Violence v. Wrongful Violence
In his post about the recent case in which a federal district court held that a high school student couldn't be stopped from wearing a t-shirt bearing the Marine creed, Eugene Volokh had (yet another) highly quotable passage:
And they got it wrong because they made a basic error that's unfortunately far too common: They confused violence with wrongful violence.
Using guns to kill innocent classmates is obviously a heinous crime. Using a gun to defend yourself is perfectly proper. An American marine's using guns to kill the enemy is a necessary (though sometimes regrettable) duty. And while we should generally want to create a culture of law-abidingness, a culture of pacifism -- or a culture in which the Marine Creed is treated as the equivalent of gangsta rap -- is a recipe for national disaster.
Posted by jkhat at March 16, 2005 05:48 PM
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|# March 16th, 2005 7:54 PM kris|
|volokh says "An American marine's using guns to kill the enemy is a necessary (though sometimes regrettable) duty."
typical neocon response. clearly our marines wouldn't have to kill anyone if we'd just stop making enemies.
|# March 16th, 2005 7:58 PM james|
there are going to be people that dont pick up on your intended sarcasm.
|# March 17th, 2005 3:41 PM pdkn|
|Capitalize Marine, you wimp. |