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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:10 AM
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32. If someone's in the middle of committing a crime, giving them the benefit of the doubt is impossible
That's why when the police corner a criminal with a gun, if it looks like he's making a move, they'll take the shot. It doesn't matter if he did something deserving of death or not. That's why we have self defense laws that are predicated on the threat of bodily harm, rather than it's knowledge, because there are times when judgements are impossible to make.

Now if some kid from the city whose mother works 60 hours a week to feed him decides that purse snatching is an easy way to make some pocket change, and gets the shit scared out of him by a middle aged woman with a gun, all the better should he decide that it's not the life for him. I wish more people in that position did. But the very same desperation that makes somebody start grabbing purses, or selling crack, can lead them to do stupider things as well--like knifing somebody to death over the $100 in their wallet.

Either way, it's a tragedy. I don't think anyone grows up wanting to be a purse snatcher, or a drug dealer, and the fact that they're in that situation--either from desperation or the lack of proper guidence--is a failure of our society. But if we're going to be rolling the dice when it comes to crime, I'd always rather the would-be victim come out on top. Whatever you can say about the attacker's chances for redemption, the victim did absolutely NOTHING to merit the chance of dying.
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