Letter: Death penalty is barbaric
The most often articulated rationale for keeping the death penalty is to prevent murder or punish murderers.
Execution is murder. Premeditated, at that. The death penalty is not a deterrent. There is still risk that it will mistakenly be used to end the life of an innocent person. And it models that, under certain circumstances, it is okay to kill another human being.
Is it any wonder that citizens of the many countries who abolished the death penalty decades ago sometimes think of us as barbaric?