Fla. Politician: It's Time to Bring Back Firing Squads

Lethal injection is too painless, argues state Rep. Brad Drake
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2011 11:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lethal injection is just such a pleasant way to die. At least according to Florida state Rep. Brad Drake, who wants to put an end to the execution method in the state. He argues that Death Row killers shouldn't be allowed to "get off that easy"; the electric chair would be more appropriate he says—as would a firing squad. Drake this week filed a bill that would put an end to lethal injection and give convicts facing death the choice of the latter two, reports the AP.

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"I think if you ask a hundred people, not even talking to criminals, how would you like to die, if you were drowned, if you were shot, and if you say you were put to sleep, 90% of some of the people would say I want to be put to sleep," says the Republican, who apparently equates lethal injection with taking a permanent nap. "Let's put our pants back on the right way," Drake urges, adding that his proposed switch would force death row inmates to think about their punishment "every morning." And they'd be getting off easy, because, as reported by the Florida Current, if it were up to Drake, "we would just throw them off the Sunshine Skyway bridge and be done with it." Mediaite notes that Keith Olbermann is not a fan of the idea. (Click for another odd political push in Florida.)

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