Abolitionists claim that the death penalty does not deter at all. However, vast majority of police around the world need the death penalty for protecting them. Here is a testimony from Officer
In the late 1980s, John Groncki was working as a Baltimore City police officer in the K-9 unit when he came upon four people he believed had just committed an armed robbery.
He followed standard procedure and searched all four men for weapons. Finding none, he continued to follow protocol and called for a transport, which is when the men were searched again.
"I was standing there on the side when all of the suspects were being searched and the one individual was hiding a gun in his crotch area," Groncki said. "The little hairs on the back of my neck started going up when he pulled that gun out of the suspect's pants."
Groncki said he wasn't happy he had missed the gun, but thanked the alleged robber for not killing him.
"He said, 'I ain't going to death row,' " Groncki recalled,”I think that absolutely prohibited him from using that gun on me -- he simply didn't want to go to death row."
While the death penalty may have scared the criminal enough to save Groncki's life, whether or not the death penalty is a deterrent has fueled debates for years in statehouses throughout the United States, and Maryland is no exception.
To make the death penalty deter better, using lethal injection has little deterrent effect because it is a painless. Please use the gallows, hire a Saudi Arabian executioner or use the firing squad (check the weapon) as we want to make death look more frightening and fearful.
French anarchist Auguste Vaillant just before being guillotined in 1894.