Bill Approving Not Just Gassing and Electric Chair but Firing Squad for Execution Passes in Mississippi

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by Joseph Jankowski

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a few rather brutal methods of the death penalty if a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs.

The AP reports:

Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as execution methods in case a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs.

Republican Rep. Andy Gipson says House Bill 638 is a response to lawsuits by “liberal, left-wing radicals.”

The bill passed the House amid opposition Wednesday, and moves to the Senate.

Lethal injection is Mississippi’s only execution method. The state faces lawsuits claiming the drugs it plans to use would violate constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment.

Of the 33 states with the death penalty, only Oklahoma and Utah have firing squad as an option.

HB 638 reads:

(2)  If the method of execution authorized in subsection (1) of this section is held unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction or is otherwise unavailable, then the sentence of death shall be carried out by nitrogen hypoxia.

(3)  If the methods of execution authorized in subsections (1) and (2) of this section are held unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction or are otherwise unavailable, then the sentence of death shall be carried out by firing squad.

(4)  If the methods of execution authorized in subsections (1), (2) and (3) of this section are held unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction or are otherwise unavailable, then the sentence of death shall be carried out by electrocution.

According to House Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, the bill has the support of Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood.

“I have a constituent whose daughter was raped and killed 25 years ago and the person is still awaiting execution,” Gipson told the Clarion-Ledger. “If we want to have the death penalty, this bill will give us options.”

The last time Mississippi executed someone was in 2012. Since then, a federal lawsuit in the state’s Supreme Court concerning lethal injection drugs has led to a decrease in the supply of lethal doses.

Mississippi currently has 47 inmates currently on death row.

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  • David E

    A federal lawsuit in the state supreme court?

  • Syllamo

    Sounds like choked, shot and tazed.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    I’m torn on this. . .

    On one hand. . . if you take a person’s life without very compelling reasons, you forfeit your own.
    On the other hand, innocents get caught up in the system, and taking an innocent life is the exact opposite of a compelling reason. . .

    I suppose this conundrum could be settled if everyone involved in the prosecution, conviction, and execution of innocents were to forfeit their lives.

    • good idea, but you cant face your “accuser” if you already executed him, so I doubt that would wash.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        There have been cases where the convicted was found to be innocent, yet executed anyway.
        More than one ‘official’ soulless ghoul has said that innocence is insufficient reason to overturn a conviction.

        In those cases – summary execution of everyone involved in taking the life of the innocent is an appropriate response.
        Shouldn’t take too many times before somebody gets a clue, and takes the time to find the real criminal instead of expeditiously padding their arrest/conviction record.

        • Personally, I agree. I’m just pointing out the legal loophole they would walk right through.
          Funny how we can hold car manufacturers responsible for deaths due to professional negligence or a profit-first attitude, yet we cant apply the same concept to the legal process…

  • csfurious

    This sounds like a great idea.

  • Lisa McLaughlin

    Firing squad is economical and quick. Electrocution is not green. Lethal injection is creepy, expensive, and benefits BigPharma more than the state.

  • “…The constitutional framers disagreed upon what comprised cruel and unusual punishment. Some of them believed capital punishment itself was cruel and unusual:

    ‘There were some significant voices at the time in favor of abolishing capital
    punishment. Some argued that the success of the new republic should depend upon the virtue of its citizens and not on their fear of a harsh penal code, which many saw as the hallmark of tyranny. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, declared that “capital punishments are the natural offspring of monarchical governments.” Even a conservative like Alexander Hamilton believed that “the idea of cruelty inspires disgust,” and that the death penalty undermined republican values and behavior.’18

    “The virtue of capital punishment was settled by Yahweh in His law long ago, but the debate over the death penalty rages on, thanks, in part, to the ambiguity of
    Amendment 8’s wording:

    ‘In a totally unexpected opinion in June 1972, a closely divided Supreme Court vacated the death sentences of approximately 600 inmates in prisons across the country. In Furman v. Georgia, the majority held that imposition of the then existing capital punishment schemes violated the ban on cruel and unusual
    punishment. …[The Court ruled] that the legal methods by which it was applied were irrational and arbitrary and as such, violated the Eighth Amendment.’19….

