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States Consider Firing Squad Executions

May 22, 2014  | 

Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.

The Associated Press reports a Wyoming legislative committee has directed its staff to draft a firing-squad bill for consideration ahead of next year's legislative session starting in January.

Lawmakers in Utah also may consider a return to firing squads for civilian executions. A Republican state lawmaker there recently announced that he intends to introduce firing-squad legislation in his state's next legislative session in January as well.


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Pro DP @ 5/22/2014 3:44 PM

There will be no mistake about taking the shot and getting it right. Lead injection by marksman, beats chemical injection by machine everytime.

KevCopAz @ 5/22/2014 3:52 PM

I can't wait to hear the anti death penalty folks now, how cruel a firing squad will be, how "Nazi-like"! They will have only themselves to blame! They are the ones who by challenging the death penalty at every turn that have driven the cost up so far by keeping these folks alive for 20 years, we should have swift (1 year after sentence, one mass appeal and thats it!) execution by firing squad, and the "cost" will go away, Justice will be done. We all know that no matter how we execute these folks the Libs will scream and complain until the death penalty is replaced with "life" in prison. Then they will start to whine and complain how cruel "life" is and get that dumped in the future. The libs are so very predictable. F em, shoot the SOBs!

FLK9 @ 5/22/2014 4:34 PM

AMEN brother! In fact, I think they should bring back public hangings. How cheap is that? The cost of the rope? If these dirtbags are doing something so bad that they get the death penalty, then kill em! I bet if we brought back public hangings, and say "this is what happens when you kidnap, rape, murder, etc." and then WOOSH to the gallows, I bet the crime rate would drop!

Morning Eagle @ 5/22/2014 5:38 PM

Just DO IT! Letting these pieces of crap sit in prison gaming the system for ten, fifteen, even twenty years or more in some cases is unacceptable. And what about the cruel and unusual punishment that murderers, rapists, and/or kidnappers inflict on their victims and their families? Why don't the bleeding heart liberals and judges that pretend to be so concerned about cruel and unusual care about them? When the crime warrants the death sentence then the penalty should be carried out promptly with as little cost to the tax payers as reasonably possible. KevCop is right, no matter the method of execution it will be protested so just get it done.

Ravenheart @ 5/22/2014 10:11 PM

The reason we have to have this discussion is because we have a criminal justice system. If we had a victim's justice system, then the Libs wouldn't have anything to complain about. Because the criminal justice system prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, no one cares about the victims and what they suffer. Firing squads isn't so unusual. Neither is hanging, though it wouldn't really be a deterrent to crime. Then there is the stoning option... Oh, yeah. Border Patrol is still dealing with that issue. People think stones don't kill. In my Orson Welles scenario, the inmate gets a ballistics vest before going to the firing squad with steel core rifle rounds. Level IIa, mind you, but it makes the Libs happy.

Ravenheart @ 5/22/2014 10:17 PM

Sorry, for some reason I typed Orson Welles scenario instead of George Orwell. My apologies to both men.

Strip @ 5/23/2014 5:56 AM

Save the lead and tie a plastic bag over their head.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/27/2014 2:28 AM

The use of a firing squad is a less effective means in that it causes considerable psychological stress upon the firing squad itself (this was why the Nazi's gave up using firing squads for executions, it devastated morale) The last execution by firing squad in the USA was Gary Gilmore. Gilmore was executed on January 17, 1977, at 8:07 a.m. by firing squad at Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Five gunmen, local police officers, stood concealed behind a curtain with five small holes, through which they aimed their rifles. Gilmore had requested that his organs be donated for transplant purposes. Within hours of the execution, two people received his corneas. His body was then sent for autopsy and was cremated later that day. The following day, his ashes were scattered from an airplane over Spanish Fork, Utah. No execution means are full proof and mistakes can be made with any method used. But one positive thing about execution is the chance of getting out to repeat the crime is impossible.

Ret. Motor Boots @ 5/28/2014 9:32 PM

Actually, Utah’s last Firing Squad was in 2010 for Ronnie Lee Gardner, and the one before that was in 1996.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/29/2014 2:00 AM

What I meant to say was: After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a new series of death penalty statutes in the 1976 decision Gregg v. Georgia, he became the first person executed in the United States in ten years. His execution restarted the national trend in executions.

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