Target: Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
Goal: Condemn Missouri for considering using gas chambers for executions
Missouri may begin using gas chambers as a method for execution so as to not get behind schedule for the state’s executions. The state previously used lethal injection for executions, but has currently put this method on hold due to protest that the injection and used anesthetic are inhumane. In order to continue the scheduled executions, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster stated that he plans to use gas chambers instead of lethal injection as a method for execution, dismissing the idea that gas chambers themselves might be inhumane.
Gas chambers stopped being used in Missouri in 1965, and this method of execution hasn’t been used since 1999 in the United States. The use of gas chambers is considered by many to be inhumane because of the length of the process (usually taking more than ten minutes), and in 1996 a federal appeals court stopped California from using a gas chamber, calling it “cruel and unusual punishment” in conjunction with the Eighth Amendment. Missouri does not currently have a facility set up that would allow for this type of execution, so a new one would need to be built. Using the gas chamber instead of lethal injection is not a more humane method of execution. However, it does allow the Missouri Attorney General to stop any delays in the execution schedule due to the hold on legal lethal injections.
By signing the petition below you will be condemning the Missouri Attorney General for turning to another inhumane method of execution so as to speed up the process of conducting the death penalty.
Dear Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster,
Gas chambers have been recognized by many as a very inhumane method of execution, having been banned under the Eighth Amendment by a federal appeals court, deeming it “cruel and unusual punishment.” Replacing one questionable method with another does not solve the problem, and does not create justice.
I am writing you to ask you not to use gas chambers for executions. Using funds to build a new facility to perform executions with this method is irresponsible, and those funds could instead be put towards education and youth advocacy, taking pre-emptive steps towards a society in which the death penalty is not necessary. This cruel method of executions is unnecessary and should not be used in modern times.
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