The South Carolina State House voted on Wednesday to add the firing squad to the list of the state’s possible execution methods. Kind of strange to see that making a comeback, right? Also makes you wonder how often, if ever, this method will actually be chosen. There are plenty of people on death row who deserve a bullet, that’s for sure.
The legislation, which was approved by a 66-43 vote, will mandate that death-row inmates select either firing squad or electrocution in the event that lethal injection drugs are not available at the time of their scheduled execution. The Senate approved much the same bill in March by a vote of 32-11, which means the bill will likely soon go to Republican Governor Henry McMaster, who has already said he plans to sign it.advertisement — content continues below
“We are one step closer to providing victims’ families and loved ones with the justice and closure they are owed by law,” McMaster posted in a tweet on Wednesday after the vote concluded. “I will sign this legislation as soon as it gets to my desk.”
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) May 5, 2021advertisement — content continues below
This makes South Carolina the fourth state in the country to now allow the firing squad. Many other states have struggled to secure the drugs necessary to carry out lethal injection executions for criminals. One Republican officials went on to say that wasn’t fair.
“Those families of victims to these capital crimes are unable to get any closure because we are caught in this limbo stage where every potential appeal has been exhausted and the legally imposed sentences cannot be carried out,” Rep. Weston Newton said.
I wonder how many liberals will lose their minds over this?