BTW, I put in Great Debates, because I assume it will spark a debate. Okay ?
Anyway I have already gone into this topic before, doubtless on this message board too. And although I am a humanist and a humanitarian (basically), I am more utilitarian when it comes to capital punishment. I consider it a form of euthanasia. Yes, it leads to irreversible effects if the person is innocent. And it closes the door to remorse and personal growth. But I still think it’s better than letting someone rot in prison for life. What more can I say?
Anyway, this pretty much goes into my first idea of nitrogen asphyxiation (hopefully the link will work). And I know Dr. Jack Kevorkian (aka ‘Dr. Death’ and assisted suicide activist) recommended carbon monoxide asphyxiation.
But I was recently thinking, why not just use blood deprivation. I.e., bleed them dry (to be blunt). It causes no gasses that have to be vented. And it requires minimal medical knowledge (medical personnel often refuse to take part in executions on ethical grounds).
Yeah, it’s kind of gross. But name a method that ultimately isn’t .