How is this different from any other day?
How many drug offenders died in prison yesterday?
How many will die today?
Yes, muscular squirrels are pleased by the specific killing of a thing.
Yes, Barack fucking Pendragon Obama arrogated a newly un-enumerated power to command his spokesperson to hold a press conference to better brag about the premeditated killing of things.
But, in case we're unclear on American history, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. States have claimed the power to dispense with the lives of their subject-property for as long as there have been states. Some of them pretty up the process with rituals of surrender and sanctification. Some execute their power to kill on the installment plan, taking twenty or forty years to do what a hangman's noose would do in five minutes.
States kill. It's what they do.
Notice all the men in uniforms with state issued weapons?
They are not for show...