THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND THE AMERICAN ORGANIZATION
OF PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
ABOUT FIRING SQUADS, LETHAL INJECTIONS AND ELECTRIC CHAIRS
its brazen, ongoing effort to build an illegal monopoly
as the American penal system's sole death provider, the
AOPM will stop at nothing to keep other interests out
of the marketplace. Its most recent effort, "What the
National Rifle Association Doesn't Want You to Know About
Firing Squads," denounces the electric chair as "ineffective"
and "archaic." But in the earliest days of this republic,
criminal executions were carried out primarily by hanging.
Talk about archaic!
the twentieth century, the Golden Age of Execution, America
began to create new and innovative uses for electricity.
One of these was the electric chair, a dramatic improvement
over existing death delivery systems.
was the electric chair (or "Tickle Me Elmo," as some corrections
officers affectionately call it) preferred over firing
squads, and why is it still better than lethal injection?
Both of those methods are more or less reliable killers,
but prosecutors with their eyes on the governor's mansion
frequently complain that the condemned dies too quickly.
Also, just prior to death by firing squad, the prisoner
is traditionally offered a pleasurable, smooth-tasting
cigarette, while, in the case of lethal injection, the
condemned generally receives a sedative like sodium pentothal
(more taxpayer dollars lining the drug companies' pockets!),
as if he were a bored suburban housewife instead of a
brutal killer of police officers and white women. After
the switch is thrown on the electric chair, however, the
prisoner has between one and five minutes, before his
heart finally stops beating, to privately tell Jesus how
sorry he is.
have shown that the death penalty, as practiced in America,
is not an effective deterrent. No wonder. It's time to
finally take off the surge protector and put an end to