(RepublicanPress.org) – States have struggled for years to obtain the necessary drugs to perform executions. Death by legal injection had been the preferred method of execution in the United States until more than 20 pharmaceutical companies worldwide blocked the use of their drugs for that purpose. South Carolina recently joined a growing number of states pushing forward with the death penalty using other methods.
On Friday, May 14, South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed a new bill introducing firing squads and bringing back the electric chair to perform the state’s executions of death row inmates. On Monday, McMaster posted a tweet explaining that the state owed the victims of loved ones “closure and justice by law,” and now the state “can provide it.”
This weekend, I signed legislation into law that will allow the state to carry out a death sentence.
The families and loved ones of victims are owed closure and justice by law. Now, we can provide it.
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) May 17, 2021
Although some might view this bill as controversial, South Carolina isn’t the only state that has turned to alternative execution methods in the wake of drug shortages. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, a total of four states allow the use of firing squads. New Hampshire permits hanging, lethal gas is used in seven states, and eight states give death row inmates the option of being electrocuted.
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