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ACLU: Death of Ronnie Lee Gardner ‘by firing squad highlights inhumanity of death penalty’

Five law enforcement officials, who'd volunteered for the job, shot and killed Ronnie Lee Gardner in Utah last night.

Five law enforcement officials, who'd volunteered for the job, shot and killed Ronnie Lee Gardner in Utah last night.

The ACLU, whose Kentucky chapter is a member of KCADP, raises an interesting point about last night’s execution by firing squad in Utah of Ronnie Lee Gardner:

One of the rifles aimed at Gardner will use an “ineffective” round. There is no greater symbol of the deep-seeded moral ambiguity we as a society feel about capital punishment than the use of this blank, which is intended to allow each squad member to reassure themselves that they were not necessarily the one who killed Gardner. If we are so sure that capital punishment is morally acceptable, why is this blank necessary?

Photo: Courtesy Utah Department of Corrections

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