Republican Member of Congress Wants to Bring Back Public Hangings

And among those who should be publicly hanged, in Rep. Larry Pittman’s view, are abortion providers, rapists, and kidnappers:

Republican Rep. Larry Pittman, who was appointed to the District 82 House seat in October, expressed his views in an email sent Wednesday to every member of the General Assembly.

Pittman said he was disgusted by the actions of death row inmate Danny Robbie Hembree Jr., who recently sent a letter to The Gaston Gazette bragging about how easy life is in prison and that appeals would stall his execution for years.

“We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner,” Pittman wrote in the email. “If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.”

He confirmed to WRAL News on Thursday that he wrote the email but said he had intended to send it only to Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and not to every lawmaker. He said he was tired and accidentally hit “Reply All” on an email that Moore had sent to the General Assembly about Hembree.

Oh, okay, as long as he didn’t intend for everyone to know he favors public hangings.

Via Think Progress.

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2 responses to “Republican Member of Congress Wants to Bring Back Public Hangings

  1. I just saw this too. Astonishing isn’t it?!?

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