The right to choose…

TPM reports that some dumb-ass Florida state Rep. wants to eliminate lethal injection as a method to kill death row inmates…and replace it with execution by firing squad.

Drake said…his bill is a response to debate over the effectiveness of the cocktail of drugs currently used for lethal injections. “So, I say let’s end the debate,” he said. “We still have Old Sparky. And if that doesn’t suit the criminal, then we will provide them a .45 caliber lead cocktail instead.”

Some states, like Florida, still allow death row inmates to choose between electrocution and lethal injection. Drake’s bill would replace the lethal injection option with a firing squad.

Hmmm…if lethal injection is controversial because it may, potentially, be ineffective, how could a bullet to the head (or heart) be any less controversial from the perspective of effectiveness? There are numerous recorded cases of individuals surviving a firing squad, and in some cases, going on to recover from their injuries.

Man…those Floridians sound like a bunch of fucking barbarians to even think about such a method!

Oh wait….

At 12:17 a.m. Friday, convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner was pronounced dead after a Utah firing squad fired a volley of bullets into the murderer’s chest, where a target was pinned over his heart. It was the first execution by firing squad in the United States in 14 years.

That was in June of 2010!

I think Jon Huntsman would see an immediate rise in his poll numbers by pointing out that he was Governor of the state until about a year before this execution. Oh…and that, as Governor, he would have personally joined the firing squad.

Man…I’m glad I don’t live in one of those barbaric states like Florida or Utah. I mean, we don’t do shit like firing squads, do we?

Washington utilizes two methods of execution: lethal injection and hanging. Lethal injection is used unless the inmate under sentence of death chooses hanging as the preferred execution method.

Oh.

Well…if it’s good enough for Iran, Iraq and the KKK, I guess it’s good enough for us.

At least we’re pro-choice barbarians! I mean how often was the KKK all like, “Hey Boy, y’all prefer to be lynched by hangin’, by firing squad, or by gettin’ dragged behind a pick-up truck?”

Yes…we’re definitely superior.

Comments

  1. 1

    ButtPutty's fetid syphilitic brain spews:

    Guillotine! Guillotine!

    Time tested, proven design.
    Tests have shown it works every time.

  2. 4

    the umpire spews:

    slow strangulation is probably too gentle a death for some of these cretins.

    boiling alive? thats a good one too.

    stop being a pussy darwhyle

  3. 5

    proud leftist spews:

    As a race, we have come so far with regard to our means of execution–from stonings, drawing and quarterings, and crucifixions, we have moved to lethal injections with doctors standing by to certify death. Such evolution makes me so proud of humankind.

  4. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    You’re being too kind to the KKK, Darryl. Choking them with a rope was the least of what some Klansmen did to their victims.

  5. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Anybody have any suggestions about what to do with the white guy who shot up a California hair salon today? That apparently grew out of a child custody dispute. Two more victims have died bringing the toll to 8 dead and 1 critically wounded. Should this guy be executed? Nah, he’s crazy, make him spend the rest of his life in a rubber room.

  6. 10

    proud leftist spews:

    Rabbit
    Sorry, my friend, but institutionalized killing is always wrong. Whether by hanging, firing squad, or lethal injection. I don’t feel stronger about anything else we do wrong in this country, but that. Sure, we want revenge upon those who commit heinous crimes. But, exacting revenge makes us smaller. I hate capital punishment. It is wrong.

  7. 11

    rhp6033 spews:

    I was just reading about executions for desertions during the Civil War.

    It seems that Union Maj. General Meade (of Gettysburg fame) ordered the execution of four deserters. In the fashion of the times, the deserters were tied and blindfolded, and placed sitting on their coffins. The first volley wounded one of the prisoners, none others were hit. The second volley wounded two more prisoners, at which point the third got up and tried to get loose from his bindings and run. The third volley brought down the poor chap who was trying to run (wounded), killed one of the other wounded, and didn’t hit anyone else. The fourth volley killed one more, and hit two of the three remaining wounded with less-than-lethal shots. The fifth volley killed all but one of the wounded. At that point the officer in charge strode fourth and finished the job on the final live prisoner with a shot from his pistol – at close range.

    The speculation was over whether the firing squad had bad powder, very poor aim, or if most of them were “pulling their shots”, not wanting to be responsible for ending the life of a fellow soldier.

  8. 12

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    “At least we’re pro-choice barbarians!”

    Hey, a lot of us are decendants of barbarians. Let’s not bad-mouth the them!

  9. 15

    notrouble spews:

    @10 I agree. If they are not suitable for a free society lock them up for life. Treat them humanly but keep their uncivilized behavior under control and prevent them from harming others.