‘Shoot yourself’: GP dares Nitschke to pull the trigger

"Please do the world a favour – take a loaded 12 Ga[uge shotgun] and put it in your mouth, then shoe [sic] us the courage of your convictions – PULL THE TRIGGER! Kind regards, Dr Pat Gibney," reads the email, which has been seen by MO

"It wasn't very pleasant... I was a bit surprised that it's been signed," Dr Nitschke told MO.
"We have occasional threats, but they're rarely signed." 

Attempts to contact Dr Gibney were referred to Aitkenvale Family Health Centre practice manager Raewyn Whitehead. 

She said her organisation, which employs Dr Gibney and has taken no action to suspend him, had no comment to make. 

Ms Whitehead said Dr Gibney had received legal advice that he should not speak to reporters. MO was unable to independently verify this, as Dr Gibney did not return calls.

Dr Gibney backed away from the original email in a follow-up sent to Dr