Saturday, May 03, 2014

That Oklahoma Execution

Nine times out of ten I disagree with columnist Eugene Robinson. I agree with this recent commentary on the supposed botched execution in Oklahoma:

"I would argue that there’s no reason to believe lethal injection is a more humane way to end a life than electrocution, poison gas, hanging, firing squad or even guillotine. Of course, we’ll never know. We can tell ourselves any story we want about how quickly and painlessly death arrived, and the one person who could prove us wrong will never speak again."

I've wrote here before I'm generally against the death penalty. Robinson is spot on. Only in America do we quibble over the means by which we kill people. If you want to kill someone, the old ways worked fine.

Along that same line, the San Francisco Chronicle's Debra Saunders points out the irony of the messed up execution being the end result of efforts by death penalty opponents.
This fellow from the Center for a Stateless Society points out it wasn't a "botched" execution. It was a failed experiment. He also proposes more simple ways of killing someone.


At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm always hearing about the need for blood - like for blood banks, not vendettas - so, why not drain all the blood out of the criminal. It's painless and might actually be used for something good. Could even give the criminal to be executed a choice: Give blood, or,(fill in the blank).
Only thing needed is make sure blood isn't contaminated. It's now a 30 minute test to fill out before you can make a regular donation these days. Jeesh


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