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  •  Dumbest reasoning ever. (5+ / 0-)

    Can't find a replacement for your lethal injection drug?  Just bring back a firing squad/gallows/Ol' Sparky.  God knows you don't have to worry about bullets/rope/electrical connections expiring -- just those you use them on.

    I've always been a bit unnerved by the attempt to make the state's killing of people clinical and 'nice,' obscuring the actual violence being done.

    •  Yeah, I don't know what wrong with firing squads (0+ / 0-)

      I don't even think the "nice" methods are nicer.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 04:45:48 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah if it were me, I think I'd rather be shot (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm not so sure lethal injection is painless. A well placed bullet would be instant and I doubt you'd feel a thing.

        Of course, we can just get rid of capital punishment altogether like nearly every civilized nation.

        "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

        by yg17 on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 04:49:52 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but the 'nice' methods (0+ / 0-)

        let those in the execution party feel better about themselves.

        Personally, if we're going to have the state doing violence against a person, I say let it show on their corpse.  Maybe it will show more people what a terrible thing it is, and turn them against it.  As I understand it, with lethal injection, you generally don't even get a twitching corpse to upset you.

        •  Sounds like you've been reading Foucault. (0+ / 0-)

          Or you should. That account of the death of Damiens (who was executed for attempting to kill one of the kings of France in the mid-18th century by being drawn and quartered, the last time France used that method) at the beginning of Discipline and Punish is memorably gory. So gory, in fact, that I heard Foucault took it out of later versions of the book because he was embarrassed by it.

          •  Heh. (0+ / 0-)

            No, I haven't read that one, but it looks like an interesting read; it's going on my 'read if I'm ever in the mood for it' list. ;)  

            An important point I'd like to make is that the execution should be as fast and painless as possible for the one being executed.  I am against torture in all circumstances, and the death penalty too, except in the most extreme of cases.  

            On the other hand ... as I said above, I don't believe in insulating the State and the State's agents from the effects of their exercise of its power, nor the public at large.  I would like to see the Governor of whatever state is executing people to be the one personally responsible for the execution -- that is, the man at the switch, at the trapdoor lever, or manning one of the rifles.  

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