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This week Keegan Hamilton brought you the story of Richard Luckett, a 44-year-old Tumwater man who was getting set to plead guilty to two separate

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Comment of the Week: Suicide Is a "God-Given Right"

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This week Keegan Hamilton brought you the story of Richard Luckett, a 44-year-old Tumwater man who was getting set to plead guilty to two separate counts of child molestation. That was, however, until he put a plastic bag over his head, piped some helium in, and died--the latest person to use the Exit Hood strategy of suicide.

His death launched a discussion among readers over whether suicide should be legalized, even to the point of being an available medical practice.

One reader made a decent case that killing one's self should be "100 percent legal."

Jake_V wrote:

If I want to end my life, I will, and the government, an 800 number, or your opinions (anyone that is) are not going to stop me.

To the friends who have, rest in peace more power to you. The the folks who wanted to, I hope you found comfort and were able to deal with you issues. To the folks dying a miserable slow, agonizing death, godspeed and hopefully we'll see each other on the other side...someday.

Suicide should be completely and 100% not only okay, no only legal but a safe and practiced, emphasized as a legit exit.

This is my being, my perspective, my consciousness...If I want to smoke pot, leave me alone, cigarettes, leave me alone, drink, whatever, die, its my call. Its all my call until i infringe on someone else's right to the same thing (I.E. drink and drive and they loose a leg because I was being a dumb fuck). That stuff should be legislated against, however, suicide, no, no way, wrong and completely against our rights, our god given, not constitutional, not government, GOD GIVEN rights.

We're not sure about the "GOD GIVEN rights" thing.

But the idea that one's life is their own to do with as they choose is a case that's been made by people for likely as long as folks have been killing themselves.

Did Luckett, a man who was about to enter a tax-funded correctional institute for a long time after having molested children, do everyone a favor by simply killing himself and being done with it?

It would likely depend on who's asked.

Jake V goes a step further than simply calling for suicide to be legal. He writes that it should also be medically sanctioned, giving people every right to kill themselves in the comfort of a modern doctor's office.

It may seem like an extreme point to take the assisted-suicide argument to. But if one comes to the conclusion that suicide is indeed a right, shouldn't that right exist far enough for someone to find a qualified doctor who can help them die most efficiently and painlessly?

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