Here’s an idea we all might be up for, especially in regard to rapists, child molesters and murderers.
Republican Utah State Representative Paul Ray is proposing the measure of bringing back firing squads for executions and he is going to bring it up for consideration in the next state assembly. The last execution by firing squad in Utah, actually, is not that far back in the past. In 2010 five police officers, using .30 .30 Winchester rifles executed Ronnie Lee Gardner.
The state had actually outlawed execution by firing squad in 2004, but inmates who’d been sentenced to death before that date were still given the option of firing squad, a means which Rep. Ray says is the most humane way to kill someone. It’s relatively quick and painless, and he’s brought the issue up due to the recently botched lethal injection execution in Oklahoma in which it took the inmate nearly one hour to die.
“The prisoner dies instantly,” Ray said of the firing squad. “It sounds draconian. It sounds really bad, but the minute the bullet hits your heart, you’re dead. There’s no suffering.”
Currently, there are two other inmates in Utah who are set to be executed by firing squad, but they are still years away from execution, as the legal system in the U.S., a mockery the world over, allows for exhausting appeals for convicted murders and rapists that allow most inmates on death row to actually die of old age in prison, at a cost of roughly $50,000 per year each, payable by the U.S. tax payer.