By now most have heard about the murderer who was supposed to be executed but instead died from a heart attack in the execution chamber. Some are calling for an end of the “barbaric” practice of capital punishment. But is this a good reason?
Agreed, this particular incident should have been prevented, but it isn’t the ordinary way an execution goes down. So should we judge the entire system by the exception rather than the rule?
What real significance to the institution of capital punishment does this incident pose? Why do we use this case to control the direction of the discussion?