- A hotly contested proposal that resurrects Utah's use of firing squads to carry out executions narrowly passed a key vote Friday in the state's Legislature after three missing lawmakers were summoned to break a tie vote.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 39-34 Friday morning to approve the measure, sending it to an uncertain fate in the state's GOP-controlled Senate. Leaders in that chamber have thus far declined to say if they'll support it, and Utah's Republican Gov. Gary Herbert won't say if he'll sign it.
Hey, if the prison systems can't get the necessary drugs from overseas and American companies are banned from or won't make the drugs needed to carry out executions, then we're all for bringing back the tried and true methods like firing squads, hangings and electrocutions, comfort of the condemned be damned.