FIRING SQUADS: Utah Votes to Bring Back Death by Firing Squad

Because it can be more humane than lethal injections. What do you think?

Utah lawmakers have passed a bill that would make it the only state to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs-some even claim the firing squad death is more humane.

The passage of the bill by the state Senate on Tuesday comes as states struggle to obtain lethal injection drugs amid a nationwide shortage.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, touted the measure as being a more humane form of execution. 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.

The bill gives Utah options, he said. ‘We would love to get the lethal injection worked out so we can continue with that but if not, now we have a backup plan,’ Ray told The Associated Press.

Opponents, however, said firing squads are a cruel holdover from the state’s wild West days and will earn the state international condemnation.

Read more: Daily Mail

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