In Search of the Perfect Killing Machine

america is hard up for a way to kill people. seems unlikely, doesn’t it? what with all the guns we have on the streets you’d think it would be easy to kill someone. and, unfortunately, based on the murder rate, it still is. but when the state wants to kill someone, they’re more likely to go wanting these days.

for decades the electric chair was the tool of choice to kill a convicted criminal, but with the rise of lethal injection, the electric chair, along with other forms of capital punishment fell out of favor. besides, lethal injection just seemed so much more humane, civilized, easy, not gruesome – kind of like when you put down your pet. unfortunately for the states, some recent news stories highlighted the grisly details of executions by lethal injection that went terribly wrong. since lethal injection has been the preferred method of execution for decades now, why has it gone wrong all of the sudden? primarily because drug companies began refusing to supply drugs for lethal injection and compounding pharmacies refused to compound drugs for such purpose not to mention that physicians refused to participate in executions. something about those pesky oaths health professionals take to use their knowledge and skills to heal rather than kill…

a dear friend sent me an article about methods of capital punishment in this country and was astounded to find out that jut recently utah passed a bill mandating firing squads to mete out capital punishment in the event that lethal injection is not available. so, what that means… wait, what?! what?!

are we really living in this kind of a country?

apparently we are.

we are in the business of killing people for crimes for which they were convicted of committing. not necessarily that they actually committed, but for which they were convicted. we all know how fair, unbiased, reasonable and affordable the justice system in america is, right?

look, i’m as much of a revenge seeker as the next person, but i’m not a supporter of the death penalty. death penalty supporters will say that it acts as a deterrent, yet the 18 states without the death penalty have had consistently lower murder rates.

after witnessing some recent verdicts in capital cases along with the work of the innocence project, can we really say with 100% certainty that the person convicted actually did the crime?

so if the death penalty is not a deterrent, then it only serves as revenge, like old testament stuff, eye-for-an-eye all that.

you know, the kind of stuff we’re condemning other nations for.

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