Quick Quiz: Who Wants to Revive Firing Squads?
Florida Sen. Brad Drake (R-Okaloosa) has filed a bill in Tallahassee to make the state's killing of criminals more visceral: He'd do away with lethal injection, giving capital convicts the choice of getting electrocuted or being shot. Saying he's "sick and tired of this sensitivity movement for criminals," Drake has vowed to bring back the state's old electric chair, an apparatus in the Central Florida-based Starke prison known as "Old Sparky." (It was abandoned in 2000 after it had difficulty killing one prisoner with the usual jolt, then set another prisoner's face on fire.)
Here's a way to put this story in perspective: Below are three quotes about killing inmates in Florida. One of them isn't Drake discussing his capital-punishment proposal. Can you guess which one it is? Answer (and source) at the end: