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Debating the Death Penalty
  1. Last week, the execution by lethal injection of a convicted murderer in Arizona took nearly two hours, reigniting a national debate over the death penalty and its constitutionality. Who are the men in the cartoon, and what are they doing?
  2. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution protects against “cruel and unusual punishments.” What’s ironic about what the men in the cartoon are saying?
  3. What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
  4. More than two thirds of the countries in the world and 18 U.S. states have abolished the death penalty, while 32 U.S. states still allow it. What might be some arguments for and against using the death penalty?
  5. Do you think the death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment? Why or why not?