Congress does not explain

November 01, 1999|By Arnold Rosenfeld

IN COLORADO, the mother of a student critically wounded in the Columbine High School massacre goes into deep depression and kills herself in a pawnshop with a handgun.

In Ohio, a former state finance director finds he has a bad form of cancer, and dies, instead, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, members vote 272-156 to make it illegal for doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs for terminally ill patients. No mention is made of guns, one of the principal methods of choice for suicide. Congress finds no need to explain the moral distinction.

Congress is, of course, against intrusion of government into private lives. That must be it.

Arnold Rosenfeld is editor-in-chief of the Cox Newspapers. His e-mail address: arnold.rosenfeld@cox.com.

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