The state is reportedly running out of the drugs it uses for executions. Texas criminal justice blog Grits For Breakfast argues we should use this development as an opportunity to return to the days of firing squads:
Grits tends to favor a solution to this dilemma posed recently by Robert Blecker on CNN.com: Reverting to the firing squad. This would remove the medicalized facade that lethal injection promotes, stripping away phony appeals to execute inmates “humanely” and simply portray capital punishment as it really is: A raw expression of state power.
Indeed, make me philosopher king and I’d require that the sitting Governor – the only person empowered to commute the sentence – perform the execution with a single, large-caliber shot to the forehead of a kneeling prisoner. Let the people’s representative carry out the people’s will. Forget any nonsense about putting blanks in the gun of one of the firing squad members. If we’re going to have the death penalty, it should be performed in a way that lays bare the power dynamics behind it. At least then debates on the subject would be more honest and we wouldn’t drag the medical community into the matter in violation of their Hippocratic Oath. Put the onus on the pols, not the doctors. Barring that approach, to me the firing squad would be the next best thing.