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Kill and Be Killed Poison is injected into the arm of a woman convicted of murder An eighteen-year-old boy takes his last breath as an airtight metal chamber being filled with cyanide gas reaches lethal levels Two thousand jolts of electricity surge through the body of a forty-year-old man who spent the last twenty years of his life locked up in a small steel cage on death row Welcome to American justice Public execution has been established as a means of punishment since Americas beginning and has been a source of great controversy The church has long taken the stance that no man has the right to take a life not even those who claim to do so in righteous justice Others ardently support the right to protect and preserve their peace and safety heralding capital punishment as a successful means to that end One thing however is made clear by the fact that controversy exits at all there is no doubt that its practice raises disturbing moral questions among our society The history of capital punishment in America is interesting in itself In 1893 the first man was put to death in a crude electric chair Although America is not the only country that has implemented electrocution as a means of execution it is the only country to have made regular use of the horrid contraption known as the electric chair In 1921 the Nevada legislature authorized the use of lethal gas as a means of execution The bill called for the condemned man to be executed in his cell without warning while he was asleep On December 7 1982 the first execution by lethal injection was carried out in Texas The prison doctor inspected the sentenced mans veins to assure that they were suitable for the use of a lethal drug but refused to actually give him the shot A medical technician administered the injection Supporters of the death
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