6.16.2010

really? a firing squad?

from cnn.com today:

Five anonymous marksmen will use matching .30-caliber rifles, standing behind a wall cut with five gunports. One of the rifles will be an "ineffective" round, similar to a blank, which delivers the same recoil as a live round. That ensures none of the riflemen will know who delivered the fatal shot.

The marksmen fire from a distance of 25 feet. The inmate is blindfolded, strapped to a chair and a target pinned to his chest.


i cannot, for the life of me, wrap my brain around this. seriously utah? a firing squad? i thought we lived in america...a country of civility. i'm not a proponent of capital punishment. i don't think it deters criminals...it doesn't respect the sanctity of all life...it's more expensive than alternatives...sometimes innocent people get executed...it ignores the possibility of redemption...my list could go on and on.

but utah...really? if you absolutely insist on killing him...at least pretend to be humane about it.

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