Aug. 3, 2000
9:30 am E.S.T.
THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
ABOUT FIRING SQUADS
might have seen a recent piece of NRA propaganda titled
"What the Pharmaceutical Lobby Doesn't Want You To Know
About Lethal Injection." That so-called "press release"
was made, beginning to end, of lies and half-truths:
Here's a word that didn't appear in the NRA's position
paper: "Ricochets." The truth is, you put a bunch of good
ol' boys together with guns in a room, all firing at once,
and you don't know who's going to get offed. Lethal injections
have never killed anybody other than the bad, bad, individuals
for whom they were intended.
Another fact the NRA conveniently forgot to mention: Lots
of people get shot by a gun and don't die-Larry Flynt
and the Pope, just to name two.
Following a lethal injection, the needles are disposed
of in a safe and hygienic manner, according to federal
guidelines on medical and chemical waste. What happens
to guns after a firing squad? Beats us. Maybe the guards
take them home and hide them under their children's beds,
just before your son or daughter innocently happens by
for a poorly-supervised playdate.
squads have gone the way of the ineffective and archaic
electric chair, and for good reason. Lethal injection
might cost a little more, but isn't that a small price
to pay for your child's safety?