A federal appeals court judge thinks state executions in the US should be by firing squad,1 not lethal injection:

[E]xecutions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.

The scariest part is this isn’t some “Modest Proposal“-style satire; the judge does seem to be both sincere, and pro-capital punishment. As someone who’s against the death penalty–and states murdering people in general–I’m not sure how I feel about that, exactly…

  1. He actually seems to prefer the guillotine, but I guess that’s too French for a US headline. []