and have him die in jail than it is to wrongfully kill him?

    Although I am loath to grant the power over someones life to the State, some crimes deserve death.
    It isn't any better for a man to be incarcerated unjustly if he does die in prison, but they don't always die. Some of them are proven innocent, and live to see freedom. And yes, the flaw is with the justice system, but with the death penalty as well, given its finality.
  14. by   Tweety
    I've been comtemplating this since yesterday in fact. A case locally: Joseph P. Smith, the drug-addicted mechanic whose kidnapping, rape and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia became a source of national outrage, should be put to death for his crime, a jury concluded Thursday night.http://www.sptimes.com/2005/12/02/Ta...ath_for_.shtml

    Mom say's " "He couldn't be dead fast enough for me." I totally understand her feelings. Some people shouldn't be allowed to even rot in a cell for the rest of their lives, they need to die.


    I however, do understanding the objections because the system is very racially biased and unfair in that respect. The statistics prove that.

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