March 24, 2015 7:30 am -

Firing squads are back in Utah, but only if they can’t get the right lethal drugs.


[su_right_ad]Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it “a little bit gruesome.”

…The governor’s office, in a statement announcing the new law, noted that other states allow execution methods other than lethal injection. In Washington state, inmates can request hanging. In New Hampshire, hangings are fallback if lethal injections can’t be given. And an Oklahoma law would allow the state to use firing squads if lethal injections and electrocutions are ever declared unconstitutional.

Utah’s new approval of firing squads carries no such legal caveat and represents the latest example of frustration over botched executions and the difficulty of obtaining lethal injection drugs as manufacturers opposed to capital punishment have made them off-limits to prisons.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, argued that a team of trained marksmen is faster and more decent than the drawn-out deaths involved when lethal injections go awry — or even if they go as planned.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

8 responses to Welcome To Utah–And Firing Squads

  1. StoneyCurtisll March 24th, 2015 at 10:57 am


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  3. Gina March 24th, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Suffice to look at the picture…

  4. StoneyCurtisll March 24th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    And they say the cutting off of heads is a barbaric form of execution..
    “shoot em to death with guns” is the Uhmerican way…

  5. fahvel March 24th, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    if a state wants to murder someone they don’t like, what is the difference how it’s done? A barbaric nation like saudi arabia and the taliban folks and the usa (texas?) enjoy the ceremony. Says a lot eh?

  6. bpollen March 24th, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    The firing squad should consist of the Gov and the leaders of the state legislature(s). If you insist on murdering people, you should at least be man enough to do it yourself.

    To paraphrase Devo: Are we not men? No, we’re Republicans!

  7. Gadea March 24th, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    At least, in America, they are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced.
    They had a trial and were found guilty.