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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Easter   Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:16 am

“A weapon, arm, or armament is any device used with intent to inflict damage or harm to living beings, structures, or systems.”  For Christians, Easter is celebrated as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection while the Crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday as the day of his death.  During this season of Easter we are witnessing the use of weapons for the purpose of destruction – the taking of lives while threats of more violence, the taking of more lives, are being planned.  Where are the peacemakers that subscribe to the purported teachings of Christ?  What part of his teachings promotes death and destruction?
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PostSubject: Re: Easter   Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:34 am

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?

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PostSubject: Re: Easter   Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:01 am

An "eye for an eye" is not the teachings of Christ.
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PostSubject: Re: Easter   Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:24 am

If a man carrying a knife broke into your home, threatening you and your family, and you could reach out to a knife or a gun, which would you grab?

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PostSubject: Re: Easter   Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:48 am

At my age, they could take anything they want.  It is not worth dying over or taking the life of another over material things.  Having said that, it is purely hypothetical.  One does not know how they will react until faced with the situation.  We can only speculate on how we would react.
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PostSubject: Re: Easter   Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:18 pm

... but what if the man armed with a knife was threatening to kill your daughter or grandchildren? They are more than just material things.

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PostSubject: Re: Easter   Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:17 pm

Shelagh, the question remains hypothetical.  The “what if’s” cannot be predicted.  I’m once again reading Don Stephen’s books that describe his experience in clandestine operations in S.E. Asia.  His description of events includes his mental state and thoughts associated with action before and after an attack.  Analysis of these actions and the people he led, although helpful, could not be used to predict future encounters.  His highly trained team had some predictability, however much had to do with reaction based on the actions of the enemy and reactions were often instinctive.  Hesitation can be fatal. 
In my younger years, being physically fit and fearless, my attitude reflected a more aggressive stance.  During the time that I was taking frequent flights to and from the M.E. when high jacking was prevalent,  my wife would plead with me not to do anything stupid if I was on such a flight.  She was aware of my tendency to step in and become involved.  Age together with wisdom tends to alter one’s attitude together with experience in dangerous situations.  Seeking a peaceful solution is more difficult than knee-jerk reactions.  We are witnessing that in current world events.  Evaluating action and possible reaction is wise.  Iraq is a good example.  Even when/if we learn from history, no two events are exactly the same.  Trying to predict the reaction to the break-in of ones home is futile.  How would one know in advance if the break-in was for the purpose of theft or to harm the occupants?   Trying to defuse a situation may buy some time to think more clearly.  Unfortunately events can happen so fast that reaction cannot be predicted.  Having a weapon may be more dangerous than not having a weapon. 
Discussing potential threats is useful.  We must also be aware that there is no right way to resolve an unpredictable situation.
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