Thursday, June 30, 2011

Just Put Them To Sleep

I am a proponent of the death penalty. It seems that if one commits a heinous crime then they should pay the ultimate price. You know; little things like murder, treason and terrorist activity would apply. I have been wondering why there are those that continue to bray that "lethal injection' is cruel and unusual punishment. They point out that the criminal does indeed feel pain and that pain appears to be excruciating. Perhaps.  A child murderer's pain is no concern of mine frankly.  Bring back old Sparky or the hangman.

 Of course that is not going to happen anytime soon.

Recently I had to put and animal "to sleep" which is something that all of us who are animal lovers probably have gone through at one time or another. It is a sad day when one has to say good bye to a friend but I have noticed that on the three occasions where "I witnessed an execution" that the animal appeared to feel no pain. If there was any it was very very short lived. In fact in a matter of a second or three they are on the cosmic journey. Why can't some chemical concoction be applied to those who receive the ultimate penalty that puts them away that fast? It can't be that difficult I would not think. That might silence the "cruel and unusual punishment" fruit loops somewhat.

Or not.


Jayhawk said...

The only problem I have with the death penalty is its irreversability. If a person is wrongfully sentenced to life in prison he can be released when new evidence proves him innocent. If he is wrongfully put to death, what do you do when he is later found the be innocent? Wrongful conviction happens, and it is not all that rare.

Bartender Cabbie said...

That is a good point and something to consider. There would have to be no "reasonable doubt" of guilt before a person is put to death by a state. It needs to go beyond reasonable doubt. It has to be a "no doubt possible" situtation.

Jayhawk said...

Yeah, that is the present standard; "beyond reasonable doubt". And still the wrong person gets convicted, and the conviction withstands multiple appeals before turning out later, fortuitously, to be erroneous. If that was a freakish, "once-in-a-lifetime" occurrence, I would be less concerned, but it happens fairly frequently in convictions for very serious crimes.