Straw man argument. It has nothing to do with property, and everything
to do with civil order. You don't shoot looters because they are
stealing stuff, you shoot looters because they are interfering with
rescue efforts and the restoration of civil order. Society has a right
to defend itself, collectively just as much as individually.
I've been told that looters are taking money from shopowners. So those
looking for food are just as guilty as stealing money when they steal food.
If you are going to use that argument, then you'd better do a better job
making it stick.
You can't see the ethical difference between stealing food and water to
keep yourself alive, vs. stealing consumer goods with no survival value,
during a life threatening emergency situation?
Really? You _REALLY_ don't see the difference? Direct question; please
provide a direct question if you are capable of it.
So, you think we should just let the criminals run off with firearms,
and let the insurance claim work it out? Don't you see that an armed
criminal is a danger to society in general, and during an emergency
Fair enough, it's just that you made that same point to me an hour or
two earlier as well. And killfiles are a great way of improving
signal:noise ratio - it's not an act of "wow, I can't compete with
that", it's a statement of "Wow, that's not even worth my time to read".
Try 'em, you'll like 'em.
Because that's their function; to preserve law and order. Without that,
rescue operations are impossible. Oh, and last I checked? Fire and
EMS are in the rescue business; cops aren't trained nearly as highly in
rescue as firefighters and EMTs. I'm speaking from direct personal
experience on that, by the way. How about you?
Don't count on it. I disagree with shooting looters. I disagree that the
job of cops is force and intimidation (or that it's the job of the US). I
think his statements are immoderate, just like yours. I am a very
accommodating person. I would not shoot anyone with a rubber band gun. If
I shoot an animal or human it would not be with a toy or with intention to
cause an owwee.
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