TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Former marketing executive and now Florida State Rep. Brad Drake wants to give death row inmates the option of using a firing squad instead of lethal injection when they are executed.
Drake, a Republican, came up with this idea from a constituent he talked to in a Waffle House, according to The Current, an online news source covering Florida politics.
Drake told The Current that he decided to file the bill, called HB 325, after he overheard a constituent say, “You know, they ought to just put them in the electric chair or line them up in front of a firing squad.”
“There shouldn’t be anything controversial about a .45-caliber bullet,” Drake told The Current. “If it were up to me we would just throw them off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge [in Tampa Bay] and be done with it.”
Florida began to use lethal injections after a malfunction of the electric chair during Pedro Medina’s execution in 1997, when Medina appeared to be on fire.