In most states, the members of an execution team are correctional officers that have been brought together for the purpose of preparing an inmate for his or her lawful execution. In some states, a prison staff member performs the executioner duty ... injecting pre-filled syringes into an intravenous line, throws the switch on an electric chair, etc. In other states, those duties are performed by trained personnel.
Most of the members of this discussion board are supporters of the death penalty. We have a few opponents as well, and that allows for a good discussion of the topic at hand.
Please know that I do support the death penalty and I'm not going soft on you all, but the question that begs to be asked is this: Would you be willing to be the one that carries out the process of causing a condemned prisoner's death in an execution? In other words, would you be willing to be the proverbial executioner?
In most states, the corrections department does not draw volunteers from the general public to perform this duty. They are always either correctional officers, or people with training to carry out the duty, and in a few states; the warden is statutorily required to serve as the executioner.
In answering my own question, I would have to honestly say that I could not perform the duties of an executioner. I just couldn't see myself taking someone else's life; even though I would be carrying out a lawful court order and upholding the laws of the state in doing so.
Again, I do support the death penalty, but as a born again Christian, I would have a very hard time with being the guy who does the deed.