reply to post by BlindBastards
I agree. Shooting the person is a bit messy but I can rationalize the reasons for it in this case and some others when people don't feel they have
another option. Like the article said, I believe the guy was going to shoot himself as well but it is claimed that the gun jammed after one shot.
Maybe it did, maybe it didn't...I would have no way of knowing that. But I "get it"...I can see how he thought that was the only way, or maybe
even the "best" most assured way.
Like I said in the OP...when it came to my great uncle, I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide if I was going to "mercy kill" him. When I
finally decided that I was going to do it, I bet you I went through a thousand different methods in my mind...I researched quite a few of those. I
knew I couldn't shoot him (I have seen gunshot victims, not just once either) and knew I didn't want it to be that way (I have family that live with
me...my wife and my crippled father as well) I couldn't put them through that and didn't want to go to prison for it anyways. In the end I thought
I could do it with the insulin...I spent a lot of time researching the amount I would need (he was on humalog insulin pens) I discovered that just a
few pens would "put him out"...
I even went as far as trying to ask him repetitively "is this what you want"....he was, for the most part, out of his head a lot of the
time...between the infection coursing through his body and the pain he really didn't know what I was trying to ask. One night when he was really bad
off and his sugar was really low anyways, I decided I would ask one more time and then I would do it if he said yes or didn't say anything at
all...The only way I wasn't going to was if he said no......I asked....4 times I asked....he did not respond....So I focused my mind and tried to ask
him that way......I got a response that night. He said "not right now" but not verbally (and yeah, maybe my brain made that up...but I don't think
so...I am not generally that type) so I let it go for about a week.....
I struggled with that day in and day out for a over 2 months....it was constantly on my mind. I couldn't sleep because I knew he was suffering...I
sat with him and did everything I could....I fed him food I would put in a blender through a straw.....antibiotics, through a straw....anything he
asked for I tried my best to get it for him (he didn't ask for much....watermelon...he LOVED watermelon)
I went to grimy neighborhoods and dealt with shady people to minimize his pain because, like I said...the doctors....(I don't want to get started on
Anyways...I agree, it would be abused....
I don't know if there are any real solutions besides really looking into it before calling these people murderers....it isn't murder in my eyes. I
asked devoutly religious relatives (only two and they are two I trust wouldn't have said anything even if I had done what I thought about....they
respect others that way and see that "gray area" despite their faith) about the "murder" aspect.......It wasn't really about that to me though.
I would have done it either way...but like I said, nature took its course and I was glad of that....though I will miss him, he lives within me....
I just feel for this guy....and others like this, in this situation, whether they do it or not. I feel for them because I have been placed in that
position...not once but twice. My grandpa had cancer and nearly the same thing happened....bed sores on his back you could literally stick your
entire fist in....able to see the spinal cord...horrible smells, having to keep incense lit 24/7......etc....other things I won't speak of here
because they are too horrible to write....
I guess most, especially in the western world, haven't lived it...they speak from a cold place of no understanding....others understand without
having to have lived it...
It is just a sad situation all around, but is one that needs to be addressed....whether people like to talk about death or not...it is a very real and
natural part of life.