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A, B or C: you die anyway

  • 18-05-2021 11:33am
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    Registered Users Posts: 10,867 ✭✭✭✭ Calahonda52


    https://www.rte.ie/news/us/2021/0518/1222269-south-carolina/

    The US state of South Carolina has introduced a law requiring death row prisoners to choose between firing squad and electric chair after a lack of lethal injection drugs halted executions for a decade.

    "This weekend, I signed legislation into law that will allow the state to carry out a death sentence. The families and loved ones of victims are owed closure and justice by law. Now, we can provide it," Governor Henry McMaster said on Twitter.

    The pro-death penalty Republican wants to resume executions after a 10-year hiatus caused by a shortage of drugs used in lethal injections.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,029 ✭✭✭ Hande hoche!


    Nice to see coverage of pro choice Republicans for once.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,709 ✭✭✭✭ Leg End Reject


    I'd opt for the firing squad, at least it would be instant.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,171 ✭✭✭ Hoboo


    I'd opt for the firing squad, at least it would be instant.

    They shoot you in the shins and work their way up.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 58,889 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    I'd opt for the firing squad, at least it would be instant.
    Not really. IIRC they go for heart shots, so if your heart stopped now you'd have maybe 10 seconds of consciousness before lights out.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 368 ✭✭ iffandonlyif


    Good lord, that really is barbaric. 'Closure and justice' shouldn't mean eye-for-an-eye.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,171 ✭✭✭ Hoboo


    Good lord, that really is barbaric. 'Closure and justice' shouldn't mean eye-for-an-eye.

    They're quite the primitive bunch.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,977 ✭✭✭ Allinall


    Give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves.

    Saves on the labor costs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,943 ✭✭✭✭ the purple tin


    Good lord, that really is barbaric. 'Closure and justice' shouldn't mean eye-for-an-eye.
    US are the only western nation still doing it. A first-world anomaly.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,709 ✭✭✭✭ Leg End Reject


    Wibbs wrote: »
    Not really. IIRC they go for heart shots, so if your heart stopped now you'd have maybe 10 seconds of consciousness before lights out.

    Bugger. Still sounds better than the electric chair though.

    Are the soon-to-be-deceased given any happy drugs beforehand, or walked in fully aware?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,039 ✭✭✭ theguzman


    If only Ireland had a proper justice system here, instead free social housing and a printed million in welfare to habitually re-offend for the rest of their life.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭ starkid


    Good lord, that really is barbaric. 'Closure and justice' shouldn't mean eye-for-an-eye.

    what about in the cases of multiple murders and violent rape?

    I mean im against the death penalty for the most part, but in really serious crimes i'm unsure. What i do know is that life should mean life, at least behind bars. If somebody is dead in the ground for good, murdered in cold blood the person has no right to a normal judgement.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,943 ✭✭✭ Gregor Samsa


    It's a wingnut's wet dream, making condemned prisoners choose the manner of their own death. All that's missing is charging their families for the bullets or the electricity used.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,620 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Some humans are just disturbing, killing is not a solution to complex psychological issues and disorders


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,292 ✭✭✭✭ mariaalice


    I would choose the firing squad, the meaning of an eye for an eye is not revenge or closer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 596 ✭✭✭ bigar


    theguzman wrote: »
    If only Ireland had a proper justice system here, instead free social housing and a printed million in welfare to habitually re-offend for the rest of their life.

    Not sure what social housing and welfare has to do with the justice system.

    I do hope you are not implying the US has a proper justice system? The 27 people in the last 20 years sentenced to death but later exonerated may disagree.

    Then there is the questionable practice of having judges being elected by popular vote. This means they need to run for office as a politician does which opens them up to lobbying, hand-outs and corruption.

    Many more things would indicate the US does not have a proper justice system.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,819 ✭✭✭ corner of hells


    theguzman wrote: »
    If only Ireland had a proper justice system here, instead free social housing and a printed million in welfare to habitually re-offend for the rest of their life.

    Would you thinking of offering the firing squad or electric chair instead as an option to free social housing .


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,833 ✭✭✭✭ Pherekydes


    Allinall wrote: »
    Give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves.

    Saves on the labor costs.

    Not an option! Firing squad or the chair. :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,833 ✭✭✭✭ Pherekydes


    theguzman wrote: »
    If only Ireland had a proper justice system here, instead free social housing and a printed million in welfare to habitually re-offend for the rest of their life.

    I knew the "pro-lifers" would be along...


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,090 ✭✭✭ Feisar


    Wibbs wrote: »
    Not really. IIRC they go for heart shots, so if your heart stopped now you'd have maybe 10 seconds of consciousness before lights out.

    And quite often the squad leader has to tootle over and finish the job with a revolver.

    First they came for the socialists...



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,642 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    US are the only western nation still doing it. A first-world anomaly.

