Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bring back the firing squads

Liberals pushed us away from hangings and firing squads to the electric chair, which they then said was cruel, to gas chambers, which they then said was cruel, to lethal injections, which they then said was cruel and whose chemicals are no longer sold.

Mississippi wants to bring back firing squads.

Good.

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."

Indeed.

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25 comments:

  1. It has been five years since the death penalty has been carried out here. Fire away!!

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  2. I second the motion. Bring back firing squads. - Elric

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  3. And if anyone objects that the last moments of the executed are painful, switch to head shots.

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    1. Kim Jong Unintelligent uses air defense guns for executing dissidents. Problem is clean up after.

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  4. Compared to some of the methods ISIS uses to kill people - beheading, burnt alive, drowning in a cage, tossed from a tall building - a firing squad appears very humane to me.

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    1. That's the whole point of the phrase "cruel & unusual." Go back and examine some of the punishments enforced by the English Crown. A firing squad or a drop-hanging is merciful by comparison. Honestly if I were to be executed I would prefer firing squad first, then drop-hanging. Third choice would be gangland execution-style bullet in the back of the head. Let's not draw this out...

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  5. We euthanize our beloved pets by lethal injection, many of whom have more intrinsic worth and usefulness to society than the killers some agonize over. And public hangings are cheap and effective and certainly more humane and moral than ripping apart innocent babies in private abortion abattoirs. I don't understand all the fuss.

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    1. The key word is "public." I can make good, solid philosophical arguments on either side of the issue, but if we're to allow the government a lethal option, it MUST be public, not hidden from view except for the authorized witnesses.

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  6. Just give the prisoner a knockout drug and submerge him in water for an hour. Guaranteed to be fatal.

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  7. 11 simultaneous hits to the chest by a 30.06 or .308 at 20 or 30 yards will knock the subject's breath out, render their lungs useless and instantly stop the heart. That's it. DRT - dead right there .... period.

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    1. No, no, no. The point of a firing squad is that there are ten blanks and ONE live round, and no member knows which rifle is the terminal shot.
      As to caliber, any large animal hunting round is adequate.

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    2. I've fired blanks, and you can for sure tell the difference between a blank and a live round. That "no one knows" crap to be just that.

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  8. Even criminals used to have rules.

    This will bring them back.

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  9. Bring back hanging - a short drop and a sudden stop.

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  10. Bring back the guillotine, aka the "National Razor." As far as I know, the condemned feels no pain and the execution is swift, unlike the cruel beheadings of the Islamic terrorists in which they saw off the heads of their victims.

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  11. So lethal injection chemicals are no longer sold? Huh. Woulda sworn I heard of somebody dying from taking too many sleeping pills, so seems to me like they're still sold. Just more crapola being sold as truth.

    And if going to sleep and not waking up is too cruel, then everything is too cruel. Which is their point, I guess.

    Personally I think the cruellest thing of all is to be confined with a bunch of thugs for the rest of my life, with no command over my own body or mind; I'd take any other escape, and think the firing squad was merciful, compared to that!

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  12. While they're at it, bring back the rockpile nationwide.

    Ten Years Hard would be a wake-up call for some.

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  13. Offer natural causes as an alternate method. Sounds good, right? Then feed the S.O.B to a hungry lion. About as natural as you can get.

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  14. Nitrogen atmosphere or Carbon Monoxide.

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  15. Firing squad is the man's way to die.

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  16. The Russians had the quickest execution. Bullet in the back of the head. Take out the brain stem. Bullet travels faster than nerve impulses. Lights out before any sensation can register.

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    1. And the Party sent the family a bill for the cost of the bullet.

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  17. Sometime in the 50-60's there was a science fiction short story that tracked a similar path of correctness and in a case of capital punishment the judges followed the historical convoluted legal path and came to the conclusion that the criminal had to be executed by bow and arrow.

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