To the OP: Yes, and I have killed before. There is a different between killing and murdering someone. Murder is unjustified. Killing is something that is sanctioned, whether through an act of self defense, or an act of warfare.
I'm happy that I'm not a soldier, since I simply couldn't accept such reasoning. If I had to take anybody's life for any reason, I would have to take mine afterwards.
I wouldn't have much of a problem killing a human.
Animals are a different matter though.
Originally Posted by incubustribute
The only situation in which I could ever feel justified killing someone would be to save my own life from an attack, or to defend a loved one. I'm not saying I'm against the military necessarily or any of that jazz, just me personally.
I agree with these. I have no doubt that I could kill. I don't think that it would be justified, but if I purged all sympathetic emotions from me (which is possible), I could do it. I'd obviously feel worse than horrible at some point afterwards, but the question was "Could you kill?" And the answer is yes.
If I was forced to - yes without question. The idea is repulsive to me however.
There was this issue with chipmunks in the yard (ever see Caddyshack? it was like that) - couldn't get rid of them. They were digging holes all over and then those holes were being used by bumblebees as their new home which made it impossible to mow the lawn because they would attack you if you approached the holes. So, I bought a pellet gun to shoot them. I got one, saw him stagger and die, and then felt so horrible about it afterwards that I ended up just accepting the fact that there were these holes over the yard and gave away the gun (I did use poison to get rid of the bees though). That was a chipmunk. I honestly do not know how people hunt.
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