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After Waffle House chat, lawmaker wants to bring firing squads to FL for executions

This story from the Florida Current might have it all: a tough-talkin' Southern legislator, a cop-killer, and the final touch: A chat in the local Waffle House that leads to a call to reinstate firing squads (something Utah still does, I think).

A bill filed Tuesday by Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, would allow for executions by firing squad. HB 325 would eliminate Florida's standard method of execution, lethal injection, and allow for executions only by electrocution or firing squad. 

He said he filed the bill after overhearing a conversation in his district this past month while U.S. Supreme Court deliberated over the fate of Manuel Valle, convicted in the 1978 murder of a Coral Gables police officer. Valle's lawyers filed numerous appeals, the last few of which centered around the use of a drug used in lethal injections. 

In a Waffle House in DeFuniak Springs, Drake said he heard a constituent say, "'You know, they ought to just put them in the electric chair or line them up in front of a firing squad.'" After a conversation with the person, Drake, 36, said he decided to file the bill.

"There shouldn't be anything controversial about a .45-caliber bullet. If it were up to me we would just throw them off the Sunshine Skyway bridge and be done with it," Drake said.

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Grodin

What a crude way to look at human life! We just do not throw someone off a bridge in this day and time.

Andres

And Brad Drake should be the first one to face the squad.
R-Eucheeanna-- Is this a real place???

Can't take it anymore

Florida may be in a race with Texas for the bottom in education, jobs with decent wages and in evermore children without health insurance. However, we can likely spark a tourist boom of Teabaggers and conservative Republicans by offering public executions that feature firing squads, beheadings, burning at the stake, stoning, use of lions and/or tigers in an arena. These methods have been very popular in other countries that identify themselves as conservative and deeply religious.

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