Mississippi wants to bring back firing squads.
The Associated Press reported:
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.
Republican Rep. Andy Gipson says House Bill 638 is a response to lawsuits by "liberal, left-wing radicals."
The bill passed the House amid opposition Wednesday, and moves to the Senate.
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.The firing squad has a historic place in modern executions.
The Supreme Court essentially banned the death penalty in the 1960s.
In 1973, the Court re-opened the death penalty for babies deemed inconvenient by their mothers, also known as abortion.
In 1976, the Court re-opened the death penalty for convicted criminals.
The first executed was Gary Gilmore in Utah on January 17, 1977, at 8:07 a.m., local time.
By a firing squad.
At his request.
His last words were "Let's do it."
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