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Fact Check: Did Georgia Pass A Law Allowing Guillotines To Be Used For Executions?

The United States has real problems with capital punishment. Our nation’s methods of execution are often unnecessarily cruel, as seen in the case of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who took two hours to die after receiving a lethal injection in Arizona. These problems have brought publicity to the recent opinion of Alex Kozinski, a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who has declared that executions in the United States ought to be done with guillotines.

guillotine law usaPeople who are familiar with the American system of justice are aware that the opinion of one judge is not enough to change the law. Kozinski may continue to say that he’d like to see guillotines used to execute prisoners, but his statements won’t change the way that prisoners are actually executed.

The members of network of right wing religious conspiracy theorists, however, either don’t understand the way that laws are made in the United States, or are choosing to exploit others’ ignorance in the matter. They’re using the Kozinski’s statements to revive a favorite story of theirs: That mass executions by guillotine will soon take place across the USA, as a One World Government led by a demon-possessed leader takes power.

We’ve written about this conspiracy theory here at Irregular Times before. Over two years ago, we took note when Pamela Rae Schuffert declared that guillotines were being set up all across the United States for mass executions that would soon begin. Schuffert never provided any evidence for the existence of these guillotines, however, and the mass executions never took place. The obvious falsity of these failed conspiracy theories haven’t prevented them from being repeated, and accepted by gullible readers.

The newest incarnation of the guillotine urban legend has it that Judge Kozinski is a part of the New World Order Illuminati conspiracy, and that Georgia has already passed a law to enable the execution of prisoners by guillotine, with other states soon to follow. Is it true? Is there a law in Georgia that allows the government to kill people by chopping off their heads with guillotines?

As with most successful conspiracy theories, this one is half true. There really was legislation to legalize execution by guillotine in Georgia. However, this legislation is old news. It was introduced in January of 1996 – over 18 years ago – and was never passed into law.

HB 1274 was written by state legislator Doug Teper in order to provide for the possibility of organ donation from the bodies of executed prisoners. Lethal injection and electrocution render organs unsuitable for transplantation, but decapitation leaves them intact. The bill never even was allowed to come up for a full vote by the state legislature.

The truth is simple, and can be easily researched by anyone who cares to do so: There is no law in Georgia allowing execution by guillotine.

14 comments to Fact Check: Did Georgia Pass A Law Allowing Guillotines To Be Used For Executions?

  • candy

    well it is true as not only was my church threatened with these things in the 80’s, one of the church members went to america (this is from canada here) & saw one of those things fall out of a box. he did more investigations & found out that a lot of those things are coming into america. by now there are 102 thousand. so..personal experience. they are a fact.

    also you double crossed yourself. first you say that the law was introduced in 1996,then you say the law was never passed. fine..but if it was introduced in the first place….all it takes is to have the next group push it all the way through.

  • KDW

    J Clifford. You are so wrong! We all know “conspiracy theories”, have usually become reality. It is a fact that certain states do own guiltiness I saw the invoice it can easily be looked up. Just because it didn’t happen yesterday or today doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. And to tell people it isn’t is pure rubbish.Our country is in a state of peril;l right now so you can go ahead and play “ostrich” if you’d like. But, don’t treat the rest of us like we’re stupid. Candy is absolutely correct when she stated ; “also you double crossed yourself. first you say that the law was introduced in 1996,then you say the law was never passed. fine..but if it was introduced in the first placeā€¦.all it takes is to have the next group push it all the way through.” Faq check my ass!

    • J Clifford

      States do own guiltiness, that’s true… but not guillotines.

      Just because aliens from space haven’t invaded yesterday or today doesn’t mean it won’t happen tomorrow, but it does mean that it hasn’t happened yet, and that people who claim that it has are full of bull.

      Conspiracy theories do not usually become reality. They usually just get laughed at by people who understand the basics of critical thinking.

      KDW, if legislation was introduced 18 years ago, and has been dead and cold ever since without anyone even trying to revive it, it’s a sign that it’s not a live political topic.

  • mr d

    Look closer into military warehouses. Some soldiers have disappeared challenging chain of command about their actual use. Its a matter of people wanting to take either the red or blue pill to see how far the rabbit hole goes

  • R.E. Tard

    The public is slow to accept a foreign idea. The clever schemers
    introduced the idea of using guillotines 20 years ago, and it was
    too soon for the lawmakers and the public to accept this device.
    Why, after putting prisoners to death in this country for decade after decade, is a new method needed? For the occasional person sentenced to death, no new methods are needed, but for thousands of
    prisoners, something better than the traditional method is needed.
    So we are going through the “there has to be a better way” psycho
    drama to get the public comfortable with the guillotine.
    Don’t worry, be happy! The guillotines are not for you!
    Big Brother loves you!

  • olethia w

    why are people in such disbelief when God is trying to give us warnings set before you. that is whats going to get all of us killed. let them continue to do this privately under our nose and then bam we are crying the blues for our life. wake up people it is real. we got to do something before it is too late

  • mike s

    rev. ch.20 vs.4 says “beheaded”. This can be carried out with different means. Isis has already beheaded hundreds of Christians with a knife or sword. I am sure that many more Christians met the same fate over many years. Whether big brother has guillotines is not important, but what is important is that this current administration is in bed with many evil players in this world. Prepare yourselves for no walmart, no fuel, no water, no food, and no protection from evil. If you prepare and nothing happens in your lifetime, what have you lost? if the fan does get buried with shit, you will at least have a chance to help your family. Buy some guns and many rounds of ammo, BEFORE obama takes them away. May God bless you and once again bless this country. mike

    • alegra m

      it says “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” People you do realize that the bible speaks in parables and not everything is word for word literal right? So if someone was killed in another fashion because they were witnessing for Jesus does that mean they wont be in the kingdom of God? This is the problem with people they take one excerpt out of something and run with it making themselves look like nut jobs. I’m not saying beheading will never happen in the United States but just because one bible verse says beheaded doesn’t mean that literally has to happen for the end to come.

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