Prologue, not the question:
It seems that every form of capital punishment that’s become official includes some form of suffering.
Many attempts have been made to try and make the end “swift and sure” and avoid long suffering.
These humanitarian attempts all had critics.
The broad-ax sometimes took a second chop.
The trap-door noose with knot set to break the neck sometimes wouldn’t.
The guillotine was said to produce heads that twitched for a minute.
Firing squads sometimes were less than instantaneous in effect.
The gas chamber is said to be horribly painful, with blood coming out of eyes and foam out of the mouth.
Same with electrocution.
Lethal injection is now suspected of producing a “paralytic stupor” where the prisoner is awake and aware but unable to move, and might feel intense pain but not be able to signal it.
So, the list is long of attempts to make the process either painless or at least quick enough to reduce suffering time.
Finally, the question:
Can’t we use those naturally occurring processes that accidentally kill people?
Wouldn’t they be easy, cheap, and obviously less painful?
Every day someone dies of carbon monoxide poisoning, the “quiet killer” of people who grill indoors.
And likewise the faulty gas leak overcoming whole households.
And divers who don’t realize their mix of of gasses is too light on oxygen and simply pass out
And kids who inhale too much helium without taking a breath of air.
Aren’t all those painless, serene deaths, without the problems stated above?