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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
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Topic - Justin Earp
The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, looking to draw attention to the dangers of "huffing" helium, called Thursday for new restrictions on the sale of the gas - as well as a more serious approach in the media to coverage of its misuse.
Loriann and Justin Earp thought they were sending their daughter, Ashley Long, to the usual neighborhood sleepover when a popular party prank took her life. Ashley inhaled helium - something any 14-year-old girl might do to make her voice sound like a cartoon character - and died when the gas burst her lungs.
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"Did you know that a ... 6-year-old can walk into any store in the U.S. and purchase a helium tank? They can't even read the labels on the box," said Justin Earp, the father of Ashley Long, an Oregon 14-year-old who died last month after inhaling helium at a party.
"It should be illegal to purchase helium unless you are 21 or are a licensed doctor or anesthesiologist," Mr. Earp said.