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The Guillotine The Electric Chair
Debate Score:43
Arguments:31
Total Votes:46
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Which Machine Is Has A More Humane Method Of Execution?

 

The Guillotine

Side Score: 22
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The Electric Chair

Side Score: 21
3 points

this isn't about the french this is about humanity and beheading takes a shorter time so you dint feel as much pain

Side: The Guillotine
ChuckHades(3198) Disputed
2 points

I'll have you know it's all about the damn French! Go back to your cheese and wine monsieur!

Side: The Electric Chair
2 points

the guillotine is a method to scare the person and also scare them so it is a method of a corresponding activity to execute better and it also kills faster and revativly funnier.

Side: The Guillotine
1 point

I have to agree, but have no personal knowledge that the Guillotine seems to be more humane!

Side: The Guillotine
1 point

The guillotine is more Humane it kills you in less then a second and you feel little or no pain. But the electric chair the time your on it depends on voltage and would be very painful

Side: The Guillotine
1 point

The electric chair is just for the entertainment those who are inflicting the pain. The guillotine is quick, easy to use and there is a lot less screaming.

The guillotine doesn't (admittedly) keep things in one piece, but realistically, who is actually going to care what happens to a dead body?

Side: The Guillotine

The guillotine rarely decapitated on the first try. However, its original goal was to make death quick. But it was also used for a public executions, a "performance"...

The electric chair is most often used for torture. But when used for execution, the person is tortured until he dies.

Therefore, I say the guillotine and the electric chair are equally inhumane.

Side: The Guillotine
Nikar(27) Disputed
1 point

How can you say that the guillotine is inhumane and rarely decapitates on the first try?

It's a heavy steel blade at a free fall towards a human neck, as long as the guillotine is in good shape( oiled, sharpened and clean)the blade will drop unhindered from a high hight.

So in good conditions the guillotine would make a clean cut through or between vertebrates. In your defense the efficiency statistics during the French revolution and the aftermath of that probably don't look very good but that's probably due to poor maintenance between executions and not due to a flaw in the guillotines design.

You have to keep in mind the massive amounts of "conspirators" that were executed during that time period and that their remains could get wedged and stuck in the mechanisms and the executioner wouldn't bother to properly prepare it for the next execution.

Side: The Guillotine
1 point

I believe it's faster. It's also partially a personal feeling, I'd rather have my head cut off than to be killed by electricity. You can't live without a head, but you can survive an electric shock and die later in excruciating pain.

Side: The Guillotine
casper3912(1581) Clarified
1 point

http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/nervous-system/10-brain-myths6.htm

The above is a interesting article about how for a few seconds there is a possibility that you will still be alive after being beheaded, with extreme pain.

Side: The Guillotine
1 point

Easy. Here's the definition of humane, just in case there's any confusion.

1. Having or showing compassion or benevolence.

2. Inflicting the minimum of pain.

Definition #2 clearly fits with this side. Definition #1 is sort of taken care of by #2.

With the guillotine there would be very little pain and it would be very quick. Obviously quicker than the chair.

But there would be lots of blood which makes it barbaric and it's obviously more dramatic. So one could argue that it wouldn't give the subject dignity. But I'm of the opinion that pain trumps all in this situation.

The main thing I'm worried about is fear. It would be quick and nearly painless yes but the fear during the seconds leading up to it might be worse than the pain. But one could say the same thing about the electric chair.

Side: The Guillotine
3 points

Humane? Obviously the guillotine because, like everyone already stated, one does not feel pain. Righteous? Electric chair. If a man has caused so much destruction in his life to deserve a death sentence, then he hates himself enough where a painless beheading could be desired. On the contrary, the electric chair lets him feel some redemption for the pain and destruction he caused others. Maybe not on a fully equal basis, but it's a start.

Side: The Electric Chair
2 points

Agreed. If you were to execute someone for mudering someone, they should feel the pain that comes with the electric chair. But Humane, guillotine.

Side: The Electric Chair
Micmacmoc(2260) Disputed
1 point

The question is: "What Machine has a more humane method of Execution". No Righteous, humane.

Side: The Guillotine
2 points

Simply because I hate the French, I'm on this side .

Side: The Electric Chair

lol why hate them .

Side: The Guillotine
2 points

I'm British, of course I hate the French, the cheese eating surrender monkeys.

Side: The Guillotine
1 point

Experiments conducted in France in the early 19th century showed that the head lives on after having been severed from the body. I'm not so familiar with the effects the Chair has on people, but I should imagine that the guillotine is worse.

Side: The Electric Chair
1 point

actually the reason it is alive is because of the pressure which keeps the blood circulating around the brain. I would not think it was painful and any ways they managed to fix it.

Side: The Guillotine