Is killing One to Save Ten Wrong?

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by Bowser, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Crcata Registered Senior Member

    Where i come from that is absolutely not true.

    You arent held to 20 20 visiok of hindsight. You are held to what a reasonable person would do. Although thats extremely subjective, Im positive you would not be considered excessive for killing a man walking into a club with an ak47 just because you dont "know" what his intentions are or if its real, loaded etc.

    All anyone can do is act based on the information they have and then apply some critical thinking.

    If we as citizens, or police ofcrs were held to a standard of acting strictly off what we know...then we would simply not be able to survive in dangerous situations.
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

    Te scenario presented was just a guy walking down the street carrying an AK47. You can't kill a man for that.
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  5. FrogBoot42 Registered Member

    Well, it’s a bit like killing a dog you love to put it out of its misery – tough to do, but you won’t forgive yourself if you don't.

    If the purpose of a society is to better enable people to pursue happiness then I’m afraid the harsh answer simply is yes. Kill even a sweet innocent child if it saves ten.

    When it comes to actual criminal acts it isn’t even a question, which would be like having consideration of the rights of cancer cells to live. That would be fine and acceptable if your stated purpose is to keep all cells alive no matter what.

    There is usually a price to pay for happiness and any freedom.
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  7. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    "When guns are outlaws, only outlaws will have guns."

    Makes it easy to tell who the outlaws are.

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