Florida State Rep. Brad Drake Wants to Bring Back Electrocution, Firing Squads

| by Michael Allen

Upset that Florida death row inmate Manuel Valle took 33 years to be executed, after he allegedly killed a police officer, Florida state Rep. Brad Drake (R) introduced a bill yesterday to eliminate lethal injection as an execution method in favor of death by electrocution or a firing squad. “I’m sick and tired of this sensitivity movement for criminals,” Drake stated.

According to, Drake got the idea after overhearing a constituent call for electrocution and firing squads at a Waffle House in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

“There shouldn’t be anything controversial about a .45-caliber bullet. If it were up to me we would just throw them off the Sunshine Skyway bridge and be done with it,” Drake stated.

Under Drake's bill, electrocution would be the standard method of execution, but inmates could opt for an execution by firing squad.

This bill “end[s] the debate,” Drake said. “We still have Old Sparky. And if that doesn’t suit the criminal, then we will provide them a .45 caliber lead cocktail instead.”

In the late 1990s, Florida’s electric chair “Old Sparky” left one inmate alive for moments after the electrocution and sparked a fire on another inmate’s face during the execution.

Drake added: "In the words of Humphrey Bogart, ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.‘ I am so tired of being humane to inhumane people."