Or how about giving the citizens of Oklahoma the right to choose an acid bath for condemned murderers? We'll submerge people like Lockett in a tub filled with burning fluid until he's mostly disintegrated and can be flushed down the toilet. (If it's low-flow, flush twice.)
Or maybe an industrial vacuum designed to tear Lockett's body apart.
Which reminds me: Would the Times ever give as detailed a description of an abortion as it does for the execution of a remorseless killer? The odds are pretty high that the baby isn't even a rapist/murderer.
Opposition to the death penalty has nothing to do with compassion. Liberals weeping for murderers have zero compassion for an innocent baby trying to escape an abortionist's cranioclast. Their dead earnestness about monsters like Clayton Lockett is solely designed to demonstrate how virtuous they are.
It will come as a surprise to the sort of person who works at the Times, but there are lots of people who don't go through life trying to prove they're better than everyone else. They don't think to themselves: Listen to NPR? Check. Got the kids into a fancy preschool? Check. Now, what's that little extra for experts? ... Defend depraved murderers! Check!
Manifestly, these death penalty hysterics do not care about the victims of crime. But they don't really care about the killers, either. Their only objective is to increase their self-esteem.
This is why liberal arguments against the death penalty are always circular. It's not about logic; it's about their conception of themselves.
U.S. pharmaceutical companies won't sell lethal injection drugs to the states because they don't want to be sued and harassed by anti-death penalty activists. European pharmaceutical companies refuse to sell the drugs to the U.S. because they're so deeply committed to human rights -- as we saw around the middle of the last century.
Then they all turn around and complain when crummy substitutes fail to produce nice, peaceful exits for heinous murderers. (You know -- like they gave their victims.)
It's exactly like the left's complaint that the death penalty "costs too much."
Q: Why is it so expensive?
A: Because we sue, drag the cases out forever with endless appeals and require states to spend millions of dollars on legal costs.
How about we cut the Euros and lefty activists out of the execution process altogether with a voluntary firing squad? It's quick, it's effective and the whole community gets to participate!
The state could run ads in newspapers giving detailed accounts of the condemned man's crime -- all that stuff The New York Times frantically hides from its readers -- and then ask: "Would you be interested in being assigned to his firing squad?"
The Supreme Court has defined "cruel and unusual punishment" as something that offends society's "evolving sense of decency." When we see how many people volunteer for the firing squad, we'll at least have a back-of-the-envelope estimate on whether society's "evolving sense of decency" is more offended by the death of Clayton Lockett or that of Stephanie Neiman.
I know I'd volunteer. Having read the truth about what psychopaths like Clayton Lockett have done, I'd pay for the opportunity, especially if they promise my gun won't have a blank.