I can understand the sentiment that the death penalty is murder. I don’t agree with it but I understand it.
But once society agrees that it is an acceptable punishment for horrific crimes I don’t understand why lethal injection is so hard. Let’s not forget the kinds of monsters that we are putting to death.
If someone wants to propose a review of the death penalty application and impose additional requirements to make sure the state does due diligence before convicting criminals – They have my support. Not only do we read about men being executed wrongly. We also read about men serving horribly long sentences in wretched prisons after wrongly being convicted.
Our society needs to return to a mentality of let 50 guilty men go free rather then punish one innocent man as the founding fathers believed. Instead, we have juries, judges, and prosecutors all interested in punishing someone rather then the right one. If we were more focused on only punishing those who have really committed crimes against society we wouldn’t be having such an agonized debate over whether life in prison or death is the right answer.
Last evening I had to have the vet come out to our farm and put one of our old dogs to sleep. He put a needle in her front leg. Injected some blue liquid and in less then 30 seconds her heart had stopped and her breathing ceased. It seemed like a lot longer then 30 seconds for me because she was dearly loved but I know it happened very quickly and I saw no sign that she suffered at all.