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Posted on 05/01/2014 11:56:15 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
US states may go back to electric chair and firing squads
Shortage of drugs for lethal injections leads states to consider alternative methods of executing prisoners
By Raf Sanchez, Washington
6:42PM BST 01 May 2014
US states may revert to killing their death row inmates with electric chairs, firing squads and gas chambers as it becomes increasingly difficult to source chemicals for lethal injections.
The EU has banned the export of one of the most common sedatives used in lethal injections, forcing US states to experiment with new "cocktails" of drugs for executions.
One such experimental recipe was used in the botched execution of an Oklahoma prisoner on Tuesday, leaving him to writhe in pain and die of a massive heart attack 43 minutes after being injected.
The shortage of execution drugs, coupled with fears the courts may intervene to ban experimental methods of lethal injection, have prompted states to look at alternative ways to kill prisoners.
Tennessee's legislature has passed a bill that would reintroduce the electric chair if the state was unable to find drugs for lethal injections.
The state's Republican governor is still weighing whether to sign it into law.
Missouri is considering a proposal to reintroduce both firing squads and gas chambers if it becomes impossible to carry out a lethal injection.
Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Centre, said the laws were intended as symbols by conservative politicians of their commitment to the death penalty.
"It's about being even more blatant than the anti-death penalty side. To see this as a rational process is to miss the harshly divisive political atmosphere that produces these things," he said.
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I like that. Good one...
They’ll never come up with the right solution because there’s no right way to do the wrong thing.
Question: Do veterinarians have any trouble getting drugs to euthanize sickly dying animals?
Question: Do drugs in question 1 have any trouble working on humans, albeit, with appropriate dosages?
I have a question: If people think Dr. Kevorkian kills people in a noble way, then they can’t say that’s unacceptable for the death penalty?
To see this as a rational process is to miss the harshly divisive political atmosphere that produces these things,”
Murder isn’t political.
IT’S ABOUT TIME! All of these touchy feely, feel good executions are starting to piss me off. A little suffering is good for the soul.
Nonsense. Some people just need killing. Those that do don’t deserve to be coddled through it. A firing squad is still more humane that the way most of them brutalized their victims.
Yes, I *am* from Texas... why do you ask?
That POS buried his Victim while She was STILL ALIVE!!!
He got off easy.
SO STFU brit press!
He would have taken a LOT longer to die if I was running the show...
If it weren’t for the executioner’s job to implement, I’d like to see people executed the same way, over the same length of time they killed their victims.
I will also admit that I wouldn’t mind all that much if they made it 10x as violent and painful.
Let the little gang bangers give that a thought...
I propose the H-SATS method of execution. What you do is strap the criminal in a chair in a sound proof room that has giant speakers in it and you play “Hillarys Sick and Tired Speech” until the criminal is dead. Yes I know I know, it may be cruel and unusual punishment, but the extreme torture only lasts a couple seconds until the extreme irritation knocks out the criminal and then stops his heart. Here is a sample if you are interested:
*WARNING* EXTREMELY HARMFUL SOUND
“I have a question: If people think Dr. Kevorkian kills people in a noble way, then they cant say thats unacceptable for the death penalty?”
It’s a good point but the opposition will say it is against the person’s will.
Motto of Fabian Socialists like George Bernard Shaw.
Which is true. I am just addressing the claims that it is not, “humane.”
why do we not just put a mask or sealed helmet on them and pump in nitrogen in small volumes until unconscious then increase volume until dead. Should take about 4-5 minutes tops.
The firing squad is good. But what’s wrong with the rope?
Works for me.
It would be great training for the sniper at 600-1000 meters. Those card board targets are not very realistic donchano. Always remember...."Train like you fight!"
“If people think Dr. Kevorkian kills people in a noble way, then they cant say thats unacceptable for the death penalty?”
Sort of like the militant anti-smokers working on passing legalization of marijuana.
Capital punishment - yet another thing the Government constantly screws up.
I can think of much more creative ways of capital execution for such monsters.
9ft tall, 3 ft in diameter plastic tube with spray nozzles straying a fine mist of salty lemon juice. On the bottom a giant micro toner that removes .1 millimeter layers running constantly. Tube is lubricated with a slick lubricant.
Let gravity do the work... may take a while...
I would play through the death chamber loudspeakers those endless radio ad phone numbers:
“Call 1-800-228-3647....that’s 1-800-228-3647....again, 1-800-228-3647....1-800-228-3647....that’s 1-800-228-3647....”
On & on & on until they croak. May take hours.
“Because there’s no right way to do the wrong thing.”
Everyone is entitled to their opinion,but never expect me and a lot of people here to agree with you.
I have, in the past, had to put down a couple of pets. I refused to pay someone to do it for me. CO2 and CO are easy, trivially easy, to manufacture. Kills painlessly.
Well, actually, looking at it from that standpoint, it’s a great point.
The idea being that people who are willing to accept euthanasia should be willing to realize that lifelong incarceration vs euthanasia is a viable argument. There have been some prisoners who prefer it, and are ‘eligible’.
I think in a way it would have been better if it really was like that gif...just keep him boinging up and down in perpetuity.
Either is okay with me. Be generous, give the condemned a choice. I don't see why we couldn't go a bit more sci-fi, though. An remotely-activated version of the Futurama "suicide booth" would work. Or one of those big lasers that we spend megabucks developing but never turn into a viable military weapon. Zot!
There's a strong argument that the death penalty is unjust and does more harm than good.
That’s a whole lot of rope they have coiled up there.
Deny them food and water. We’re told it is “peaceful,” “beautiful,” and/or “free of pain.”
Love, Michael Schiavo’s lawyer
Many moons ago and in a far away land a death penalty was administered to criminals in the same manner they administered death to their victims.
Hopefully you never have to endure the pain of having one of these pieces of human garbage kill someone close to you. But f you do, please don’t complain too much. Because one of the purposes of capital punishment is to act as a deterrent to others.
Since you do not wish to have others so deterred, you are contributing to the problem, not part of the solution.
You are entitled to your beliefs. And I am entitled to mine.
Death Penalty - 0% Recidivism rate.
Heavy duty rubber bag over their head, whack them with a Louisville slugger a few times, takes about fifteen seconds. Much cheaper.
Just not a good and convincing argument.
Doesn't the buildup of CO2 cause the panic response?
I guess one right way would be to return to the Biblical solution, stoning.
I can go for that too.
That all said, if it's going to be done. Firing squad or a bullet in the back of the head. Quick and easy.
Do you live in the south/southwest?
“Some people just need killing” was/is a common phrase used by country people like my relatives when I was a kid-and the people referred to were those who had committed murder-just a variation of an eye for an eye-and my family members are not socialists-Fabian or otherwise.
Use Heroin. Junkies OD all the time.
Just get a rope, dead is dead no matter how it gets there! The wait for the trap door has to be a tremendous burden in a black hood!
Same for you my FRiend. But for the loved one's of the victim, vengeance will never take away the hurt. Only forgiveness will.
Because one of the purposes of capital punishment is to act as a deterrent to others.
Although that is a stated purpose, CP as a deterrent is not supported by incontrovertible evidence - ie. it's debatable.
contributing to the problem, not part of the solution
IMO, CP is more of a problem and does more damage than it is is a "solution."
You are entitled to your beliefs. And I am entitled to mine.
That's a good attitude.
Against their will? So is life imprisonment. A death row inmate is not allowed to exercise their will much
It should not be that hard to find drugs that render people unconcious.