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April 21, 2017

Why Does America Have So Much Difficulty Executing Murderers?

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch helped an Arkansas murderer meet his Maker by breaking a tie vote to allow the execution.
In what will undoubtedly be a memorable first major tie-breaking vote as a Supreme Court Judge, Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote last night to allow Arkansas to begin executing a group of 8 death-row inmates. The decision came after attorneys for the State of Arkansas sought an expedited process to allow for the executions to proceed before their lethal-injection drugs expire at the end of April.
The "Kill You" drugs used by Arkansas were about to expire? Wha? Don't they have veterinarians in Arkansas?

The drug most commonly used by veterinarians to euthanize a dog is phenobarbital, an anti-seizure medication that in a large dosage will stop the heart and brain function in about two minutes.
Done.
And it costs anywhere from $50 to $150 per injection. If the murder victim is related to a veterinarian, I bet it will be done gratis.

Sleep and Dream, Sweet Prince, As We Boot Your Ass Into Eternity

Arkansas used a Cocktail O'Death using three ingredients:
Midazolam, the drug used to make inmates unconscious before two more drugs paralyze and kill them, does not effectively prevent a painful death. The second drug, pancuronium bromide, paralyzes the inmate. The third, potassium chloride, brings on cardiac arrest and stops the heart.
The cost of these cocktails has risen sharply; last year the American Pharmacists Association refused to participate in executions. As there are relatively few executions in the US the cost of these chemicals has increased from $500 per vial to over $1,000. We really need to talk to the veterinarians.

There is yet another avenue to achieve low cost, painless executions. About $30 worth of street heroin will blissfully place the murderer in the arms of Morpheus, forever.

13 comments:

LL said...

In Utah, it's a choice between hanging and a firing squad. Rope can be re-used (or I would donate rope for any state if it came to that - out of my own pocket). A dollar costs .50, thus a firing squad of 7 (one blank) is a $3.00 problem.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Send then to running with the bulls wearing red lead outfits.

sig94 said...

LL - 50 cents a round? Ammo is ridiculous. Years ago I bought 1K rounds of 5.56mm for $149. Since the idiots passed the SAFE Act in NY I can no longer buy bulk ammo from the internet.

sig94 said...

Odie - I'd rather smear them with gravy and run them with the wolves.

Doom said...

Just do public hangings, pay-per-view... right from home. I'll bet the state could make back every penny they spent housing these monsters. What can I say, I'm a capitalist at heart... cold as it might seems it keeps the world afloat.

Kid said...

I'm all for bringing old sparky back or hanging, but yea, that won't fly so heroine overdose I guess.

GOODSTUFF said...

The state has a right to kill people...

LL said...

...with extreme prejudice, Goodstuff - with extreme prejudice.

sig94 said...

Doom - I think the last public execution in the US was in the 1890's. Lots of interest in those back then. Women fainting, vendors hawking their wares, children running about. A real family affair.

sig94 said...

Kid - yes, it's not called capital deterrence. The deterrence effect falls upon those who see the felon's heels kicking as they swing to and fro. Or smell the burnt hair...

sig94 said...

Goodstuff - people now think that the state only has the right to give them free stuff.

sig94 said...

LL - extremely extreme prejudice.

LL said...

Ammo costs in the Empire State are insane. I'm sure that you could cross the border into Vermont and pick up something at a reasonable price.

My thinking was that since the government buys ammo in bulk, they could knock the price of an execution below $3.00. Maybe $2.50. No expensive medication, no reusable rope (the cheapest option if you're going to send them all to the hot place) If they're Muslims, dip the bullets in pig fat first and put some ham into Mohammed.