Utah Lawmaker: Bring Back Firing Squads

    The execution chamber at the Utah State Prison is seen after Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by a firing squad in Draper June 18, 2010. Four bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the chair. Gardner, 49, was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m.  Mountain Time (0620 GMT) after being shot in the chest by a five-man firing squad at the Utah State Prison in Draper, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Gardner was condemned to die for the 1985 courthouse shooting of attorney Michael Burdell during an escape attempt. Gardner had been in court to face a charge of murdering a bartender. REUTERS/Trent Nelson-Salt Lake Tribune/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2FDHS

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    The botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month has spurred a national debate over the death penalty, but a Republican Utah state legislator has a solution: bring back the firing squads. Rep. Paul Ray said "It sounds like the Wild West, but it’s probably the most humane way to kill somebody." The firing squad method is relatively not that unusual in Utah. As recently as 2010, a convict was executed by five officers shooting .30-caliber Winchester rifles. However, since the Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to be re-instated in 1976, only three people have been executed that way. Ray realizes that his firing squad suggestion may rub people the wrong way. "It sounds draconian,” Ray said. "It sounds really bad, but the minute the bullet hits your heart, you’re dead. There’s no suffering."

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