Yes, spur of the moment, police and other defenders must make such decisions. Sometimes they are wrong, and there are consequences to pay, and it is a tragedy. But, if they don't act and the hostage or wife is harmed, then that is a tragedy as well. In fact, I have known of both such cases through friends. Acting or failing to act can have terrible effects. I hopefully would minimize the force to what might be necessary. Hopefully, one's instincts will allow what is appropriate in that moment. In the first case, why was the father holding a knife to the child's throat?avisitor wrote: ↑Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:31 pm
The man taking the kid as hostage could be the kid's father.
Even though what he is doing is wrong in the eyes of the law, he is doing out of his love for the kid.
So, police officer kills the father in front of the kid's eyes???
Is this the wisest thing to do?
So, you would take your gun out and shoot the intruder hovering over your wife?
Or maybe take a baseball bat and hit the intruder?
And what if the intruder turned out to be your son?
I know such people who have been in such situations.Groups coming to rape women and burn down village?????
Do you live in such a violent neighborhood, country, world???
My policeman friend who killed the hostage taker and saved the child knew it was a perfectly "justifiable" shooting by legal standards, and he was cleared and even given a medal of some sort. Nonetheless, he feels the Karma and the weight of having to have taken a human life, and says there is almost not a day in which he does not think about it.
I am reminded of the story of the Buddha, as Bodhisattva, and the 500 merchants. The Buddha, in a prior incarnation, committing murder for just such reason. The important point is that he was willing to take upon himself the Karmic effects which would result in order to save the lives of many, and in order to spare the murderous pirate from his own bad Karma.
I am reminded of this picture of the young Dalai Lama being escorted out of China by well armed guards.(In a previous life, the Buddha was Captain Compassionate Heart, sailing with 500 merchants. An evil pirate, Dung Thungchen (Blackspear) appeared, threatening to kill them all. )The captain, a bodhisattva himself, saw the [pirate]'s murderous intention and realized this crime would result in eons of torment for the murderer. In his compassion, the captain was willing to take hellish torment upon himself by killing the man to prevent karmic suffering that would be infinity greater than the suffering of the murdered victims. The captain's compassion was impartial; his motivation was utterly selfless.
http://venyifa.blogspot.com/2008/09/sto ... ptain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... from-tibet
May nobody ever have to face such situations.