    “What we find described above [in several Supreme Court decisions] is government ruled by the prevailing humanism of the day. Friedrich W. Nietzsche (1844-1900) said, “ [the criminal’s] punishment … is meted out in accordance with precisely the degree of astonishment the latter [judges] feel when they regard the
    incomprehensible nature of his deed.”22 In Trop v. Dulles, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote, “The [Eighth] Amendment must draw its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.”23 Because man’s standards – including the Constitution – are “not
    conclusive,” they lead to confusion and contradiction. Yahweh’s standards are the polar opposite of man’s: they are unchanging, authoritative, trustworthy, and, above all, just….”

    For more, see online Chapter 17 “Amendment 8: Bail, Fines, and Cruel and Unusual Punishments” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

  • bengrego

    Putting in front of a firing squad but being it’s over and done with what’s brutal about a fast bullet much more Humane quote on quote then other suggestions and all that come on America!! get with it firing squads for

  • RT Mtn

    what’s wrong with hanging it’s very cheap you can use the rope over and over again

    • Tew

      That’s what my husband says and, I tend to agree with him. People who have been hurt by violent criminals tend to have a different opinion than people who are violent criminals or, have then as members of their family. The actor Scott Glenn was against the death penalty until the preparing for the movie “Silence of the Lambs”. He visited the FBI’S Bereau of Behavioral Sciences and met with legendary profiler John Douglas. Douglas allowed him to listen to tapes recorded by serial killers Bittaker and Norris who kidnapped young girls and raped and tortured them beyond belief, while telling them to scream baby scream before killing them in the most horrific of ways. The actor left crying. He was totally in favor of the death penalty after what he saw and heard.

      • bengrego

        I totally agree… I always say, if there IS NO DOUBT of the person’s guilt? put’em in front of the firing squad!!! over and done with………why this is being debated is beyond’s easy, inexpensive, etc., but I guess it just makes too much sense to be favored by the gov’t.!!!!!!

  • Phil_Ossifer

    Sounds like the MS legislature is deliberately gearing up for an eventual Supreme Court challenge that will, hopefully, once and for all settle the question of what constitutes “cruel and unusual” punishment. Prepare for a long and nasty legal battle.

  • Gil G

    The noble 2A version of execution.

    • that’s silly. the second amendment does not confer a right to the state.

  • AND, I think the victims family member/members should be offered the opportunity to pull the trigger.

  • this article is focusing on the wrong problem.
    If you are found truly and honestly guilty of a capitol offence, then please… more options is a good thing. Sometime you need to put a dog down.
    If you want to focus on a real problem, focus on prosecutorial misconduct, the revolving door of the prison-for-profit system where we help create violent criminals, or abuse of basic constitutional rights.

  • these days, sure (although science is always progressing..) 25-30 years ago, no… in the late 1980’s early 90’s DNA was just being used in court and wasn’t viewed as reliable. In many cases people were prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced despite the DNA evidence not showing that persons DNA. The prosecution argued the evidence was new and unreliable. Many remain jailed today

    Here’s a related good read…

  • “People who submit to cruelty as authority are immoral and un-American”
    …or… they are indoctrinated into it by the ongoing process of “doing ones job” as an executioner. Look up some of the psychological impacts that job has. Those folks don’t start out as immorally cruel authoritarians.

  • TrevorD

    No worries, Send all the Elitist NWO Warmongering Psycho`s to Mississippi.
    We can then show them real democracy and freedom, they can freely choose how they wish to leave this earth.

  • RMS1911

    Guillotine it’s cheap, fast, reusable and sends a message.
    Hanging it’s cheap, fast, reusable and sends a message.
    Firing squad it’s cheap, fast, reusable and sends a message.

    • bengrego

      thanks for the firing squad remark….I’ve said this for years & always get funny looks and laughs……..oh well, perhaps SOMEDAY our officials will wake up to this inexpensive method of doing away with those who don’t deserve to live, and at VERY little for the guillotine, I wouldn’t hold my breath….LOL…….