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Executioner: Death by firing squad is '100 percent justice'

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Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) -- The executioner says he was eager to join the firing squad.

Not because he was familiar with the 1996 case, or felt the need to deliver justice for a raped and murdered little girl.

It wasn't even because his high school classmate was raped and killed just before graduation.

So why did he do it? Why choose to join four other men in executing a convicted murderer?

"How often does this come along?" he says, "... 100 percent justice."

It's been more than 14 years since guns were last fired in Utah's execution chamber. But later this month, they may sound again, reviving a debate about the death penalty and the methods used to carry it out.

The one-time executioner met a CNN reporter in a Salt Lake City restaurant Tuesday to talk about his former role as Utah prepares to put Ronnie Lee Gardner before a firing squad June 18.

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Added: Jun-9-2010 Occurred On: Jun-9-2010
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  • I think we should be able to stone these rapist, pedo, murderers,ect. to death. that would be much more just than a bullet to the head or heart.

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  • I have no problem with the death penalty when the conviction has been proven with DNA evidence, but the number of convictions being overturned nowadays on new DNA evidence and the revelation that innocent people have been executed many times gives me pause.

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    • I can see giving someone LWOP in iffy, circumstantial cases like Scott Peterson, but I think requiring DNA evidence before the death penalty can be carried out is unrealistic, since very few murders in society involve the depositing of DNA. I also think firing squad is not the appropriate means of death for common felons, since it can be argued that there is a modicum of honor to it. I think criminals convicted of capital murder should be hanged like the low down pieces of shit they are...

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    • Name them.

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  • The firing squad is a humane and fitting end for a social misfit who has murdered.

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  • Death penalty aside, I feel there should be a screening process for people in cases like this. Case in point I know a former PFC who never went to Iraq just because he said he just wanted to kill himself some Iraqis.

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  • This article is full of win.

    "There's just some people," he says, "we need to kick off the planet."

    I love this quote.

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