View Full Version : Nitrogen Asphyxiation for executions

01-09-2009, 04:57 PM
I know many of you are against the DP but if an execution was going to be carried out and you couldn't stop it wouldn't you want the LEAST painful and MOST humane way possible?

I'm SHOCKED this has not been used instead of the needle, the chair, the chamber, firing squad, etc. There are NO toxic effects to even prison staff or family/victims family who are visiting because nitrogen is already 78% of our air!! The inmate does not endure the horrific choking of cyanide gas used in the gas chamber.

When a human breathes in pure nitrogen (, they exhale carbon dioxide without resupplying oxygen. Nitrogen is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comprises approximately 78 percent of the Earth's atmosphere. As such, the subject would detect no abnormal sensation. This leads to asphyxiation ( without the painful and traumatic feeling of suffocation. This effect occurs in humans, but may be very unpleasant for burrowing animals such as rodents or rabbits, which have better function of the carotid body ( receptors for hypoxia.
For this reason, accidental nitrogen asphyxiation is a possible hazard where large quantities of nitrogen are used. Also, deliberate nitrogen asphyxiation is viewed by some as a more humane way to end a human life in a controlled setting. As the principal component in air, nitrogen poses no significant risk upon discharge.

The best thing about this is inmates can donate organs to help other people! I know several inmates have wanted to donate their organs but couldn't because the execution methods are so bad they kill off all the organs in the body at the time of execution and make them incapable of being transplanted.

01-09-2009, 06:07 PM
I really cannot see the benefit in having this discussion in this forum.
This post will cause upset to many members and I don't think that anyone is going to be able to contribute to this thread without their being drama.

I suggest that if you wish to have these kind of discussions you visit a Pro-Death Penalty site that relishes the concept of discussing ways to make people die.

For these reasons I am closing this thread. Not deleting it because, although distasteful, it contains information and a glimpse into how some people think about the mechanics of death.