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PetersSmith
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5/8/2016 5:15:23 AM
Posted: 7 months ago
Suicide is fairly common in society, resulting in about 42,773 deaths per year, being the 10th most common cause of death in the US, and amounting a cost of $44 Billion annually. Not only that, but it's also considered a religious sin, classified as violence against oneself, and others saying people shouldn't choose when they need to die. https://en.wikipedia.org...

Whenever "death" is mentioned, obviously the legal system has to swoop in and rule on it. Unlike murder though, what do you do when someone wants to die? Long story short, it's difficult to say legally. On a nationwide level, only two states still list suicide as a crime, but some states consider it an "unwritten common law crime". Generally, the court has to deal with issues of damage caused by someone attempting or committing suicide, and individuals suing and accusing others of causing it. Speaking of causing, assisted suicide is considered illegal in most states. However, states are finicky when it comes to suicide baiting, with only a California law specifically designating it as a crime.

So, let's ask you people some pressing questions. What is your stance on the legality of someone committing suicide? Do you think, if they survive the attempt, they should be punished in some way? Should the punishment be forced hospitalization paid for by the family and/or the state, a fine based on "damage" caused, imprisonment, house arrest, and/or punishment by death? Do you think if a person successfully kills themselves should the family pay for the "damage" caused?

Second, do you think assisted suicide should be legal? Should a physician be able to deliver it? Should a friend or family member be able to assist someone in killing themselves? If not, how harshly should the aid be punished?

Third, do you think that suicide baiting should be a crime? This is where an individual encourages another to commit suicide, such as what happened with Amanda Todd. How would you define it? Would it just be saying "you should kill yourself?" or persistent bullying and thus the source of the suicide is implied?

Fourth, do you think society takes suicide seriously enough? Do you think it's "joked" about too much and people don't take warning signs seriously?

Discuss.
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5/8/2016 9:38:56 PM
Posted: 7 months ago
At 5/8/2016 5:15:23 AM, PetersSmith wrote:
Suicide is fairly common in society, resulting in about 42,773 deaths per year, being the 10th most common cause of death in the US, and amounting a cost of $44 Billion annually. Not only that, but it's also considered a religious sin, classified as violence against oneself, and others saying people shouldn't choose when they need to die. https://en.wikipedia.org...

Whenever "death" is mentioned, obviously the legal system has to swoop in and rule on it. Unlike murder though, what do you do when someone wants to die? Long story short, it's difficult to say legally. On a nationwide level, only two states still list suicide as a crime, but some states consider it an "unwritten common law crime". Generally, the court has to deal with issues of damage caused by someone attempting or committing suicide, and individuals suing and accusing others of causing it. Speaking of causing, assisted suicide is considered illegal in most states. However, states are finicky when it comes to suicide baiting, with only a California law specifically designating it as a crime.

So, let's ask you people some pressing questions. What is your stance on the legality of someone committing suicide?
If they want to end their life- I don't think they should, but it's their choice.
Do you think, if they survive the attempt, they should be punished in some way?
No.

Should the punishment be forced hospitalization paid for by the family and/or the state, a fine based on "damage" caused, imprisonment, house arrest, and/or punishment by death?
No.

Do you think if a person successfully kills themselves should the family pay for the "damage" caused?
What do you mean?

Second, do you think assisted suicide should be legal? Should a physician be able to deliver it? Should a friend or family member be able to assist someone in killing themselves? If not, how harshly should the aid be punished?
I don't like it, but again, their choice.

Third, do you think that suicide baiting should be a crime? This is where an individual encourages another to commit suicide, such as what happened with Amanda Todd. How would you define it? Would it just be saying "you should kill yourself?" or persistent bullying and thus the source of the suicide is implied?
Bullying could be crime... but what would the punishment be? If they're kids who forced someone to commit suicide?

Fourth, do you think society takes suicide seriously enough? Do you think it's "joked" about too much and people don't take warning signs seriously?
I think everyone cries after, but no one does enough to educate people on the gravity and repercussions of their actions.
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5/9/2016 12:48:33 AM
Posted: 7 months ago
At 5/8/2016 5:15:23 AM, PetersSmith wrote:
Suicide is fairly common in society, resulting in about 42,773 deaths per year, being the 10th most common cause of death in the US, and amounting a cost of $44 Billion annually. Not only that, but it's also considered a religious sin, classified as violence against oneself, and others saying people shouldn't choose when they need to die. https://en.wikipedia.org...

Whenever "death" is mentioned, obviously the legal system has to swoop in and rule on it. Unlike murder though, what do you do when someone wants to die? Long story short, it's difficult to say legally. On a nationwide level, only two states still list suicide as a crime, but some states consider it an "unwritten common law crime". Generally, the court has to deal with issues of damage caused by someone attempting or committing suicide, and individuals suing and accusing others of causing it. Speaking of causing, assisted suicide is considered illegal in most states. However, states are finicky when it comes to suicide baiting, with only a California law specifically designating it as a crime.

So, let's ask you people some pressing questions. What is your stance on the legality of someone committing suicide? Do you think, if they survive the attempt, they should be punished in some way? Should the punishment be forced hospitalization paid for by the family and/or the state, a fine based on "damage" caused, imprisonment, house arrest, and/or punishment by death? Do you think if a person successfully kills themselves should the family pay for the "damage" caused?

No.

Second, do you think assisted suicide should be legal? Should a physician be able to deliver it? Should a friend or family member be able to assist someone in killing themselves? If not, how harshly should the aid be punished?

Only if the person passes a psychological exam and death is imminent regardless.

Third, do you think that suicide baiting should be a crime? This is where an individual encourages another to commit suicide, such as what happened with Amanda Todd. How would you define it? Would it just be saying "you should kill yourself?" or persistent bullying and thus the source of the suicide is implied?

Bullying - yes.

Fourth, do you think society takes suicide seriously enough? Do you think it's "joked" about too much and people don't take warning signs seriously?

It is not taken seriously enough.
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