Make the effort to think of your daughters, granddaughters and sisters, or any loved ones, as these victims and their family members were forced to do.
During a home invasion and kidnapping:
A completely, innocent Stephanie Neiman, 19, was shot twice with a shotgun. The criminals made Stephanie watch as they dug her grave. Stephanie was placed, alive, in that grave, moaning and crying, and buried, alive (1).
Summer Hair was anally and vaginally raped, twice, on separate occasions and at different locations and forced to perform oral sex. She lived (1).
Lockett gave a full confession, with no remorse.
Lockett was an ongoing, continuing threat while on death row (2), just as he was before these crimes.
In the full context of Lockett's crimes and his death, there is no reason for anyone to use them as a reason to abandoned the death penalty and every reason to reflect on why some crimes deserve the death penalty.
Remember Stephanie and Summer.
Predictably, death penalty opponents are using Lockett as their newest poster murderer to fight death penalty support.
Anti death penalty legislators in the New Hampshire House of Representatives even used Lockett as the foundation for a re-vote on death penalty repeal.
Fortunately, with that re-vote, the House had 7 fewer votes for repeal and 13 more votes for retention. Thank you. The Senate refused to reconsider and the death penalty remains.
Lockett's crimes call for more death penalty support.
LOCKETT"S BOTCHED EXECUTION
Death penalty opponents, in all states, are using Lockett's botched execution, in Oklahoma, to call for an end to execution.
Odd. Oklahoma has a history of successful executions, which is, somehow, being forgotten.
Nationally, less than 1% of lethal injections have any problems (cut downs are not problems, but solutions).
Could Lockett have exhibited those noises and movements while unconscious? Of course.
Do people who overdose on drugs snort, moan, groan, move, have spasms and cry out, while unconscious? Of course, just as some people do while they are asleep.
Could Lockett have been conscious? Of course.
At this point, no one even knows, for sure, if Lockett suffered. Depending upon how much of the drugs were administered IV and how much, intra muscular, after his vein blow out, we cannot know if he suffered or if he was conscious. Hopefully, the autopsy and expected review can tell us.
But, we do know what happened to Stephanie and Summer. Don't forget them.
Blow outs are not uncommon, with IV administration, worldwide. They are no big deal.
With executions, the proper protocol is to have a second IV line, ready to go, which Oklahoma did not have. Had that been done in Lockett's case, there would have been a brief delay, from the blow out, then the second IV would have been used and no one would have even noticed.
So, let's wait until the full report and stop any blind speculation.
We know what happened with all the blind speculation in McGuire's execution (3) in
Ohio. Let's not duplicate that nonsense with Lockett.
1) "Clayton Lockett (states): 'IN REALITY I AM PROBABLY THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CRIMINAL' . . . 'CAUSE I'M AN ASSASIN - POINT BLANK' "
2) "Friends of victim have zero sympathy for Clayton Lockett", New York Daily News, May 2, 2014,
3) The (Imagined) Horror of Dennis McGuire's Execution