Skip to comments.Mississippi considers firing squad as method of execution
Posted on 02/10/2017 12:27:23 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as execution methods in case a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs.
House Bill 638 is a response to lawsuits filed by "liberal, left-wing radicals," said House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, a Republican.
The bill passed the House amid opposition Wednesday, and it moves to the Senate for more debate.
Lethal injection is Mississippi's only execution method. The state faces lawsuits claiming the drugs it plans to use would violate constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment.
Mississippi hasn't been able to acquire the execution drugs it once used, and it last carried out an execution in 2012. The state has 47 people on death row , and some have been there for decades.
The 33 states with the death penalty all have lethal injection as the primary method of execution, according to the Death Penalty Information Center . The center says only Oklahoma and Utah have firing squad as an option; eight states have electrocution as an option; five have gas chamber as an option; and three have hanging as an option.
"I have a constituent whose daughter was raped and killed by a serial killer over 25 years ago and that person's still waiting for the death penalty. The family is still waiting for justice," said Gipson, an attorney and Baptist pastor who lives in the small town of Braxton, about 25 miles south of Jackson. . .
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Ol' sparky.. or the firing squad.
I think it should be left up to the family of the victim.
Firing squad ? “liberal, left-wing radicals,” ?
Nice. The words go together like birds of a feather .
Public executions should also be brought back so that in death lessons can be taught .
My guess is that no one will fight harder than the liberals against eradicating ambiguity because they do their best work in an atmosphere of confusion.
What ever happened to hanging?
Plane on fire!!!
It’s probably the most fast and humane way; a bullet to the head.
To get around the “cruel and unusual” argument, they should use starvation/dehydration. The left swears that’s euphoric.
I’m in love with that idea.
And with the efficiency of a firing squad. Will save the taxpayers some money.
Historically, execution has not been found to be ‘cruel and unusual’ per the Constitution although some methods have been found to be.
What ever gets the job done—poison, hammer to the head, or the firing squad.—Its it was good enough for Emperor Maximilian its good enough for our criminals.
See a perp's head explode from a .308 round would be a deterrent to a life of crime.
A bullet to the heart is actually the most guaranteed and quickest way. Unpredictable things can happen with a head shot.
Reasonably quick, easy, painless, no mess to clean up: Nitrogen asphyxiation.
‘bout damned time.
What’s wrong with just running them over with a truck?
Funny how Democrats are against the death penalty yet for assassination and violence against Trump and his supporters!
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