Politicians Call for Use of Firing Squad as America Runs Out of Lethal Injections
January 18, 2014 3 Comments
Politicians in two American states have called for the right to carry out executions by firing squad, if they are unable to obtain drugs for lethal injections.
Pharmaceutical companies which oppose the death penalty have stopped producing the necessary chemicals for lethal injections, making it increasingly hard to source the required drugs.
This week a man from Ohio suffered a long and agonising death when a new chemical was used for the first time – owing to a lack of usual lethal injections.
A gasping, snorting Dennis McGuire took 26 minutes to die after the chemicals began flowing on Thursday – the longest execution of the 53 carried out in Ohio since capital punishment resumed 15 years ago…