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Posted on 01/29/2014 2:56:36 AM PST by LibloatherEdited on 01/29/2014 2:59:27 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
ST. LOUIS — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.
Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution.
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Just make sure they are dead. -— Cover their mouth with a pillow while they are sleeping.
As much as I distrust the state to put people to death, I also realize we have a lot of vermin who need to be exterminated.
Sounds good to me. I’ve always been partial to the guillotine.
Use .45’s 230 grn, JHP and share 20 gauge loaded with sabots
Be dead right there and then.
You ain’t survivng those loads.
looking at our current national trajectory, I am forced to reconsider my previous position on the death penalty.
I am in favor of the death penalty in certain cases, as long as we are 100% certain we execute the correct person. When it is demonstrated that we executed someone who did not commit the crime, I will be completely opposed to the death penalty ever again being used.
I’m ok with a giant cement bowl and a very large cement ball pushed in at a very high rate of speed
Firing squad- members to be decided by lottery, at $1 a ticket.Proceeds to pay squad’s travel expenses, excess goes to the victim’s family or charity of their choice. Cost to the state- nothing.
With DNA testing foolproof you have almost a 100% chance of getting it right where blood or skin samples have been retrieved from a perp.
Of course not all cases involve perp DNA. And many cases there are no witnesses.
It’s a crap shoot. But fast execution (a year at most...not decades) is need at this time to make execution a deterant.
This is the way they used to do it here. Note the condemned has his back facing the executioner.
Uniquely, Thailand used a single executioner with one stand mounted machine gun per prisoner, to put murderers and drug traffickers to death.
Over 500 people were shot in Thailand between 1937, when shooting replaced beheading and October 2003, when Thailand moved to lethal injection as its sole method of execution.
All those sentenced to death there were held at Bang Kwang maximum security prison, about 20 miles outside Bangkok. The virtually soundproof execution chamber, known as the "Place to Relieve Suffering," contained two wooden crosses and two stand mounted Heckler & Koch 9mm machine guns.
Prisoners were confined in heavy leg irons from the time of sentence to the time of execution, which could be anything from a few weeks to a few years and were told of their fate only hours before they were shot.
On the day of execution, the prisoner was taken from their cell, photographed and fingerprinted. They were then taken to the execution chamber and handcuffed to a cross like wooden frame with their back to the machine gun, four meters behind them. A white cloth blindfold is applied and the hands tied with a sacred Buddhist cord. Flowers are hung from the prisoners hands as an offering to Buddha and a canvas screen is pulled between the condemned and the gun. A target is fixed onto the screen level with the prisoners heart and the gun aimed at the centre of the target. The executioner takes up his position, watching another member of the execution team who raises a red flag, and on the signal from the prison governor, the flag is dropped and the executioner fires a fully automatic burst of 15 rounds into the victims heart.
sounds like just the thing to use on criminal politicians
I am absolutely for the death penalty, when there is physical evidence tying the suspect to the crime.
Without physical evidence, however, we can have a case like that of Tim Masters, who was falsely imprisoned after a kangaroo trial where the prosecutors used weak circumstantial evidence to fabricate a case against him. No murder weapon was found, no blood was found anywhere on his clothes or in his house, there was nothing to tie him to the crime at all. He was imprisoned for 10 years. He has since sued for wrongful imprisonment and received $10 million for it. It’s a shame the taxpayers have to foot the bill for that—as much as possible of that should be taken from the prosecutors who railroaded him.
Electric chairs are green.
Why don’t they look at a different alternative; inert gas asphyxiation.
“After a number of accidents in which humans suffocated in nitrogen without any warning, the suggestion was made in 1995 that hypoxic atmospheres be used for the humane killing of humans.
Execution by nitrogen asphyxiation was discussed briefly in print as a theoretical method of capital punishment in a National Review article, “Killing with kindness capital punishment by nitrogen asphyxiation”.
In a televised documentary in 2007, the British political commentator (and former Member of Parliament) Michael Portillo examined execution techniques in use around the world and found them unsatisfactory; his conclusion was that nitrogen asphyxiation would be the best method.
Nitrogen asphyxiation is not currently used by any government as an execution method.”
It’s worth a look, I’d say.
Complexity should be eliminated.
Hanging is cheap and very effective.
I tried to ask Saddam Hussein but he is very dead.
Public hanging from the village square! The scum will get the message.
"Let's do it."
Last words of Gary Gilmore, January 17, 1977, executed by firing squad, Draper, Utah.
Helium asphyxiation would lead to much funnier last words.
"Wyoming has only one inmate on death row, 68-year-old convicted killer Dale Wayne Eaton."
Yep. It's that whole middle-name-Wayne thing again.