This article provides grisly snapshots of capital punishment in the United States. Despite the gruesome practices described here, the movement to abolish the death penalty continues to gain momentum. Activists and legal firms across the U.S. are working to challenge existing statutes and to exonerate those who have been falsely accused.
The failure to recognize capital punishment as fundamentally inhumane is in itself dehumanizing. What we need now is a defined and active movement to bring about change.
Which brings us to 2014, where we find experts busy with a reconsideration of whether firing squads and hangings need to pulled back until yet another approach can be found. Please. If the long sordid history of the tools of capital punishment has demonstrated anything, it is that there is hesitancy among people to kill—even among executioners. If after all of the centuries we have not yet found the right way to kill each other, perhaps there is no right way. Perhaps it’s the goal—capital punishment—that is morally wrong.