Justification of Violence

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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...