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Justification of violence 6

Justification of Violence

Violence and the justification of it has been an issue for as long as the

world has been in existence. There are many conflicting opinions on the subject,

many in favor and many opposing the idea. I am personally split on the issue; I

believe that in some cases, violence can be justified; however, I also believe

that in others, it cannot be.

In my opinion, the only instance in which violence can be justified is

self-defense. I believe that if an innocent person is attacked for some reason

and their life is put in danger, they have the right to fight back to save

themselves. How can a person let themselves be attacked and do nothing to help

themselves survive? It's almost unreasonable to believe that. There are plenty

of situations that fit this example. One of them is rape. If a woman is being

attacked and sexually forced to do something she did not consent on doing, she

has the right to fight back and prevent it from happening. Rape does not only

involve sexual assault; there is much physical assault involved, also. Many

women are held at gunpoint, knife, tied or beaten by their attackers, and this

is not right. Any woman under these circumstances should fight back and do what

they have to do to save themselves before it's too late. Other situations which

call for justifiable violence, in my opinion, are robbery at gunpoint and any

other type of unprovoked violence.

Other than self-defense, I do not believe violence should be tolerated at

any cost. Hitting children when they do something "wrong" is not justifiable.

I believe that if a child does something their parents don't want them to do,

they should be taught not to do it anymore simply because their parents don't

want them to do it. But, I believe that when you hit a child when they do

something wrong, they don't repeat the action because they're afraid of the

consequences, rather than understanding why they shouldn't do it again. It

gives the wrong impression on the child and teaches them that violence is okay

if you're trying to teach someone a lesson, so they carry this over into their

lives when they get older, and the chain of violence is never broken.

War, in general, I believe, is ineffective. I think that it totally uses

the wrong reasons for countries to agree to compromise. It's amazing that

before war, countries are totally against one another, yet after blowing away

half of each other's population, they're willing to talk. It makes you think.

I think that if countries would talk out their problems in a more peaceful

manner, they would much easier come up with plans that would include both of

their needs and desires. I think the world uses war in the wrong way; they're

in wars to show their own power and prove themselves to the world. War is not

only bad because of those reasons. It is also negative because innocent men and

women from the involved countries are killed. Even if they couldn't care less

about what was going on, they are drafted to fight for their country. And many

of them die, which is really depressing, because they didn't want to be there in

the first place. The government declares war, yet the citizens suffer their

decision. Why don't the Congressmen strap on some uniforms and get out on the

field and fight? If they're the ones making the decision to fight, they should

be subject to the same consequences we are. They are determining the fate of

millions of people, yet keeping themselves safe. It's unfair.

Though I think that war isn't justifiable, I still hold to my belief that

if we must fight in our self-defense, then we should. However, I don't believe

we should ever provoke another country to start a war, nor should we declare war

on another country unless they have already started attacking and killing our

people.

Two acts of violence that I have a split opinion on are both the death

penalty and abortion. I don't believe that both are either totally wrong or

totally right. I think the death penalty is a good concept, because I think it

might scare some people away from committing any crime that would require its

use. However, I don't think it's very effective because it doesn't really teach

the person a lesson; they never have a chance to change. I think a life-long

jail term would be much more effective, because the person would be forced to

live in a bad environment and suffer and realize that what they did was wrong,

and this is how they have to pay for it. Death doesn't really teach them

anything. I don't support abortions, but I do understand that in some cases it

is better to not have the child than have it and let it grow up in bad

conditions. Most teens who get pregnant consider abortions because they are too

young, too irresponsible, and don't have the time or money to raise a child.

And most of all, they don't want the child. If they were to have the child and

raise it themselves, it wouldn't grow up in very good care. The mother wouldn't

necessarily put her child first, and it would probably end up getting raised by

grandparents. I think having the child and giving it up for adoption is better

than abortion in most cases. It avoids the violence of abortions and gives the

child a chance to live in the world.

Overall, I do not condone violence. However, I do believe that it is

justifiable in some very few cases, mainly, self-defense. All other times, I

feel it is unnecessary and differences can be worked out in other ways.

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