I am not a particular fan of execution for crimes no matter how heinous they may be. In my mind two wrongs never made a right. Also there have been entirely too many cases where people convicted and sentenced to prison have been later found innocent thanks to newer forensic technology. The latest case that was reported on MSN involved a man who spent thirty years in prison only to be exonerated thanks to more modern techniques. However that being said I am equally perplexed by the problems that the various states are reporting over the drugs and procedures being used to execute condemned people.
Every time I hear of one of these cases where someone botched an execution or some state is complaining about the shortage of and cost of these fatal cocktails used for these procedures I repeatedly have to ask the same questions. First an overdose of heroine seems to work like magic in extinguishing life and right not a heroin pop is as cheap as it has ever been and available virtually everywhere. Seems to me that it would be just as humane to give the person a happy send off and let them pass in a drug induced haze like so many musicians and entertainers do. Then there is the ready availability of veterinarians. They euthanize old and sick pets in a matter of seconds with one seemingly painless shot.
Several years ago I had a large dog as a family pet and unfortunately she came down with an untreatable case of lupus. The vet tried several of the conventional treatments and they only worked to a very minor extent. When we told me the only course was some kind of very expensive chemotherapy with no guarantees of success I made the sad decision to let my beloved pet go. He shaved a small place on one of her hind legs and as I held her head in my arms he gave her a single small injection and within 15 seconds she ceased to breath and died instantly.
Then there are a host of other ways to execute people that are perhaps more gruesome but just as humane as watching them writhe around on a table dying a slow and horrible death. That may give the victim's families some sense of justice and closure but it certainly does not hold with the stated position of making execution as painless and humane as possible. I can only think of a few reasons for this kind of idiotic discrepancy in this process. One is the possible sadistic aspect that deliberately prolongs the death so as to wreak some kind of warped justice on the accused and convicted perpetrator or the other is just plain and simple greed and corruption. The companies that manufacture and sell these drug concoctions obviously make a huge profit from it and regularly rip off the state's penal institutions who are forced to purchase from them. That is as close to a mandated monopoly that I can think of. They can set their prices to what ever the market will bear and with no competition it goes unchallenged. And since these drug companies are usually large contributors to the political campaigns of the rule makers in most states it is not surprising that they regularly create mandates for the use of these cocktails from the drug companies and allow tax payer's money to be wasted on such faulty products.
I certainly have no plans to be convicted of a capital crime of any sort but if anyone ever decides to execute me I hope they do it the fastest possible way like a large caliber bullet to the head. I am admittedly a coward when it comes to suffering so rather than being chemically drawn and quartered by an incompetent executioner I would much rather exit in a flash with the least amount of trauma. If I am wrong on this I would certainly like to hear the opinions of others who disagree but please explain why you disagree and offer an alternative solution to this problem that is feasible and makes sense from an economic point of view as well as on the humane issue.