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Is Killing Someone to Protect a Person Morally Acceptable?

Posted Aug 2, '14 at 6:05pm

apldeap123

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You already knew the answer... don't ask.


It also depends on the situation, you know. If having to kill someone is the only option to protect someone, then yes, I'm sure you would kill that person. But if there are more than one way to get out of such a situation, killing a person would be my last-resort option.
 

Posted Aug 4, '14 at 12:39am

MattEmAngel

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I will agree with the above for now, although it heavily depends on the two people and your judgement on which deserves to live. Returning to the OP: What if your wife turns and subdues the masked man, then prepares to shoot him? Should you kill your wife to save the life of the criminal? Recall that the original question is "Is it morally acceptable to kill a person in order to save the life of another man?" Gender and relation are evidently irrelevant. The situation works both ways. If your wife is prepared to kill a potential rapist, is it morally acceptable to kill her in order to save the life of another man?

Any sane man would deny this and choose his wife to live, rather than the potential rapist, but then justice is based on your sole judgement. The mother of the potential rapist, for example, may be inclined to shoot the woman instead to save her son.

Puts things in a whole different light, doesn't it? The question is not "What would you do?" It is "Is it MORALLY acceptable?" My answer is no. I would not choose murder if I did not absolutely have to.

 

Posted Aug 5, '14 at 2:18pm

apldeap123

apldeap123

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Should you kill your wife to save the life of the criminal?


If she was my wife, I would try to reason with her. After all, she is my wife.

I would not choose murder if I did not absolutely have to.


I agree with you. Voluntary manslaughter should only be a 'last resort' option.
 

Posted Nov 6, '14 at 2:11pm

apldeap123

apldeap123

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I would not choose murder if I did not absolutely have to.

First of all, bump.

But in what situation would you 'absolutely have to' kill someone to protect yourself or someone else in danger? George Zimmerman felt threatened, and acted accordingly.

 

Posted Nov 6, '14 at 7:59pm

ellock

ellock

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Technically you are not saving the "life" of someone, but saving them from a traumatic experience; which is different. As she would be my wife, I would do it because I am naturally bias to protect those that I love from harm. That is human nature; especially since she is my frickin' wife I would obviously go to a much greater extent to protect her from harm, killing someone would be in that range of things I would do. Only if I had to, though and it would not be something I just DO without caring after, I would very much so hate what I did, but I would do it to protect her.
As for the train issue, I think I would panic and shut down under the pressure of the situation and thus not act at all; if I did act I would prefer to kill the single man and save the others. But then I would change the issue from "witnessing the killing of 5 people" to "Bloody Hell I just murdered someone"... I would have trouble reconciling that.
As for the pebble; the same thing applies, I would like to say I would intervene, but in doing so I am ipso facto killing someone by my own will; I am not naturally sympathetic, but murder in cold blood is not something I think I could do. I could only kill in extreme circumstances; and even then I would have trouble getting over what I did and moving on, I just don't believe in the blatant disregard for human life.

 

Posted Nov 6, '14 at 8:38pm

blk2860

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Imagine this situation: You are walking in the park with your wife and a masked man comes up to your wife. He threatens to kill both of you unless your wife lets him have sex with her.

Is it morally acceptable to kill a person in order to save the life of another man?

Frankly, it depends on the person, and the scenario. In the scenario you gave, it is morally acceptable. But if I witness a shooting, I'm not going to kill the guy unless I know the guy he killed, because frankly that would force me to make assumptions on what that scenario was. If some guy puts a gun to your friend's head, in my opinion, it would be morally acceptable to murder that guy. Another scenario would be if I were to see a serial killer who was wanted on the street, I would kill that guy. It all depends on your relationship with the victim and the killer. Not to mention the motive, if you know it. If it's just two strangers, I would not intervene. I'm sure you get the gist of my opinion at this point.

 

Posted Nov 30, '14 at 8:44pm

RunningWild0908

RunningWild0908

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The answer is subjective, because many, many different people have different moral standards and we cannot determine exactly what the "right principles" are. There are just too many contrasting ethic principles, that are influenced by when and where you grew up. Example;

Let's say you're a white male at any point in time-

1500's- Rape an indian? Go ahead.
1800's- Rape an indian? (As long as she's your slave and not white.)
2000's- Rape anyone and you're going to get incarcerated regardless of race. Case closed.

 

Posted Nov 30, '14 at 8:54pm

RunningWild0908

RunningWild0908

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Really, you don't have to kill him.

Judging from the details given in the scenario, the assailant would be outnumbered, considering it would be a grown man with a grown woman against some horny guy, I would just have my wife tackle his lower body and I would get his upper body and head. Pin him down, knock him out, take his money, piss in his mouth and BOOM! Everybody's happy.

 

Posted Dec 12, '14 at 7:55am

Drink

Drink

1,648 posts

yes, if someone is intentionally plans to take the life of someone out of anger or just for the lols, then killing them to protect innocent people is justified and acceptable in my eyes

 
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