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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Firing squads? Mo. Legislature strikes again

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST

Anyone who pays even remote attention to the Missouri legislature will not be surprised that a bill has been filed,introducing a firing squad as a new way of carrying out the death penalty in the Show-Me State.

Nothing says “Show-Me” like five hooded “peace officers” firing bullets into a convicted killer, probably before his final appeal has been ruled on by the federal courts.

In Missouri, we don’t let anything get in the way of us killing those who we have determined deserve it — not the federal courts, dyslexic doctors, unlicensed drugs, or improperly obtained ones.

In the “My daddy can beat up your daddy” culture in the legislature, we can imagine how the bill filed by state Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, will end up.

There will be an amendment to require the firing squad to use military-style assault weapons, preferably the kind that were once illegal. The amendment will specify that the rifles will be fully automatic.

Surely, an armed Missouri House of Representatives staffer should be on the firing squad, as long as he doesn’t accidentally leave his loaded weapon in a Capitol restroom.

Copyright The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reprinted with permission.


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