Friday, February 25, 2011

Is it ever acceptable to kill?

            Anti-second amendment advocates will often ignore self-defense as a reason to own firearms and I'm not sure of why except that maybe they don't think you have the right to defend yourself  or that it is somehow exclusively the job of the Military or Police. Well, anyone who knows even a little bit about crime prevention, self-defense or even has basic common sense knows that the Police simply can't be every where all the time otherwise there would be no crimes committed and their job is largely reactive & investigative rather than preventive and proactive.Most of the time it is up to you to prevent and/or protect yourself & your Family from violent crime.Christians may also ponder whether or not it is a violation of the Ten Commandments to kill in the act of defending yourself or your family and may shy away from guns due to this thinking.No one should wish to kill unless absolutely necessary to save their own or someone else's life.In these cases, it is perfectly acceptable from a legal as well as a Christian perspective.Massad Ayoob once responded to this question so I'll use his words to illustrate my point....

Q.How can one morally keep a lethal weapon when the Fifth Commandment states, “Thou shalt not kill?” .

A. Massad Ayoob-"That’s not what it actually says. Biblical scholars seem unanimously agreed that in the original Hebrew, the commandment said, “Lo Tirtzah, Thou shalt not commit murder,” i.e., thou shalt not kill with evil intent.   This is not an exclusively Judeo-Christian ethos. The Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon all make it clear that there are times when it is both justifiable and necessary for the good to use lethal force against the evil. Provisions for justifiable homicide have existed in every body of law in the history of civilized Man: the Code of Hammurabi, the Napoleonic Code, the English common law, the Dutch-Roman model. From communist nations to capitalist, from the First World to the Third, it has been universally understood that every human being has the right to use lethal force against any individual who unlawfully threatens their life or limb with killing or crippling intent."