South Carolina’s governor just signed a law adding the firing squad to the state’s arsenal of execution methods. It requires inmates on death row to choose the firing squad or the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are not available.
Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah are the only other states that authorize use of the firing squad as a means to put someone to death.
Today’s read is from Armstrong Williams, the host of “The Armstrong Williams Show”; a nationally broadcast show that airs on Sinclair Broadcast Group and Howard Stirk Holdings affiliates. Here’s a brief excerpt:
There must be some form to hold murderers accountable and, historically, the death penalty has been the most effective way of doing so. It could very well be that a firing squad is the most humane way, especially compared to lethal injection, where there have been cases of prisoners experiencing excruciating pain for over an hour. These examples are certainly worthy of our consideration and discussion. But one thing is clear: We still need the death penalty, if for no other reason, as a deterrent for other potential criminals.
Read the entire column here.