From Daily Kos via Think Progress with a minor addition or two.
There's this not-quite-so-laughable proposal from North Carolina Republican Rep. Larry Pittman, a freshman House member from Cabarrus county and a pastor to boot, in an email to every member of the state's General Assembly.
"We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. [...] 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."
Yeah! Let's string up doctors and hang them in the public square to deter them from practicing medicine. That'll learn 'em! Could this be the start of a successful career in NC politics for Pittman?
Rep. Pittman later admitted that he "got a bit carried away" and regretted sending the email. Not because hanging doctors is a bad idea, you see, but because he'd intended to send the email to his buddy Rep.Tim Moore instead of the whole House, but, being tired, he accidentally hit "Reply all." Because, on the long List Of Things At Which Republicans Suck, "using technology" ranks near the top.
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