I like to gauge arguments that justify my own POV on the basis of how comfortable I would feel using said argument on someone who does not share my POV.thoreau wrote:If it's hard to get people to agree to do it, and hard to find a method that satisfies everyone's moral sensibilities, maybe that's telling us something....Painboy wrote:From what I have read on it, getting killed by a firing squad was often seen as too honorable a death for a criminal, strange as that may sound to modern ears. There is also the psychological concern of the executioners being made to shoot someone in cold blood. It's quite different than simply flipping a switch.
Of course not having executions would solve both problems.
Everyone seems to want an execution method whereby an executioner makes the most minimal of motions and then the condemned man's eyes promptly shut as his body goes completely limp and the heart monitor flatlines. If that is the only way that people will accept killing other people, well, that actually speaks well of us in a way. And if it's impossible to do that, maybe that's telling us something.
And on that basis, this one fails fairly miserably, sorry.
For one thing, maybe it means we're just being wimps about it.
More significantly, it would leave me very vulnerable to similar arguments that have been advanced in opposition to legal abortion.