Utah lawmaker: Bring back firing squad executions

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  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    May 21, 2014 5:52 a.m.

    For that matter, we could always bring back the guillotine...

  • shuttdlrl Smith River, CA
    May 20, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Prisons are a waste of time and taxpayer money. We should use the military as a place for offenders to make restitution for their crimes and hope for a change of heart before they get to the point of no return.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    May 19, 2014 9:25 p.m.


    What I'm saying is: I'm disgusted how the liberal media wring their collective hands at the thought that Clayton Lockett may have felt some pain before dying. Every effort was made to ensure this piece of human debris had a quiet, peaceful and painless death. (Which, I might add is quite the opposite of being beaten, shot twice, laughed at, and then buried alive).

    Clayton Lockett died more peacefully than many people do who die of natural causes. Yet, when there is the slightest indication that this monster may have felt the tiniest twinge of discomfort, liberals start crying and conflating his death to cruel and unusual punishment. This unnatural affection liberals show toward murderers is like spitting on the graves of their victims. The family of Stephanie Neiman must be hurt beyond belief to see these liberals mourn over Lockett. How can they be so insensitive, so heartless, so callous? It simply grosses me out.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    May 19, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    Gee --

    Why don't we just do what the only other countries still using the Death Penalty do?

    North Korea

    You know -- disgusting, barbaric 3rd world countries.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 19, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    airnaut/open minded (depending on whether you are using a home or work email address)

    we have a little thing in this country called a court system, that is supposed to be independent of the executive branch. It is there to prevent your little nazi analogy.

    thanks for playing, though.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    May 19, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    As the Nuemberg trials showed the world --

    Under German lasw, the Nazi Holocaust was 100% "legal".

    The State had the right to execute it's citizens,
    The State took those laws -- AND the power given to the State - and twisted them.

    The first thing Germany did after WWII, was take away the power of the Government to kill any of it's citizens (even for murder) -- by abolishing "State Sponsored" executions [Death Penalties],
    so that the Holocaust could never happen again there.

    In America -- it still could.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 19, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    LDS Lib,
    Capt Moroni did it, and those executed had not even committed murder. Tell him he was wrong.

    What the legislator is suggesting would prevent botched executions. We are saying it is NOT OK to torture a man to death, and a few 30 cal slugs would prevent botched executions.

    do you even know what the founders meant by "cruel and unusual punishment?"

    Ever hear of keel-hauling?

    ever hear of being drawn and quartered?

    That was cruel and unusual. A number of 30 caliber slugs to the torso is fast, merciful, and relatively painless.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 19, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    Harrison Bergeron -

    What you seem to be saying is that cruel and unusual punishment should become cruel and usual punishment.

    It's OK to torture a man to death?

    And it's especially OK if it's done under the auspices of government.

    Right/Wrong Wingers are somewhat conflicted, don't you think?

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    May 18, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    I'm disgusted how the liberal media wring their collective hands at the thought that Clayton Lockett may have felt a little bit pain before dying. What about Stephanie Neiman?

    Stephanie was forced to stand by the grave being dug for her for 20 minutes. Then, Lockett shot her once, but his gun jammed. So he walked back to the truck to fix it, listening to Stephanie cry, "Oh God! Please! Please!" He returned and shot her again. But Stephanie was still breathing, so Lockett told his accomplices to bury her anyway. Coughing while dirt was shoveled onto her face, she was buried alive.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 18, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    We should STOPPING executions,
    not going staying or going back to medieval times.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    May 18, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    I respect legislators who have the courage to do the right thing, even if it appears politically incorrect. This proposal makes sense given the problems with lethal injection. Furthermore, it sends a message to the European countries who refuse to sell the chemicals for an effective and painless lethal injection, that they have no power to dictate politics in the U.S. Actually, the victim's family should have the choice of the type of execution the condemned murderer receives, not the murderer. He didn't give his victims a choice; he should not have a choice. That's only fair. But firing squad is effective and humane. Incidentally, 4 of the 5 guns have real bullets, hence the 4 holes shown in the "after execution" photos from the Ronnie Gardner execution.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2014 7:56 p.m.

    I think Mr. Gardner did not "stand" when he was shot, but was strapped to a chair. Basic research would have made that pretty clear, had the author taken the time. I am sure the DesNews has file photographs of the room and chair that would have been helpful to the story. It is also my understanding that only one or maybe two of the rifles are armed with bullets, the other three, or four have blanks. Mr. Gardner was also wearing a hood, and the firing squad was in a booth of some sort to hid identity from the witnessing group.

    I realize the story is about the concept of execution not the mechanics, but standing before a firing squad is a bit melodramatic. Some basic background would be nice.

    Oh, the reason for being strapped into the chair. No one likes a moving target.

  • benjoginko Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    Seems if we really want to be able to kill people with out pain and suffering we could put them out like we do for surgery and cut their jugular. They would never feel a thing.