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Well, this is something you don’t see every day.
The state of South Carolina is bringing back firing squads, as lawmakers voted to add it to its list of execution methods on Wednesday. So what’s the reason for the return? According to Breaking 911, the decision comes because of a lack of lethal-injection drugs.
BREAKING: South Carolina lawmakers vote to add firing squad to state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs; GOP Gov. Henry McMaster says he'll sign the bill – AP
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 5, 2021
The state House voted 66-43, and now if lethal injection drugs aren’t available, inmates on death row can choose between the electric chair and the firing squad. The state Senate approved the bill back in March.
According to Fox News, South Carolina is now the fourth state to offer a firing squad. I’m not sure how I didn’t know that already, but here we are.
Republican Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted this out after the vote:
“We are one step closer to providing victims’ families and loved ones with the justice and closure they are owed by law. I will sign this legislation as soon as it gets to my desk.”
We are one step closer to providing victims’ families and loved ones with the justice and closure they are owed by law. I will sign this legislation as soon as it gets to my desk.
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) May 5, 2021
So what do you think? Was bringing back the firing squad the right move?
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