GOP State Set To Bring Back Firing-squads

( )- Here’s a story you probably weren’t expecting…South Carolina is set to bring back firing squads as one of its legal methods of execution for murderers and criminals. The decision to introduce the simpler and old-fashioned method of execution comes during a shortage of drugs used to perform lethal injections.

On Wednesday, the state House of Representatives voted in favor of new legislation – 66-43 – that would allow inmates on death row to choose their method of execution. Murderers and dangerous criminals can choose between being electrocuted or being shot if lethal injection drugs aren’t available.

South Carolina is one of nine states that still use the electric chair, and is – again, perhaps surprisingly – the fourth state that still uses firing squads.

The bill was approved by the state Senate in March, but after another vote in the House is now all set to be signed by Republican Governor Henry McMaster, who has confirmed that he plans to sign the legislation.

“We are one step closer to providing victims’ families and loved ones with the justice and closure they are owed by law,” he said on Twitter following the vote.

“I will sign this legislation as soon as it gets to my desk.”

The decision is a controversial one, with many campaigners opposed to the legislation not just because it involves guns but also because they vehemently oppose the death penalty. Democratic Rep. Justin Bamberg cited the case of George Stinney who was the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th Century.

The young man’s conviction for killing two girls was thrown out in 2014, while the case actually occurred in 1944. Stinney was killed via electric chair, but the straps didn’t fit around his small body.

“So not only did South Carolina give the electric chair to the youngest person ever in America, but the boy was innocent,” Bamberg said.

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