Missouri Lawmaker Wants Firing Squads, Too
Proposed bill follows similar one in Wyoming
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2014 5:01 PM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2014 7:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – Do two states make a trend? After a lawmaker in Wyoming proposed the return of firing squads, a lawmaker in Missouri has done the same, reports Raw Story. State Rep. Rick Brattin filed a bill this week that would allow the state to execute prisoners the old-fashioned way, in part because of the national shortage of drugs typically used. "If the judgment of death is to be carried out by firing squad, the director of the department of corrections shall select a five-person firing squad consisting of licensed peace officers," reads his bill.

The topic is gaining more steam after Thursday's controversial execution of Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire with untested drugs. McGuire struggled to breathe for about 10 minutes, and his family is now suing after likening it to "torture." The prospects for Brattin's bill aren't clear. But Pitch.com takes note of another of his in the pipeline: He wants to require schools that teach evolution to notify parents and allow them to opt out.

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Reader55549798
Jan 24, 2014 2:21 PM CST
How is this not state sponsored vigilantism?
Jeff Liu
Jan 21, 2014 12:50 AM CST
I'm surprised more people aren't for this considering how they'd want to murder murderers themselves in the same way. Plain fickleness and hypocrisy I guess.
Righthere
Jan 20, 2014 4:02 PM CST
Beware of any lawmaker that would want to bring back firing squads. They have an ulterior motive. Mormons have the idea that if you have committed murder, the only way you can be forgiven is if your blood is spilled on the ground. Which is completely wrong. The only blood that atones for ALL sins is Jesus'. Not your own.