    For first-world, Japan also still do it - and by hanging at that. Don't think there's many/any other democratic countries doing it any more - well, there's a few where they might still have elections but elect a despot.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,135 ✭✭✭ Captain_Crash


    L1011 wrote: »
    For first-world, Japan also still do it - and by hanging at that. Don't think there's many/any other democratic countries doing it any more - well, there's a few where they might still have elections but elect a despot.

    There are several first world countries who still have it, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia to name but a few! A lot of Caribbean countries also have it but I doubt it’s practiced! While researching this post I also discovered Belarus have it, not first world I know but a European country none the less!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,576 ✭✭✭ Muppet Man


    Not in favour of it. Too many innocent people with poor legal representation have died I fear. Especially in poorer nations. Its also used too liberally for some crimes in some countries. Being caught in a Homosexual act is death penalty in some radical Muslim countries, but is somehow legal in ireand. I think it should be banned worldwide due to this inconsistency. Also, the method of execution can he cruel as **** - 'stoning' for example is still a thing. It's a tough argument though against heinous crime nut jobs like Timothy mc veigh for example. Still I think he's better off in prison for the rest of his life. Its more of a punishment for him. All that being said, I didn't have an issue with the execution of saddam hussein, and the execution of bin laden. I'm far from consistent in the application of my morals.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,642 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    There are several first world countries who still have it, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia to name but a few! A lot of Caribbean countries also have it but I doubt it’s practiced! While researching this post I also discovered Belarus have it, not first world I know but a European country none the less!

    Despotic monarchy, dictatorship, and really not first world respectively.


  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭ starkid


    bigar wrote: »
    Not sure what social housing and welfare has to do with the justice system.

    I do hope you are not implying the US has a proper justice system? The 27 people in the last 20 years sentenced to death but later exonerated may disagree.

    Then there is the questionable practice of having judges being elected by popular vote. This means they need to run for office as a politician does which opens them up to lobbying, hand-outs and corruption.

    Many more things would indicate the US does not have a proper justice system.

    Its also a hugely complex society with 52 different states and laws,jurisdictions. 331 million people of different races, creeds, politics, culture and history living under the pretence of one America. People can go on till the cows come home about how the US should take its queues from Norway or the like but the reality is its in no way comparable to many many European countries. Its a terrible system at times, but without some of that system i'd go as far to say America would be in a much worse situation.

    For profit prisions and the lobbying of judges is disgraceful i agree. Its so clearly obvious that it is open to corruption.

    But with America, people need to tempter their judgement. There's millions of Americans who would think that allowing scum like Gerald Barry walk the streets on bail, is the other side of the coin, just as dispicable. And if we are truly honest, it is. People with multiple convictions, many for violent offence walking around our streets happy as LArry. **** that ****.

    the problem with this debate is the same people would say imprisoning people like Barry for actual life is just as inhumane. genuinely warped beliefs.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 58,889 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Bugger. Still sounds better than the electric chair though.

    Are the soon-to-be-deceased given any happy drugs beforehand, or walked in fully aware?
    Fully aware. Have to make them suffer don't you know.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 15,565 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06


    Am still waiting on the third option.

    Does it involve a shark tank or a sack with a monkey and snake in it?

    Why did they stop with hanging as an option if they are now going back to firing squad?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,819 ✭✭✭ corner of hells


    starkid wrote: »
    Its also a hugely complex society with 52 different states and laws,jurisdictions. 331 million people of different races, creeds, politics, culture and history living under the pretence of one America. People can go on till the cows come home about how the US should take its queues from Norway or the like but the reality is its in no way comparable to many many European countries. Its a terrible system at times, but without some of that system i'd go as far to say America would be in a much worse situation.

    For profit prisions and the lobbying of judges is disgraceful i agree. Its so clearly obvious that it is open to corruption.

    But with America, people need to tempter their judgement. There's millions of Americans who would think that allowing scum like Gerald Barry walk the streets on bail, is the other side of the coin, just as dispicable. And if we are truly honest, it is. People with multiple convictions, many for violent offence walking around our streets happy as LArry. **** that ****.

    the problem with this debate is the same people would say imprisoning people like Barry for actual life is just as inhumane. genuinely warped beliefs.

    I have a question , when did the US start having 52 states ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,135 ✭✭✭ Captain_Crash


    L1011 wrote: »
    Despotic monarchy, dictatorship, and really not first world respectively.

    Regardless of governance Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE are very much first world countries


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,510 ✭✭✭ Man Vs ManUre


    Electric chair seems too painful to me. I’d choose being shot. At least it’s a more normal way to go!!


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,642 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Regardless of governance Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE are very much first world countries

    Malaysias HDI does not meet the standards to be considered a developed country, which is what people mean by 'first world' these days (as the cold war era concept that has Ireland in the third world is not used except by pedants or historians in context, but someone will mention it to try counter this point if I don't get there first)

    Singapore and UAE do, but they are not democratic countries.


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