Europe at origin of chronic US execution dilemma

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  • Sequoya Stafford, VA
    Feb. 18, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    Lethal Injection seems a very expensive way to get a simple result: The quick and painless end of a human life, judicially imposed and approved due to this person's past illegal aggravatedly egregious actions. I would say the same for electric chairs, gas chambers, and other such contraptions -- even gallows. The negatives are not only the expense, but also the malfunctions. All of these devices have had malfunctions, and even when functioning "perfectly," death is not as immediate as "flipping a switch."

    Firing squads would seem to be the simplest and least expensive -- and, assuming reasonable attention to close-range marksmanship, the most effective in bringing the desired result.

    However, there's a simpler, cheaper, and consistently more effective method than all of those. (Much as I hate to say it, the Soviets/Russians had [have?] the right idea here.) A single bullet to the back-base of the skull, thus severing the brain stem. By severing the "brain stem" a.k.a. "the Reptilian Brain" that controls autonomic functions, you have an "instant rag doll." Lights on/lights off -- that simple.

    In an effort to be "humane" and "moral," we have complicated a simple thing.