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South Carolina Bringing Back The FIRING SQUAD For Death Sentences

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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.

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.”

So what do you think? Was bringing back the firing squad the right move?

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Last meal should be only plant based products.

    The family of the victims, if they so desire, should be given cattle prods and hatchets for one hour justice intervention. A vinegar shower. A swim with piranhas, then throw them to the pigs. Not likely to happen as this would be cruel and unusual punishment to the pigs.

    See how humane a firing squad looks now. Do it!

  2. The firing squad is actually the most humane method available, by far. They have no idea whether there is suffering with the lethal injection, but there sure is with the gas chamber and electric chair. With the firing squad, it’s over in literally a heart beat. Even Justice Sotomayer argues its the most humane way.

  3. I think Utah or Oregon still has hanging as an option.

    I’d need to see the skills of the firing squad before making my decision though. Can’t have some bozo miss and end up as a vegetable in prison who can’t be executed because that would be “inhumane.”

  4. I’m not going to lie, I’d 1000% request firing squad. Either that, or the guillotine. Both are better than watching Gretchen on Fox & Friends back in the day. Thank G-d for podcasts when I’m in a hotel.

    In WWI, they (generally the Brits, who are a shameful bunch of assholes for a multitude of reasons) put a white piece of cloth over the heart of the condemned, and have 5+ guys shoot at it. I’m running from Verdun or Gallipoli, clearly I need to be shot as a coward :rolleyes: . It wasn’t until later (as I understand it) that civil versions of firing squads loaded some rifles with blanks/squibs so nobody was sure who actually killed the condemned.

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