This is what the firing squad execution chamber looks like in Utah, where Governor Gary Herbert approved the execution of prisoners by firing squad. I wonder how he would feel if he were one of the firing squad looking at this with a person sitting inside it. Could he pull the trigger? By making it “legal” he has pulled the trigger the same as if he were right there.
Brady McCombs, of the Associated Press, posted an article today describing how firing squads operate. It was a chilling description of murder. The inmate is seated in the chair and a target is placed over their heart. They are given two minutes to say some last words and then five shooters with .30 caliber Winchester rifles fire at the target.
This barbaric method, which has not been legal in any state for the last 40 years, should not be allowed. In fact, executions should not be allowed at all. We are not murderers. If someone has committed murder or some other heinous crime, keep them in prison for life. Let us not lower ourselves to the level of killers of men and women.