Target: Utah Senate President Wayne L. Niederhauser
Goal: Prevent Utah from restoring firing squad executions.
The death penalty has been a controversial topic for many years. However, records show that in the United States the number of inmates executed has been declining. With America on track to more humane and moral punishments for criminals, Utah’s recent decision to try to restore firing squads in their state is shocking and extremely problematic.
Utah’s House of Representatives has recently passed a bill that would allow inmates on death row to be executed by a firing squad. This bill is now moving to the state’s Senate for a vote.
This immoral measure is becoming closer and closer to being passed. Those in support of the bill argue that death by firing squad is more humane and less expensive than lethal injection. However, execution by firing squad leaves room for mistakes and marksmen may miss their target, prolonging the execution of their target and causing them more pain and suffering than necessary.
So much work has been done to eliminate the death penalty altogether. This controversial bill being pushed in Utah is a step backwards in America’s fight for humane and moral punishments. If this bill is approved by the Senate, it is a few steps closer to becoming a law.
Help stop this immoral, old-fashioned method of execution and support the elimination of execution entirely. By signing this petition below, you will be asking the Senate to not pass this bill and to help ensure that it does not become a law.
Dear President Niederhauser,
The morality of the death penalty punishment has been questioned and debated for many years. America as well as many other countries across the globe have exemplified their distaste for such an inhumane punishment with lower execution rates and with some countries actually abolishing the death penalty altogether.
However, there are still some who support the death penalty. Countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and North Korea still allow death by firing squad as a method of execution. Recently, the state of Utah has also expressed their support for execution by firing squad by passing a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow this.
Now the bill has moved forward for approval of the Senate. I must ask you to take action by ensuring that this bill is not passed in the Senate. Allowing this bill to pass would be a step backwards for America. All people, including those who have made mistakes in their life, deserve humane treatment.
[Your Name Here]
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