Cognitive Dissonance

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State of Texas Has Run Out of Lethal Injection Drugs

Well, specifically, two of the three used in executions.

No, Rick Perry. Sit your ass down. There’s still one left. However, this is causing serious concern:

An Oklahoma inmate asked a federal court on Tuesday to halt his upcoming execution because that state has only one dose of pentobarbital left. A lawyer for Michael Hooper said Oklahoma has no backup plan if the drug fails to render Hooper unconscious, and that creates a risk of cruel and unusual punishment…

Texas officials said in May that they have enough doses of pentobarbital to carry out 23 executions. No one has been executed in the state since. Four other states — Arizona, Idaho, Ohio and Washington — have used a single drug to carry out executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Ohio was the first to use just pentobarbital, during a March 2011 execution…

Death penalty opponents claim single-drug executions may be less humane.

Without the two others, the possibility for cruel and unusual punishment escalates. For the record, I oppose the death penalty for several reasons. Chiefly, I don’t believe killing to teach others killing is wrong is a good method of deterrence, and one commutation from death row is enough to stop all executions. It’s better to let a guilty person go free than jail one innocent one — much less kill an innocent person.

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    Question: how do you humanely kill a human? Isn’t the killing of the human, inhuman?
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    I also personally think that the death penalty is in itself cruel and unusual punishment. Only torture is more cruel...
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    This is disgusting.
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