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What about the executioners?

Posted by MZGruba on 20 Sep 2011 at 23:58 GMT

I understand this is an old topic, however a particular point of view seems to have been missed.

I in general have no great difficulty with the idea of the death penalty. There are some crimes for which society must punish in an ultimate fashion, especially when the perpetrators prove an unwillingness to reform.

However, my great concern is, who has to carry out this punishment, and what damage does it confer upon them? In his book "On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society", Dave Grossman submits that great psychological harm is done to most humans when they are required to kill other humans. Surely more emphasis needs to be given to those who have to live with the experience of carrying out(or even observing) execution, so that we do not cause more damage to society than we seek to repair in the very act.

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