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Comment Re:Hangings (Score 1) 1160

This might be covered by using (more or less) something like a bench rifle, such that everyone is aiming at the same spot, and the rifles are secured such that little to no recoil is possible. Couple this with a modest caliber as well - after all, short range, no movement, no armor, and it's a human rather than a bear or moose.

But at this point I think we've ventured far beyond practicalities and into thought exercise territory :)

Comment Re:Hangings (Score 1) 1160

You could use a mask (like what they give oxygen to you in the hospital with) to allow you to have a large room for the purpose. This might actually increase safety for the other staff as well, since they wouldn't need to don breathing apparatus if they need to tighten a restraint or such.

I think they have to have a physician (or at least a nurse) available anyway to declare death - I don't think it would be all that off-the-wall to want them to hook up an EKG to monitor cardiac function - in fact I'd be surprised if they don't do that already.

I should point out that I'm against capital punishment. That said, Just because I don't think it should happen doesn't mean I can't think about making it more humane (or however you want to phrase it) if I can't see it not happen.

Comment Re:Hangings (Score 1) 1160

You don't just shove them into the room. While you couldn't do it the way old gas chambers worked (since those didn't need to displace anything, just introduce the chemical(s)) you can certainly cycle the atmosphere like you would in an airlock or decontamination.

Secure the condemned, seal the door, start the circulation, then shunt in the N2. Keep putting in fresh N2 while venting (or reclaiming for scrubbing and re-use) and the CO2 levels will not rise far.

Comment Re:Its only a sensible precaution (Score 1) 218

They actually go for engineers, from my understanding.

Here's my "theory" why: once they are convinced there is a problem, they have a need to fix it. All they have to do is make them believe there is a problem, and offer a convenient way to "fix" it.

Note: by theory I mean "thing that I just made up, now, on the spot"

Comment Re:smug retribution (Score 1) 279

Unfortunately you can't just legislate it away. That doesn't work, has never worked, and will never work. Doesn't stop them from trying, though.

I'm not going to get into it beyond that though - I'm not an expert, but it doesn't take an expert to recognize that something is broken. I really don't think just taking them away is the answer. As other incidents have spotlit, the act will not change, only the tools. Children (and adults too) committing violence against their peers and authority figures is the symptom, the gun (or knife etc) is just the vehicle, and the real problem is something else that I can't really identify personally. People are losing hope, getting restless, frustrated, and angry. We need to determine (and fix) the cause of that, not the results. But good luck with that, because the people in charge only care about looking like they are fixing things. Which only compounds the problem.

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