March 7, 2010

Death in Switzerland.

Whenever you want:
Assisted suicide is also legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, as well as in the American states of Oregon, Washington, and Montana. But in all those places, the practice is restricted to people with incurable diseases, involves extensive medical testing and consultation with physicians, and requires that applicants be permanent residents. By contrast, Switzerland’s penal code was designed such that, without fear of prosecution, you can hand someone a loaded pistol and watch as he blows his brains out in your living room. And there is no residency requirement. There are only two conditions: that you have no self-interest in the victim’s death, and that he be of sound mind when he pulls the trigger.

33 comments:

p.t. fogger said...

Ah. A criminal code that's just begging for someone to write a well-wrought murder mystery.

Class factotum said...

Can you be of sound mind when you blow your brains out?

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dbp said...

"And there is no residency requirement". Though, presumably they will not ever leave the country on their own.

"There are only two conditions: that you have no self-interest in the victim’s death, and that he be of sound mind when he pulls the trigger". Isn't someone who is healthy, by definition--not of sound mind if they want to off themselves?

Chown: The act of eating while dressed-up like a clown?

Class factotum said...

Is it a financial interest if someone pays you for the assisted suicide? Or is a dues-paying member of Dignitas?

Scott said...

A dear friend who retired to central Florida with his partner shot himself in the head with a handgun. His partner didn't even know he had the gun.

There are a million ways that a motivated person can kill themselves, particularly if they're ambulatory and don't look crazy. Why should the person be so hung up about whether the government sanctions it?

(Morphine is lovely stuff. I hope the blue-noses in the feral gumment don't further restrict its use for relieving the misery of terminally ill patients who are waiting for nature to take its course.)

AllenS said...

Assisted suicide makes sense, especially if you're a lousy shot.

Scott said...

@allenS: If you have a sawed off shotgun, you don't have to have a particularly good aim. *:)

ironrailsironweights said...

If you have a sawed off shotgun, you don't have to have a particularly good aim.

Do a Google Images search for "failed shotgun suicide" and you'll learn otherwise. Just make sure that the Safe Search option is off.

Peter

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edutcher said...

From those requirements, I suddenly realize where all the old SS troopers ended up.

And it's not like they didn't have tons of experience.

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Methadras said...

And thus the total devaluation of humanity is alight.

Jason said...

Are you kidding? That woman was awesome! Talk about control! Her intonation was superb... and that's not easy when you're being accompanied by a very wet-sounding accordion.

You just heard a master of her genre at work and you didn't even know it.

Das war ausgezeichnet!!

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AllenS said...

Damn, Theo, that was some industrial yodeling.

WV: taing

traditionalguy said...

The Swiss are the neutral bystanders. They have no interest in refugee people hiding out, EXCEPT the dead or disappered ones leave stuff behind in Swiss Banks. So that itself makes any care for their survival against public policy. The King/Government Ministries is the owner of all or a large part of the estates of such persons. I bet they also offer free ammunition, very neutrally.

rhhardin said...

Accordian

Bach's Paccikipnr in Ao-mnhop.

Yodel to that.

rhhardin said...

I was going to look for some Kate and Anna accordian, but this one is nice Leave Me Be, without accordian.

Kate died a couple months ago.

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rhhardin said...

Thomas Mann ("Death in Venice") is the least Tristram Shandian of modern authors, according to Wayne Booth.

Penny said...

"But, rh, this is an idiotic things from Switzerland thread."

If only. Not if you read the entire article. For as easy as it was to 'nod and bob' my way through the first two pages, I felt like someone had punched me in the gut by the time I finished.

Like so many things, it's easy to see what's best for you personally, but ever so difficult to predict just how that might turn out......somewhere down the road, and long after you're gone.

Penny said...

It makes me wish that we could collectively ask the genie for the "gift of foresight".

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Fen said...

Can you be of sound mind when you blow your brains out?

Yes. My Father and I had a deal - he didn't want to spend his final years in a hospital bed. I would have helped him kill himself, or done it myself if he was incapacitated.

Fortunately, when the Cancer came, he lasted just long enough to put up a good fight, but not so long that the pain became became an intolerable torture.

After watching it all, I would have put a gun to my head.

A good friend of his did just that a few months after. He had the Cancer and saw what my Father went through. Not only was he of sound mind, he was one of the best attorney's in Texas.

I don't understand the arguments against. Its my life. If I want to end it, the gov should leave me be.

If "freedom of religion" includes freedom FROM religion. Then the right to life should also include a right to die.

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