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Finally last week, Ohio got on with the business of execution a quarter of a century after Maguire had been sentenced to die.

Yet the media and anti-death-penalty trolls were beside themselves when Ohio opted to execute Maguire with a two-drug cocktail instead of the usual three. The hand-wringing over the possibility that rapist-murderer-child-killer Maguire wouldn’t see kittens in his dreams before dying in his sleep was pathetic.

It took Maguire 26 minutes to die, 11 minutes longer than the average execution. According to observers, the jerk also gasped and snorted a few times during the process.

Well, cry me a river.

The odds are Maguire had no idea what was happening to him, yet we know that Joy lived through every moment of the torture Maguire inflicted upon her. What he experienced was a gift, considering what he did to his victim, and the hopelessness and pain that compelled Joy’s husband to kill himself in the aftermath of Maguire’s sadism.

The lethal-injection system, by its very process, gives credence to the notion that executing someone is a bad thing and, therefore, needs to be made “nice.”

Executing the evil among us is a necessary thing, but for those who insist it be compassionate, the firing squad is the answer. Quick, painless and inexpensive, it is, in fact, the ultimate in humane dispatching.

I can hear those, some of whom are well-meaning, who worry about the lives of monsters, appalled about the imagined cruelty and inhumanity of my argument. I’ll tell you what’s inhumane — forcing the innocent to watch society herald the murderers in our midst.

The inhumanity is ignoring the innocent whose worlds were destroyed by craven savages like Maguire, condemning their families to lives devoid of closure and whatever peace might be possible. The death penalty provides justice to those who deserve it.

It’s time we take that seriously, end the atrocious delays in executions and bring back the humaneness of the firing squad.

Tammy Bruce is a radio talk-show host, New York Times best-selling author and Fox News political contributor.