Opponents to capital punishment have come up with a new way to try and keep states from carrying out legally ordered executions. They have filed lawsuits against several states, including California, Arizona, and Oklahoma, claiming that the drug used in lethal injections was illegally obtained.
Bowing to pressure from the do gooders, Lake Forest, Illinois-based Hospira Inc., the only American manufacturer of sodium thiopental, stopped producing the drug a while back, and the lawsuits claim that states are illegally obtaining their supply of the drug from foreign countries, and that the foreign versions of the drug have not been proven to be “safe.”
So we’re not supposed to use a drug we can’t prove is “safe” to execute somebody whom a jury, a judge, and a long line of appellate courts have determined is too dangerous to be allowed to live.
Huh? How safe does a drug have to be, that is going to be used in an execution?
Of course, this is just nonsense, another ploy by which court appointed attorneys with no conscience can make big bucks trying to keep convicted murderers alive, and tying up the courts’ time in the process.
Let’s get real, folks. The drug is simply a means to an end, that end being taking the life of somebody whom society has determined has committed crimes for which they must receive the ultimate punishment. A bullet, a noose, or a gas pellet can be manufactured right there in the U.S.A. and will do the same job, and any of them could be called “unsafe.” I’m okay with that. How about you?