Oct 122011

A state representative in Florida (Republican, of course) has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would do away with lethal injection as the means of execution. Instead, the prisoner would be given the option of death by firing squad. If he declined the firing squad, he would be electrocuted.

Compassionate conservativism. (Not even sure if that is a word, but it should be if it isn’t.)

State Rep. files bill to add firing squad to death penalty laws

State Rep. Brad Drake filed a bill Tuesday that would eliminate lethal injection as a method for execution in Florida. Instead, people facing the death penalty would be allowed to choose execution by firing squad.

Electrocution still would be allowed under the bill.

Drake, R-Eucheeanna, said in a news release issued Tuesday night that he filed the bill in response to debate over the effectiveness of certain drugs used in lethal injection executions.

“So, I say let’s end the debate,” he said in the release. “We still have Old Sparky. And if that doesn’t suit the criminal, then we will provide them a .45 caliber lead cocktail instead.”

Republicans, can’t live with them and… well, that’s it. You can’t live with them. All our lives would sure be better without them.