Aug. 3, 2000
9:00 am E.S.T.
THE PHARMACEUTICAL LOBBY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT
year, 98 convicted killers were executed in the United
States. Almost 90% of these prisoners received their final
justice via lethal injection, a process that, despite
its extremely high cost, has recently gained favor in
America's death houses. Just how expensive is it? Well,
we don't know exactly, but a 100-count bottle of Benadryl
retails for over 15 dollars, so one can only imagine what
50 cc's of pancorium bromide will run you. Whatever it
is, multiply that amount by 98, and we're talking serious
bucks. Serious taxpayer bucks.
most unfortunate part about extravagantly expensive death
procedures is that they're unnecessary. There is a perfectly
good method of executing prisoners, one which has proven
effective for hundreds of years, and it costs the public
only a fraction of the price of lethal injection. It's
called shooting them in the head.
it's common sense. When a man, a real man, decides to
take his own life (and wants the job done right), he doesn't
wash down a handful of sleeping pills with a glass of
raspberry zinfandel, and he sure as hell doesn't inject
himself with some fancy-brand designer drug. No sir. He
shoots himself in the head.
of all, firing squads can be assembled on short notice,
using materials that are already at hand around the prison,
courthouse or local tavern. It also doesn't require extensive
training. If you can take his picture, you pretty much
know how to shoot a guy in the head.
the state of Utah had the honor of executing Gary Gilmore,
one of its most notorious and cold-blooded killers, it
counted on an old-fashioned firing squad to get the job
done. If a rifle was good enough to send Gary Gilmore
to hell, isn't it good enough for the soulless killers
in your state?