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whoneedstickets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:12 PM
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73. There is a bright line between stuff and life
Repeated victimization by theft should prompt some anti-theft strategies and police attention (its sad but true that in many places in the US the police aren't very responsive -- but that is a problem to fix with progressive policies not an excuse to lock and load).

If you think your life is in danger and that either you've tried non-violent methods or don't have time to evaluate those, then of course you have a right to defend yourself. The ethics of that are clear. I reject the Castle Doctrine idea that you shouldn't have to try avoidance (but admit that in a home invasion situation with potential dependents this is impossible).

We need, as a society, to more regularly reinforce that violence should ALWAYS be a last resort and that ANY life is more valuable than property. If we fail to do so we are developing a society where life is cheap and short.
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