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Firing Squad is the best method of execution

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Started: 3/27/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Liberals

Pro

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Robert_Weiler

Con

A method of execution can be "best" in a number of different ways:

1. Cheapest.
2. Least painful/cruel.
3. Most painful, exacting justice.
4. Fastest/Most efficient.

My job in this debate is simply to show that a firing squad is not the best method of execution. I do not have to show what method is best.

1. Cheapest.

Numerous execution methods are cheaper than a firing squad. Besides the cost of bullets, there is the cost of the salaries of the men on the squad, maintenance of the weapons, repair of the area behind the condemned, etc. Cheaper methods include hanging, decapitation by gulliotine, and drowning.

2. Least painful/cruel.

A firing squad forces the condemned to suffer death by several slugs slamming into his body. Less painful methods include lethal injection preceded by a heavy sedative, or overdose of and opiate.

3. Most painful, exacting justice.

Several exectution methods are more painful than a firing squad including immolation, electricution, beheading by knife, and stoning.

4. Fastest/Most efficient.

This is the standard that the firing squad comes closest to meeting, but still misses the mark. A firing squad relies on the aim of the men on the squad, and they aim for the heart. It is not unheard of for someone to survive the firing squad, or to take several minutes, hours, or days to die. Other methods ensure death comes quickly, for instance, decapitation by gulliotine, or the gas chamber.

I have shown there are methods of execution better than the firing squad by any reasonable measure.
Debate Round No. 1
Liberals

Pro

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Robert_Weiler

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Liberals

Pro

Now a firing squad is: "A firing squad is normally composed of several military personnel or law enforcement officers. Usually, all members of the group are instructed to fire simultaneously, thus preventing both disruption of the process by a single member and identification of the member who fired the lethal shot. To avoid the disfigurement of multiple shots to the head, the shooters are typically instructed to aim at the heart, sometimes aided by a paper target. The prisoner is typically blindfolded or hooded, as well as restrained, although in some cases prisoners have asked to be allowed to face the firing squad without their eyes covered. Executions can be carried out with the condemned either standing or sitting."

Case 1: [http://www.delawareonline.com...]

Case 2: Materials required are readily avalible.

The European Union passed a ban on all EU countries from exporting drugs that are to be used for lethal injection to the United states. This is makes the necessary drugs scarce, and has lead states to experiment and has caused unnecessary suffering in victims like Clayton Lockett and Joesph Wood, Which is a violation of the eighth amendment which protects people from cruel and unusual punishment. Also some doctors consider assisting in lethal injection a violation of the hypocratic oath, so it might be hard to find professionals to carry out the executions. However, guns and ammunition are plentiful and are probably not going anywhere soon, and police officers and Military Personel do not have an oath which prevents them from taking part in executions.

Case 3: Opinion

Why should we put so much work into a clinical professional method of execution when really it is primitive, unprofessional murder? So, on balance, Firing Squad is more raw and blunt, is easier and cheaper to carry out, mateirals and staff are more plentiful, and is easier to carry out if the first attempt fails.
Robert_Weiler

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
Liberals

Pro

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Robert_Weiler

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
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Robert_Weiler

Con

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Unitomic 1 year ago
Unitomic
If you cut it down to 3 rounds, I'll accept.
Posted by Ragnar 1 year ago
Ragnar
By what standard?
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