Friday, May 05, 2006

Oh, snarky . . .

Hanny Hindi got a little snarky at the end of Jurisprudence today: "Prisoners may very well suffer needlessly excruciating deaths, but the witnesses won't feel a thing." An excellent point. After all, that is how our execution system is designed--don't disturb the witnesses and executioners unduly. But why not? If, as a society, we are willing to kill people in the name of justice, we should have to collective balls to do it in the most humane way possible, despite witness discomfort. Don't prosecutors use the argument that a condemned individual's crimes were "inhumane" and "barbaric." Doesn't letting them needlessly suffer put us on their level? We should be above that and we should be prepared to face the consequences of our decisions. Death isn't pretty, it isn't clean; killing makes it even less so. If you're going to kill someone, blow the poor bastard's head off; if I ever end up on death row, that's how I'd want to go.


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