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The obvious next step for the NC death penalty

Today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File does a great job of exposing the downright craziness of the latest proposal to revive the death penalty in North Carolina and, in particular, the notion that we should keep the nature of the “drug cocktail” used to kill people a secret. Here’s Chris:

“States that still execute people can’t figure out how to do it and innocent people continue to be released from death row every year.

Simply making the process a secret to speed it up is not the answer. Henry McCollum is living proof of that.”

Of course, it could be that Chris is thinking too narrowly. Maybe this whole secrecy business is just what the doctor ordered (no pun intended). After all, once they succeed in keeping the secret death sauce contents away from prying public eyes, the obvious next step for death penalty supporters will be to keep the means of death itself a secret.

Yeah, that’s the ticket! Instead of sentencing people to “death by lethal injection,” we can just start sentencing them to “death by whatever handy means are readily available.”

And then, after the public gets used to that, we can simply sentence the condemned to “disappear.” Maybe we could even contract the job out to hyper-efficient private companies to save the taxpayers time, money and hassle. I’ll bet we can find some great offshore vendors to handle the contract.

3 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    April 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    That is a good idea Scowley, we could bring back public hanging. That might actually make people think about their crime if their friends were swinging in the town square.

  2. Alan

    May 1, 2015 at 6:17 am

    The death penalty isn’t a deterrent, never has been and never will be. The rest of the civilized world realized this years ago and brought an end to their state sanctioned killings, including I may add the killing of innocent people convicted of crimes they had nothing to do with. For all those death penalty advocates,remember one thing, “thow shalt not kill”.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    May 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I assume you meant “thou”.
    ….
    Be careful, the progresso/liberals might ban you from your cube over at the pulse if they see you quoting the Bible. That really gets under the socialist/statist’s skin.

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