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Utah GOP lawmaker: It's harder to botch execution by firing squad

After the botched execution in Oklahoma, Utah state Rep. Paul Ray (R), who plans on introducing a proposal to revive the firing squad as an option, went on Fox News to explain that there’s minimal risk of botching an execution when using a gun.

Basically, it’s foolproof.

“The only mess-up we had was in 1897, and we’ve got it right every time since then,” Ray told Sean Hannity.

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Ray said if it became on option, the state could fall back on it if a court rules against lethal injection, or if the state is unable to get the necessary drugs.

Previously, he’s talked about how it’s a much more humane option.

“It sounds like the Wild West, but it’s probably the most humane way to kill somebody,” Ray said.

And what about that Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett? Humane or not, it was a success, Ray said.

“I don’t know if you can call it botched because he still died,” he said. “And I don’t feel bad the guy suffered. I mean, look what he did to that little girl.”

h/t: Talking Points Memo