Utah recently executed a man by firing squad, which, it turns out, has been a wee bit controversial.
At the end of the day, though, I can’t figure out why the use of a firing squad is controversial. Every argument I have against it also applies to lethal injection or electrocution, which seem to be perceived as more “civilized” means of killing people than firing squad. But if I were going to be put to death, I think I’d probably most prefer to be summarily shot in the head than strapped down and slowly injected with chemicals or electrocuted.
An interesting aside: Canada and Mexico have both banned capital punishment. Mexico was later to the game than Canada, banning it in 1976. Costa Rica banned it in 1877 and no, that’s not a typo. Israel in 1954, South Africa in 1997. Cambodia in 1989. Vatican City in 1969. Makes it seem kind of strange that it’s still considered an important part of American law.