Kinder, gentler?

Does Tennessee need to come up with a kinder, gentler method of execution?  Some folks think so.

Ol’ Sparky was probably anything but kind or gentle, but he got the job done — quickly.  The current standard is a three drug cocktail (used by 37 states) of "an anesthetic, a muscle paralyzer, and a substance to stop the heart."

Either of which, of course, is more comfortable and humane than 30 more years in prison, I’d think.

None of the options are likely as bad as what was done to the victims of whatever crime was committed to land the prisoner on death row in the first place.

In being humane, how many of us have had a pet euthanized in the vet’s office?  I have.  I hated like hell to do it, but most caring people agree that lethal injection is sometimes the kindest, most compassionate option.

If justice is the goal, then perhaps they should just take Steve Henley home, shoot him, and burn down the house.  That is, after all, the punishment he dealt out to an elderly couple, all because he perceived they owed him something.

Now, we owe him something too.

3 Responses to “Kinder, gentler?”

  1. on 03 Feb 2009 at 10:36 pm Joel

    Yeah, netmom, vengeance can be satisfying for some.

    For those of us who were raised Christian, we have a different take.

    But you probably wouldn’t understand.

  2. on 04 Feb 2009 at 6:32 am girlfriend

    I am a firm believer of Capital Punishment and feel we do not use it enough.

  3. on 04 Feb 2009 at 7:57 am Harry

    Joel.. You reap what you sow…

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