When is the right time to defend yourself? Is it when your assailant already fired at you or stabbed at you and missed? Or, is it before any injury is inflicted on your person?
This morning I had a long conversation with someone who spent twelve years in prison. He defended his father from mortal injury. Unfortunately, he killed the attacker.
In his defense, he tried to pacify the attacker who wielded a long bladed knife but to no avail. He and his father would have died that day if he did not react. Himself wounded, he was forced by circumstances to stop the attacker at all cost.
I am a simple person with simple thoughts. However, when evil confronts me in the face, my simple logic stands at the forefront: I must defend myself with whatever means possible.
Methinks, people who intentionally plan and execute misdeeds should account for their malevolence. They should not blame poverty or any past abuses inflicted on them by others. Such kind of justification is too shallow if one considers that their would-be victims may not be remotely connected to the wrongs done to them. Will their targets have the right to defend themselves or not?
A victim who creates a victim of others is no less criminal as the person (or persons) who wronged him in the first place. If this is not so, every victim should have the right to victimize another, and so on, and so forth. When will the violence end then?
What would I do if suddenly, at a time I least expect, a criminal comes to me and tries to rob me? I have two options: first, I’ll give him what he wants and pray he moves along, or second, I will defend myself right there and then.
Situations vary, I know. But if and when my life is threatened, the criminal in front of me could not blame me for sticking to my survival instinct.