This could prove interesting

In case you haven’t been following the issue, anti-death penalty activists have been pressuring pharmaceutical companies to stop selling the products use to preform lethal injections executions to states that still have the death penalty on the books.

Essentially, states cannot buy items like sodium pentathol from anywhere, foreign or domestic. This is why the last few executions by lethal injection have been botched and made the news a few weeks back. States were mixing up their own lethal cocktails, some of which really make you wonder who taught chemistry to the person doing the mixing.

Of course, the anti-death penalty activists refuse to accept any of the blame for these botched executions, even though the blame stems directly from their actions.

But the Sooner State has a better idea, in case the case in front of the SCOTUS goes against them:

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that approves the use of nitrogen gas for executions in the state. The method, which would effectively asphyxiate death row inmates by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen through a gas mask, is meant to be the primary alternative to lethal injection, The Washington Post reports.

Fallin and other supporters of the procedure say it’s pain-free and effective, noting that the nitrogen would render inmates unconscious within ten seconds and kill them in minutes. It’s also cheap: state representatives say the method only requires a nitrogen tank and a gas mask, but financial analysts say its impossible to give precise figures, the Post reports.

If Oklahoma does get to use nitrogen, I am sure that the activists will go after pressurised gas supplies in short order. If they succeed there, they will then go after rope manufacturers.

The activists already belong to groups that go after manufacturers of ammunition and electricity, so probably not much change there.

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6 Responses to This could prove interesting

  1. Merle says:

    Would a firing squad be cheaper? 🙂


  2. formerly dfwmtx says:

    I think the leftists would prefer that we switch to using the guillotine. Of course they’d prefer to use it on bankers, Wall Street execs, and conservative pundits instead of criminals, but they have little to no problems with that method of execution.

  3. Rick T says:

    Just about any pure gas will work as long as there isn’t any Oxygen in the mix.

    Nitrogen is probably safest since it will just diffuse out. Carbon Dioxide and Argon are both heavier than air and can pool in low spaces…

  4. Rick T says:

    Hell, give them a shot of Valium to put them to sleep and seal a plastic bag over their head and let the CO2 buildup take care of things.

  5. NotClauswitz says:

    Burt Bacharach’s daughter used Nitrous Oxide on herself, went out with a smile.
    I can’t wait until the Anti-Death Penalty brainiacs come up against the Death With Dignity kill-yourself crowd.

  6. Rolf says:

    Go with firing squad. Sell lottery tickets for participation, with steep discount rates for the convict’s victims. First two hundred tickets drawn get to help make sure said convict shuffles off this mortal coil expeditiously upon command to fire. Minimum cartridge must have a muzzle energy of 2,000 ft*pounds. That ought to do the job, though it might need a, ah, trigger warning for the activists.

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