SALT LAKE CITY – Utah lawmakers have passed a bill that would make their state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out death sentences if there is a shortage of lethal injection drugs.
The passage of the bill by the state Senate on Tuesday, March 10th, 2105, comes as states struggle to obtain lethal injection drugs amid a nationwide shortage.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield, touted the measure as being a more humane form of execution. Ray argued that a team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than the drawn-out deaths that have occurred in botched lethal injections.
S2N Media is confused as to how Clearfield arrived at his assertion that a firing squad would be more humane than lethal injections. Yeah we get the botched ones but what's to guarantee that bullets of a firing squad won't fail to immediately kill?
Clearfield said this about firing squads as an alternative method death for death row criminals.
"We would love to get the lethal injection worked out so we can continue with that but if not, now we have a backup plan," Ray told The Associated Press.So if Utah can't kill death row inmates by lethal injections then they'll do it by bullet.