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Ignorant Quote of the Day

March 28, 2012

A friend of mine made a few very good observations on Facebook this morning about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman media circus . One comment that was left is the subject of this post.

I think it would take a lot of punching & head banging before shooting someone is an appropriate response.

My question back was “How long would you let someone violently attack you before it was “appropriate” to defend yourself?” I never received a response.

But my question begs for an answer. 

How much abuse should one have to endure before deadly force is appropriate? Five punches to the face? Ten? Teeth being knocked out? Jaw being broken?

Why should anyone have to suffer even one blow to their body or head?

I know of one particular case of a night club fight in which one punch was thrown. It resulted in the death of the individual who was punched. You would probably have a difficult time finding a medical doctor that would say it is ok to be struck in the head a few times.

 All people have the basic right to their personal safety. In some cases, the mere threat of violence could warrant deadly force. I do not agree with the idea that a persons physical stature should disqualify them from being able to used deadly force if they feel threatened. There are dozens, if not hundreds of National Football League players who could easily be defeated by a highly skilled 120 pound “lightweight” cage fighter in a fight.

As Master Yoda said “Size matters not, … Look at me. Judge me by size, do you?” The same applies to us non-Jedi. Never underestimate the abilities of someone simply based on how big or little they are. It could be a fatal mistake.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2012 11:07 am

    I’d take exactly zero abuse before defending myself.

    To quote ol’ Malcolm Reynolds: “Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill ’em right back!”

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