(Note: I am ambivalent about capital punishment. Since I do have some discomfort with it, I must oppose it and wish for it to be abolished. You may consider this a humour/sarcasm thread.)
Bullets are cheap, eh? Have you tried to buy ammo lately? :dubious: Anyway, why not make executions profitable for the state? See, reading comments from people on this link and on other stories involving crime, it seems that there are a lot of bloodthirsty Americans. I’m not talking about ‘Alas, death is the only suitable punishment’ types. I mean there are a lot of people wanting to kill criminals in the most heinous ways imaginable. (And some of them have quite the imagination!) I’ve read posts by people who say ‘I will [pull the trigger/flip the switch/pull the lever] myself!’
So let the states set up an Execution Lottery. For each execution, a drawing would be held to choose the members of the firing squad and alternate shooters. To prevent shooters from intentionally shooting to wound, and to alleviate guilty consciences, the states could use a variation of the shooting gallery of steel.
Here’s how it would work: People who feel so strongly about executing people would buy tickets. The tickets could cost $10 each, or $20 each or $100 each – whatever brings the highest return. Five or six lucky winners will be chosen to act as the firing squad, with an equal number of alternates in case any of the winners is unable or unwilling to go through with it. The machine would have five or six rifles that have been pre-sighted on the target. Last minute adjustments could be made using a laser, with the victim strapped to the execution chair. Each shooter would have a button. Two buttons, when pushed, would activate a solenoid (or solenoids) that would fire the rifles. The remaining buttons would do nothing, so that each shooter can believe that he didn’t personally kill another human being.
God-fearing, REAL (bloodthirsty) Americans get to serve the Righteous Vengeance they so strongly believe in. The ‘deserving’ criminal suffers the outcome so longed for by a large part of society. There would be no need to depend on those pansy-assed Europeans to supply us with phenobarbital. Proceeds from the lottery bolster the state coffers.
And if the executions were shown on pay-per-view, there would be even more revenue. Sports bars could show them and make a ton of cash selling beer to the spectators. Hey, we already have for-profit prisons.