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Justification of violence

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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