|Quoting DL021 (Reply 248):|
Do you have the right to take a life?
According to every moral principle ever established in the known universe, no I don't have that right. I have the right to defend myself, but does that amount automatically to the right to use deadly force ? No. It amounts to the right to use "appropriate" force. If someone attacks me with a kipper, I can't shoot them, even a bit. If someone shoots at me, it would be appropriate to use a firearm in an attempt to prevent them from continuing to do so. To just go and blow their head off regardless is inappropriate. I'm not saying I would necessarily have the skill or ability to do either, but it is important that the reaction be appropriate to the threat posed.