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Death by firing squad

The shortage of drugs commonly used in executions has caught the attention of lawmakers. Two states – Wyoming and Missouri – are introducing legislation that suggest reviving firing squads as the method of capital punishment for their states.

Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin, a Republican, introduced legislation that would use a five-person firing squad as the method for execution. (With five people, presumably none of the executioners would know who fired the deadly bullet.)  

Wyoming state Sen. Bruce Burns cites cost as a reason to use firing squads. Utah remains the only state to actually use firing squads. 

Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.