15 06 11 - 08:22From the bleating terrified herd:
Sales of suicide kits, like the do-it-yourself asphyxiation hood used by a man to kill himself late last year, could soon be outlawed in the state of Oregon.
The newly passed Oregon bill was sparked by notoriety surrounding an elderly California woman who sells self-asphyxiation kits through a mail-order business, and the December suicide of one of her customers from Eugene, Oregon, 29-year-old Nicholas Klonoski.
Sharlotte Hydorn, 91, a retired science teacher and great-grandmother who lives near San Diego, says her product is intended to help people with incurable, fatal illnesses end their lives with dignity in their own homes.
The kits, which sell for $60 including shipping, consist of a plastic hood that closes around the neck and tubing that connects the hood to a tank of helium or other inert gas the patients supply themselves.
Critics, including Klonoski's brother, have faulted Hydorn for not screening potential buyers of her kits, which they say she peddles indiscriminately to customers who may be emotionally fragile, rather than terminally ill. - People Who Can't Code News
OK, let me ask this:
At what point are we adults?
I understand banning destructive substances. Meth should be illegal, and I don't want Sarin for sale at the grocery store.
However, we need to be able to buy guns, rat poison, knives, and chemicals for our lab kits. We need plastic bags.
At some point, we're going to have to be trusted as adults.
You trust us to vote, even though most of this population is mentally incompetent; you'll let us join the army.
You won't let us kill ourselves or terminate our own children. What? Why?
Human life is sacred, true, and death is scary. The best way to deal with that is to honor human life by clearing out the failed dead-wood, and to make death something we talk about honestly, when we do talk about it, which should not be constantly in bleating neurotic tones.
Instead, we've put the proles -- the food service workers, barristas, clerks, web designers and bureaucrats of the world -- in charge of this decision. Are you kidding?
We have seven billion, soon to be 12 billion, people on this earth -- and very few of them are over 115 IQ points, nice and decent people, with any kind of practical intelligence. We are worrying about the death of m
Let her sell the suicide kits.
Suicide sucks when someone good kills themselves; however, there is only one way to fix that: Our society is a nuthouse with the nuts in charge. If you want to stop unnecessary suicides, fix society. Then give more attention to the interesting but edgy cases.
But that takes real work, and real risk, while banning "suicide kits" is just great publicity for free.
Besides, a determined person will just find the alt.suicide.holiday methods file or read any of the books on the subject.