L. Suzanne Fust: A will to suicide; discourage a way

  • Article by: L. SUZANNE FUST
  • Updated: July 18, 2008 - 7:06 PM

Obstacles to obtaining firearms are about saving the lives of people with an impulse to die, not banning guns.

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eliumpJul. 19, 08 8:56 AM

Having been a police officer the last 16.5 years, in my experience the impulsive desire of an individual who is in extreme crisis matched with the ability to have rapid access to a gun does make for "successful" suicide. A reasonable waiting period for the purchase of handguns or long guns would very likely have saved several lives in the community I live and work in.

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hfnorthJul. 19, 08 3:44 PM

"Would you prefer they jumped out of windows"? As to lethal suicide, there are so many ways to do that that they defy counting. There are the people who get into their cars and ram into a bridge support at 100 miles per hour, or worse yet, steer into an oncoming car or truck at high speed. Should there be a waiting period to buy rope? Would that deter those who hang themselves? How about bed sheets? That seems to be the method du jour in the various county jails, when jailers are protecting them. What gun ownership is about is personal protection in ones own home. The only thing the police can do is try to find out who killed you after the fact. People do have the right to protect themselves from being killed in their homes by the loonies roaming around among us. A gun is the equalizer for a person of frail stature. If people want to kill themselves, that's their business. There are many ways to do that without putting the rest of the populace in danger by not allowing us the means to self defense from the crazies.

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uranus86Jul. 19, 08 4:47 PM

hfnorth writes, "If people want to kill themselves, that's their business." This is a heartless comment.

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hfnorthJul. 19, 08 4:59 PM

I know a man with ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease)It is always fatal and very painful to endure. He has recently declined all feeding tubes and other artificial means to end his life. Who am I to be one to overrule his choice in the matter? We are kinder to dogs and cats who are terminally ill than we are to humans. Why is that?

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willmik1Jul. 20, 08 6:24 AM

a thinly veiled attempt to justify gun control. If a person wants to die there are many methods that don't require a gun. And who are you to make the decision that a person shouldnt die if that is what they really want?

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willmik1Jul. 20, 08 7:38 AM

Citizens for a Safer Minnesota = The Brady Bunch.

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