UTAH FIRING SQUAD: Board hears appeal...

UTAH FIRING SQUAD: Board hears appeals to halt Gardner's execution

There are 57 comments on the Fox13Now story from Jun 10, 2010, titled UTAH FIRING SQUAD: Board hears appeals to halt Gardner's execution. In it, Fox13Now reports that:

Eight days before his scheduled execution by a five-man firing squad, Ronnie Lee Gardner is asking Utah's parole board to change his sentence to life in prison.

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TakeAim

Newport News, VA

#1 Jun 10, 2010
Ready Aim Fire, good riddence!!!
tired of illegals

Salt Lake City, UT

#2 Jun 10, 2010
Let's just hope this state has the guts and the brains to finish what should have been done 25 years ago. Now we can look forward to 25 years of the 'sloop saga'. Would somebody PLEASE explain WHY we taxpayers have to support these animals forever? Judging from some of the comments on other forums, I am not the only one that would like to donate ammo.
Juice

Draper, UT

#3 Jun 10, 2010
Why should this individual live? He took another life!
fastrack

Greensboro, NC

#4 Jun 10, 2010
Give him what he first wanted!!!!!
Mark

Kansas City, MO

#5 Jun 10, 2010
The problem with these type of things is this: They're basically legalized murder. Death Row is NOT a well-oiled machine. Most Death Row inmates die of natural causes long before their execution date arrives, and most of them have been on death row for years or decades. Death Row inmates, even if they're executed by lethal injection, die in a much more humane way than their victims did. Anyone who believes bad guys should be executed for murder should know and understand that our legal system outlawed "an eye for an eye" decades ago because inmates demanded and received rights, including the right to humane executions. Life in prison is a much more severe hell on earth than Death Row is, so all those who believe murderers and the like should be put to death are either delusional or just plain dumb.
Mark

Kansas City, MO

#6 Jun 10, 2010
I wish cops would just step back and let the citizens have their way with these bottom feeders. A bunch of angry men armed with machetes, Louisville Sluggers, chairs, bar stools, chains, steel-toe boots, and whatever other hand-held weapons they can find would be a far more fitting punishment for a murder or rape than anything the American legal system could ever provide. Not to mention, Vigilante Justice is FAR more effective than any amount of prison time ever will be. Watch TruTV's Citizens Fight Back and you will see examples of vigilante justice where the bad guys head for the hills and never show their face around those parts again.
Mark

Kansas City, MO

#7 Jun 10, 2010
The ONLY reason these street thugs are so successful at what they do is because they know people wet themselves when a gun is stuck in their face or to their head. Even veteran police officers panic when someone points a gun at them. If you're that afraid of getting shot at, why did you become a cop or a soldier? Cops and soldiers should be able to stare down the barrel of a loaded gun and not even flinch.
Mark

Kansas City, MO

#8 Jun 10, 2010
I mean, seriously, if a bad guy wants you dead that badly, he wouldn't take the time to taunt you while he holds the gun to your head. He'd just walk up, blow your brains out, then take what he wants and leave without ever saying a word. But no, most of these thugs like to see you suffer. If you fight back, it surprises them. Its like the sixth-grade bully. They only pick on you because you seem like an easy target, but if you fight back, they'll cut their losses and run then find someone else who is an easier target.
Tim

Concord, CA

#9 Jun 10, 2010
Mark, you have a lot to say about this one...
Juice

Draper, UT

#10 Jun 10, 2010
What gets me is that the Media Basically shoves this stuff down the face "Not direct at Fox 13 " but media in general! and almost forces an opinon out of you basically. I believe in keeping in touch with what's current, but not oversteping the story. As far as this particuliar situation, The writings on the wall.
Mark

Kansas City, MO

#11 Jun 10, 2010
Tim wrote:
Mark, you have a lot to say about this one...
Tim, anytime things like this happen, I have a lot to say about it, and its not just directed at the person responsible, its directed at anyone who even responds to or comments on the story. It just goes to show I listen to all sides then respond to each side with a different comment.
DeeDee

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Jun 10, 2010
This man has killed multiple people. He doesn't deserve mercy. He didn't show mercy toward his victims.
Mark

Kansas City, MO

#13 Jun 10, 2010
DeeDee wrote:
This man has killed multiple people. He doesn't deserve mercy. He didn't show mercy toward his victims.
Well, unfortunately, because of the way America's legal system is set up, all death row inmates get mercy and are executed in the most humane way possible.
Untitled

Ogden, UT

#14 Jun 10, 2010
I believe he is truly sorry for what he did, and I think he should be given a second chance at life, I'm not in anyway saying to just let him off the hook..
There obviously HAS to be some very strict and tight eyes on him.
But if it were any of us in his position, and for whatever reason we committed those awful crimes.. and after twenty five years we were able to realize the wrong of our actions and want to do something positive to prevent this sort of thing from happening in our future, we should be able to.

"eye for an eye" gets us nowhere!
if we don't start evolving enough as a society and taking BIG steps and making drastic changes in these types of situations.. the same things are going to continue to happen!
Sherie

Miami, FL

#15 Jun 10, 2010
He may feel remorse for his actions, but there is NO excuse for taking another person's life, and he took more then one life.
It is simple to blame it on childhood or whatever..But fact is he choose to kill, and therefore he should be put to death.

Why should taxpayers pay for him to be clothed,feed,showered, for the rest of his life.

On this case, i think he killed and he deserves to be killed..He will die more humanely and be shown some respect..THAT IS WAY MORE THEN HE ALLOWDED HIS VICTIMS.
Bonnie

Springdale, AR

#16 Jun 11, 2010
Mark wrote:
The problem with these type of things is this: They're basically legalized murder. Death Row is NOT a well-oiled machine. Most Death Row inmates die of natural causes long before their execution date arrives, and most of them have been on death row for years or decades. Death Row inmates, even if they're executed by lethal injection, die in a much more humane way than their victims did. Anyone who believes bad guys should be executed for murder should know and understand that our legal system outlawed "an eye for an eye" decades ago because inmates demanded and received rights, including the right to humane executions. Life in prison is a much more severe hell on earth than Death Row is, so all those who believe murderers and the like should be put to death are either delusional or just plain dumb.
Who and how does anyone have the right to change the bible? Someone who has admitted, been proven, to take someones life, and even asks for "an eye for an eye", shows acknowledgement for something that they know was wrong. When they take another life, they gave up their rights. He chose his way, and his wishes were granted. Now, the closer it gets, the more scared he gets of dying. At least he knows his date, his victims didn't. As far as calling people dumb for believing "an eye for an eye", that is a matter of opinion.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#17 Jun 11, 2010
Oh all of a sudden he realizes he's going to die and NOW he's a changed man? Sure, we all believe that. He should be given the same amount of mercy he gave his victims - NONE! Not only continue with the firing squad, but give 'em all live bullets and let them shoot him one at a time until he expires.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#18 Jun 11, 2010
Bonnie, thank you for your post. As far as the Bible and "an eye for an eye;" how about another Bible quote from Exodus? Something along the lines of "if a man kills another, he shall be taken, even from My altar, and himself put to death." Kinda says it all, doesn't it? Those people who don't believe in the death penalty, fine, they're entitled to their opinions; THEY should take the killers into their homes and support them, I can think of much better uses for my tax dollars than to feed and house monsters like this guy. Ever since our society started this garbage of the "criminal as victim," our crime rate has gone through the roof.
dvylym

San Ramon, CA

#19 Jun 11, 2010
I think he should be put to death. His victims and families had thier lives taken away so on June 18th he should be shot.That is Justice!!!!!
poopy

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Jun 11, 2010
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