Target: Phil Bryant, Governor Mississippi
Goal: Reject proposal to allow execution by firing squad and other horrific means.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is asking lawmakers to allow court-ordered executions to be carried out by firing squad, electrocution, hanging, and nitrogen gas. Hood states that he believes the state should have other means to carry out the court’s wishes when drugs for lethal injection are unavailable. Although these chemicals are less available because Europe has stopped exporting them due to ethical concerns, proposing these “alternative” means is barbaric and inhuman.
Of the 31 states with the death penalty, Utah is the only state to allow capital punishment by firing squad and Delaware and Washington are the only states to permit hanging. Mississippi should not be permitted to join this appalling statistic.
Sign this petition to tell Mississippi leadership they must reject this proposal.
Dear Governor Bryant,
Due to an increasing lack of the chemicals used in court-ordered executions, Attorney General Jim Hood is proposing that barbaric methods be made available as an alternative. He suggests firing squads, electrocution, hanging, and nitrogen gas as effective means for carrying out a death sentence. Lethal injection is controversial, but the proposed methods are reminiscent of the Holocaust and genocide.
Europe has ceased exporting the chemicals necessary for lethal injection due to moral concerns. Perhaps, instead of replacing lethal injection with even more horrifying methods, Mississippi should consider the intent of European concerns and find alternative punishment methods.
We demand this proposal be rejected and vetoed if it reaches the governor’s desk.
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