Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Word for the Firing Squad

Ann Althouse points to a revived debate in Utah over the use of a firing squad versus lethal injection in death penalty executions.

I've never understood the appeal of lethal injections. To me, there is a certain Dr. Mengele quality to it that is repellant. A firing squad of skilled marksmen is far preferable although it may possess a certain air of nobility that criminals who've earned the death penalty do not deserve. [I recall reading that the firing squad was denied Nazi war criminals due to that reason. They were hanged.]

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