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Lethal Injection, etc.

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:08 GMT

Author: James Flagg
Position: Sales
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Submitted Date: April 24, 2007
Published Date: April 30, 2007
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I have no love for capital punishment, nor do I dislike it. It is one of the things that must be done in society as penalty for those that behave "outside the box".

What I want to know is, why does it matter to anyone how "humane" it is? Arguing over which method is least painful, least cruel, or least offensive is just plain wasting time. Did the victims of the person being executed get a say in how they were killed? Did it really matter at the time to anyone involved besides the killer? Most states don't execute people for good behavior, so why does it matter how it feels to the prisoner? They got themselves where they are today, and I could give a rip less how they die. Public execution is starting to look good again. Gallows, firing squad... matters not the method. America has become desensitized to violence, what's it matter how it's done. Just get it done and quit whining about how.

Why is it that when any small group finds fault with the way things are done, it's a tragedy amongst us all, and we find a way to change things to shut them up?

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