By Michael Reagan
So far this year there have been a number of manufactured controversies surrounding the execution of murderers in the U.S. In Oklahoma and Arizona, a great deal of media coverage focused on how long it took the murderers to die after the initial lethal injection.
Frankly, it’s more than a little repulsive how reporters are so concerned about the pain and suffering of a murderer being executed — yet they never have time to compare what the murderer allegedly felt and what their victims endured before they died.
In the case of the Oklahoma execution, if the murderer felt pain, it's nothing compared to the agony the young woman he raped and murdered endured.
Be that as it may, the state of Utah is considering eliminating any chance for pain and suffering when it eliminates murderers. The solution: Go back to the firing squad.
According to a report in The New York Post, Utah called a cease-fire to firing squad executions ten years ago due to concerns about negative media coverage. Instead the state, like many others, began using a three–drug fatal cocktail.
Using drugs was supposed to pacify opposition to cruel and inhumane methods of execution that included hanging, the gas chamber, and the electric chair. Instead, murderers could lie down on a comfy bed in an air–conditioned room, slowly drifting off to a permanent dreamland.
So much for penal system gullibility. As soon as they started using drugs, anti–capital punishment fanatics began working to ban those drugs. They were largely successful. Unable to import the proven, effective drugs, states began experimenting with a variety of less lethal combinations.
Although in the end the new mixtures were effective — the murderer won’t be getting any second chances — these combinations didn’t work as fast and the executed were less than serene.
So Rep. Paul Ray, R–Clearfield, proposes to go back to the firing squad. “We have to have an option,” Ray told reporters Wednesday. “If we go hanging, if we go to the guillotine, or we go to the firing squad, electric chair, you’re still going to have the same circus atmosphere behind it. So is it really going to matter?”
The Chinese certainly have found it a useful method, although I would not imagine the state of Utah will bill families for the bullet, as the Chinese do.
Naturally critics don’t like this either. Going back 135 years they found evidence that Wallace Wilkerson’s execution was marred by lack of accuracy and it took him 27 minutes to die. Utah’s five–man firing squad will no doubt avoid that outcome through the use of numbers.
The fact is there is no pleasing the anti–capital punishment crowd, and it’s futile to try and do so. If the bill passes the legislature in the future murderers will be given a choice in their method of execution, which is more than they gave their victims.
Reagan may be a poster boy for the One Percent, but he is talking good sense about the Death Penalty. Remember, just because his kind are enemies of National Socialism doesn't mean he is wrong about everything and we must disagree on everything.
Reagan is quite right that those people who are whining about lethal injection being cruel and unusual punishment would say that no matter what method was being used. They are just plain against the DP and are objecting to the method of execution to indirectly ban the DP. After all, if every known method is banned as being cruel and unusual, then you can't execute anyone and for all intent and purposes the DP is banned.
For those of you trying to decide whether you think the DP is right or not, the one thing you should not do is put yourself in the place of the condemned. If you don't kill anyone, you won't have to face the DP. I'm sure there are a tiny handful on death row that might be innocent, but I believe it's extremely rare. But still, if you don't kill you won't be killed.
For those who are against the DP, as well as asking yourselves if it is right, you should also consider that it may be even more cruel to lock someone up for life. Prisons can be scary places. They are supposed to be. Maybe some would rather be executed and get it over with.
I remember the part in "Escape From New York" when Kurt Russell is about to enter the New York Prison. He is being guided through processing by lights and arrows and a computer voice. When he gets to the entrance door, the computer tells him to press the red button for instant disintegration, or the green button to enter the prison for life.
In other words, in this future society convicted murderers were allowed to choose for themselves whether to be executed or go to prison for life. Sounds fair to me.