With the recent horror stories of botched lethal injections, I am thinking this may not be such a bad idea. Though, I’m still waiting for the end of capital punishment, but I think I may be waiting for awhile.
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In Utah, where nine inmates are on death row, their would-be executioners face an obstacle. To kill them by lethal injection, they need a cocktail of drugs. But a European campaign to stop one of those drugs from reaching U.S. executioners has worked well enough to create a shortage. And alternative cocktails have malfunctioned.
Thus the response of the Utah State Senate. On Tuesday, it voted to legalize executions by firing squad if the state is short on lethal-injection drugs. “Republican Rep. Paul Ray touted the measure as being a more humane form of execution,” AP reports. “Ray argued that a team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than the drawn-out deaths that have occurred in botched lethal injections.” He may be correct.