U.S. states could turn to firing squads if execution drugs scarce

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Speaker2 wrote:

I am not for the death penalty, too many ways an innocent person can be convicted. Just surprised they are not using heroin as a method instead of a firing squad.

Jan 17, 2014 9:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ProDP wrote:

Firing squad is perhaps the one method that requires more skill on the part of the executioner than hanging, only except that thin margin between success and failure is distorted when 6+ individuals are required to participate. This idea can only end badly, if it even makes it past the supreme court. I have a better idea that I feel better conforms with modern standards of decency, and could even be cheaper than firing squads: Nitrogen Asphyxiation, or Inert Gas Asphyxiation (look it up on Wikipedia). The medical evidence of accidental deaths, Controlled human testing and near deaths is very well documented and understood. In the case of accidental deaths, it is apparent that most of the victims are completely unaware they are suffocating, they simply collapse, likely not knowing what happened to them.

Jan 18, 2014 3:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bugzy wrote:

What about hanging? Ropes are very cheap compared to guns + bullets or execution drugs. Hang them only if they confess and choose death over life in jail with no parole. I think the bad criminals with no hope of parole would choose the noose than die a lifer.

Jan 18, 2014 7:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
euro-yank wrote:

Wonder how long until the NRA jumps on this bandwagon.

Jan 19, 2014 2:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
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