Missouri bill would allow execution using firing squad

Friday, January 17, 2014 | 11:42 a.m. CST; updated 4:10 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 18, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri could carry out executions with firing squads under legislation proposed in the House.

The state currently puts inmates to death with injections of lethal drugs, although existing law also permits use of lethal gas — the method by which 39 people were executed from 1938 to 1965.

The House bill adds an option of executions by firing squads consisting of five law enforcement officers chosen by the state corrections director.

Missouri's next execution is scheduled for Jan. 29.

The state recently switched from three-drug to single-drug lethal injections after pharmaceutical companies stopped selling the three drugs to prisons. It's unclear where Missouri obtains the single drug, and there have been demands to halt executions until the source is revealed.




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Richard Saunders January 17, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.

Why not stoning?

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Ellis Smith January 17, 2014 | 3:01 p.m.

Well, Richard, there could be problems.

First, stoning isn't particularly "efficent" as a killing medium, especially if those throwing the stones have poor aim.

There's another problem. Columbia seems to have its share of self-declared atheists*, but we must consider there are also Columbians who believe in the exact words set forth in the New Testament.

So? There's that admonition: "let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Can we FIND anyone worthy to cast the first stone? That's a VERY serious problem!

*- Even to the point of having declared their atheism in this newspaper.

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