Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions. The decision comes as lethal injection is receiving more scrutiny as an execution method, especially after last month's botched execution in Oklahoma. Read more >>
1. What does the cartoon seem to be saying about Tennessee's decision?
2. Compare the above cartoon with this earlier one by Dave Granlund.
3. What other methods of capital punishment do you know of?
4. Are some methods of execution 'more humane' than others?
1. A power outage (also power cut, blackout, or power failure) is a short- or long-term loss of the electric power to an area.
2. A shortage is a situation in which there is less of something than people want or need. • New Orleans is suffering from an acute shortage of housing. • California faces a shortage of college-educated workers that could slow its economic growth.
The guillotine is best known for its use in France, in particular during the French Revolution. The guillotine continued to be used long after the Revolution and remained France's standard method of judicial execution until the abolition of capital punishment with the backing of President François Mitterrand in 1981.The last person guillotined in France was Hamida Djandoubi, on 10 September 1977.
• Botched Execution cartoon collection (Cagle Post)