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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs.
The proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield would call for a firing squad if the state cannot obtain the lethal injection drugs 30 days before the scheduled execution.
"We have to have an option," Ray told reporters Wednesday. "If we go hanging, if we go to the guillotine, or we go to the firing squad, electric chair, you're still going to have the same circus atmosphere behind it. So is it really going to matter?"
Under current Utah law, death by firing squad is only an option for criminals sentenced to death before 2004. It was last used in 2010.
I thought that this was kind of interesting, and I guess there really is no humane way to kill an human being. There are problems with lethal injections, problems with the electric chair, problems with the firing squad (according to the article, they missed a man's heart and it took him nearly 30 mins to die).
I have mixed opinions on the death penalty. Sometimes I support it and other times I'm not really sure - mainly because I think the costs of keeping someone on death row are ridiculous. At the same time, if someone killed a friend or family member of mine then I would not want to be on the same planet as them. It's not really about revenge, in my opinion. I guess it all just depends on the case too.
How do you feel about the death penalty? What about the ways that people are executed? Firing squad, hanging, lethal injection, electric chair? Is there really a "humane" way of going about executing those on death row? Do you think that there is a sort of circus atmosphere surrounding the whole thing?
Speak to me.