A shadowy online company selling suicide kits recently claimed its first confirmed victim. Winston Ross talks exclusively with the entrepreneur behind it: a grieving 91-year-old woman.
People who wish to kill themselves and who order a kit THROUGH THE FREAKIN' MAIL to enact those wishes are not "victims."
People who die in an automobile collision caused by a man attempting suicide, who was unable to commit suicide by other means, are victims.
People who are forced to remain alive when they want to die, often in horrible circumstances like akinetic mutism (can't move or speak) after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, are victims. (That goes double when they have medical experiments performed on them without their consent, as happened in the case linked above. There was no ethical outcry; the study was widely touted as a breakthrough. It makes me want to vomit.)
People who want to die and commit suicide are just lucky.
I envy the fictim in this case, Nick Klonoski, a 29-year-old man with chronic pain and depression. However, his bereaved brother Zach sees things differently. He testified at a hearing:
"In a society where so many people suffer from depression and other mental-health disorders,” Zach said, “this company has found their niche in the market by peddling death. This is analogous to putting a gun-vending machine next to a depression clinic. The Gladd company, so named as to avoid suspicion in case family members happen to sign for or come across the package, made $60 off my brother’s death."
What about the people making money off our misery - like the medical industry, which makes billions every year forcibly "treating" would-be suicides in an often horrific manner? What is wrong, exactly, with "peddling death" when death is heartily desired? None of us asked to be here.
The fact is that while people's willingness to pay to improve people's lives is extremely limited, their willingness to demand regulation to prevent people from taking their own lives is nearly infinite. In essence, this is an involuntary, uncompensated transfer of wealth from suicidal, miserable people, the worst off of society, to their nonsuicidal friends and relatives. It is all done under the flag of the medical model of suicide, which is treated as a religious fact rather than examined as a scientific proposition (since examined as such it is clearly erroneous).
One important piece of information here: the helium thing apparently works (here's a video, even). I wonder how long it will take for forced life advocates to make helium illegal. Oh wait - it's already happening.