Would you hunt elk with a sharp stick, just because you could?
That’s the essence of a question being asked this week in Montana, where a bill in the state Senate is working its way through the legislative process. It’s Senate Bill 112, and its simplicity is deceiving.
All it says is: “In accordance with the provisions of this title and commission regulations, a hand-thrown spear must be considered a lawful means of hunting during the general rifle season and may be used to hunt the big-game animals for which a license is held.”
I’m continually amazed at the lengths some people will go to end their own lives.
Summoning the will to throw your body off a bridge takes equal parts steel resolve and dire hopelessness. Same with slitting one’s wrists or chugging arsenic.
I can’t pretend to know the depths of despair that motivate suicide, but I do know that it’s rarely a spontaneous decision to end one’s own life.
It takes planning. Effort. Determination. Which is why I’m both aghast and impressed at the life-ending idea pursed by Tracy Province, a convict on the run after a prison break in Arizona.
Province’s novel idea was to hike into Yellowstone National Park, overdose on heroin, and let bears eat him. For reasons as unknowable as his suicide plan, Province decided not to go through with death-by-bear and instead opted to hitchhike to Indiana to see relatives. It was on this diversion that he was apprehended by police in rural Wyoming.