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Old 06-19-2010, 03:21 AM
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I wondered about that but I surmise the target was to allow them to concentrate on it rather than a living being.
I also wonder if they still have all the guns loaded with blanks except one (and it's a secret which) so that the executioners can say "maybe it wasn't my bullet that killed him" there fore avoiding psychological problems.
I got into that discussion earlier today and rejected it...

1) You DON'T execute somebody with one bullet...if you miss an area where they'd die instantly and "only" nick an artery or something, the ACLU would have a coniption fit...

2) You'd end up knowing who was the one that had the non-blank simply by examining the trajectory of the bullet...
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I got into that discussion earlier today and rejected it...

1) You DON'T execute somebody with one bullet...if you miss an area where they'd die instantly and "only" nick an artery or something, the ACLU would have a coniption fit...

2) You'd end up knowing who was the one that had the non-blank simply by examining the trajectory of the bullet...
It seems I had it backwards. There were five shots and four bullets according to a collection of articles about this.

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A Utah inmate who in 1938 agreed to be shot to death while hooked up to an electrocardiogram showed complete heart death within one minute of the firing squad’s shots. By contrast, research shows that a lethal injection – if done properly – takes about nine minutes to kill an inmate.
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Now if they can get Prince Harry Ried to stand still long enough...
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