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  1. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    Why don’t they use heroin to execute criminals?
    We know it works and there is plenty of it.
    Millions of people already use it and seem to like it.
    And why not make death row a limited population facility, with only people who are guilty without the least possibility of innocence being there. Once it reaches capacity, the most senior resident would be executed to make room for the new guy, just like in any other utopian population control scheme.

  2. ChevJames007

    ChevJames007 said, 3 days ago

    I was once for the death penalty—until new DNA evidence showed that poor people were getting railroaded in our criminal justice system. Now I can no longer support the death penalty!

  3. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    @BrassOrchid

    How much does a heroin overdose cause the user to suffer?

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 3 days ago

    ZING! Well done.
    The Catholic Church, at least, is consistent in its pro-life stance: it is against the death penalty, euthanasia, and abortion. And, I might add, unnecessary wars.

    I’ve posted this here before, but we are among the few nations in the world who still execute criminals at all, let alone at this rate.
    53% of nations have banned it outright, including 48 of 49 European countries (Belarus is the exception).
    26% technically retain it, but haven’t used it in ten years, don’t carry them out, or have a moratorium
    Only 18% maintain it in law and practice.
    The top ten nations executing in 2013 are, in descending order of number of executions (not corrected for population:
    1. China (thousands)
    2. Iran (369)
    3. Iraq (169)
    4. Saudi Arabia (79)
    5. North Korea (70)
    6. USA (39)
    7. Somalia (34)
    8. Sudan (21)
    9. Yemen (13)
    10. Japan (8)

    If you look at the stats from 2007-2013, the US moves up to fifth place.

    With one exception, this is not the company I want the USA to keep. Says a lot, doesn’t it?

    Sources:
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/datablog/2014/mar/27/death-penalty-statistics-2013-by-country
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use_of_capital_punishment_by_country

  5. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, 3 days ago

    @motivemagus

    A truly great post! I personally can not imagine a more harsh criminal penalty than life in prison without even the possibility of a parole. But at least then, if further evidense clears the person so criminalized, at least he/she is stilll alive. Death by any means, is far too permanent to have it administered by the state under any circumstances!


    What is ironic, is that at least some of our more ultra conservatives here that seem to hate any kind of governmental actions still support this type of ultimate governmental action.

  6. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, 3 days ago

    As long as they know they’re safe from it, even if they kill someone. It’s still mostly reserved for poor and minorities.
    Anyway, what happened to the guillotine? Too bloody?

  7. louieglutz

    louieglutz said, 3 days ago

    funny, everybody seems to be ignoring the last panel…

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 3 days ago

    @BrassOrchid

    Why don’t they use simple morphine? I think it is because they find it too coddling for the criminals. After suffering in prison, they want suffering in death too.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 3 days ago

    @motivemagus

    An excellent post! I think you covered it all.
    -
    I am surprised that Japan still kills anyone.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    Firing squad or hanging were the only two methods deemed not “cruel and unusual punishment” by the folks who wrote the Constitution. We need to either go back to those two methods or quit the practice, which makes more sense, actually.


    What’s cruel and unusual about killing a few hundred thousand bystanders so you can hang Saddam Hussein?


    We are a civilized society, right?

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 3 days ago

    @Kaffekup

    Ever look at the history of th guillotine? It was a humane means of state murder. Even the Nazis brought it out to use during the modern barbarian period of Germany. They used it to kill political prisoners.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 3 days ago

    @dtroutma

    We seem to be civilized, but sliding into the kind of barbarianism that the Germans, Russians, Italians, Japanese, Spanish and others did in the 1920’s – 1930’s.

  13. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    @Jase99

    “How much does a heroin overdose cause the user to suffer?”
    -
    They are difficult subjects from which to extract such knowledge. Near overdose fatalities report no knowledge of any discomfort aside from that experienced upon awakening.
    I could use A Weekend at Bernie’s as a reference, but I’m pretty sure it is fictional.

  14. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    “Why don’t they use simple morphine? I think it is because they find it too coddling for the criminals. After suffering in prison, they want suffering in death too.”
    -
    I think you hit the nail on the head. For an actual murderer who must be removed from life for the public safety, I have nothing against giving them a fine marijuana cigarette and a brief time to mellow before a last meal, laced with LSD, and then a dark velvet bon voyage with a bent spoon send-off.
    No hard feelings, you know?
    Only what is necessary and all that.

  15. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends said, 3 days ago

    @BrassOrchid

    Until you start to look at the data such as that of the Willingham case…or the many accused of shaken baby syndrome…except it wasn’t. A lot of the prosecutors in those cases were SURE they were correct…except they often weren’t. In some cases (such as the Willingham), there wasn’t likely even a crime but only a tragedy for which the survivor was executed.
    I am getting sick and tired of the self-righteous that promote this barbarism in the name of Justice. What is just about killing another conscious human in a state-sanctioned rite?

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