While calling in to the WVOM Morning Show Tuesday morning, Governor Paul LePage suggested we should "bring back the guillotine" for convicted drug traffickers here in Maine.

According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, the guillotine is a medieval execution device that cuts the head off of the body as the victim is strapped on a table.

In a story today on Politico.com, the Governor's comments were reported to receive national  attention:

I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people who kill Mainers,” LePage said…. He said he was “appalled” at critics, such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, who are angry over his comments, saying they are protecting drug traffickers.
“What we ought to do is bring the guillotine back,” he said, interrupting the hosts. “We could have public executions and we could even have which hole it falls in.”

National news outlets that have picked up the story and the Governor's comments today include CNN, NBC News, The Hill in Washington, New York Magazine, and the Washington Post.