Monday, December 25, 2006

I propose a law against killing people.

We could start there. That's what I'd like.

People say there's already such a law. Yes, but it doesn't work, because people are killed all over the place.

People die in so-called accidents, when everyone suspects it was not. Powerful people frequently order up secret killings. In war, not so secret, thousands are killed, and nobody is made responsible. People are killed in state executions. People are afraid of being killed for openly saying their opinions. Business people make and export weapons useful only in killing, with war and arms traffic an integral part of such business. Nobody is found responsible.

People kill for self defense, kill people on their property. They kill those they accuse of something. The police kills. Criminals of all varieties kill - powerful and destitute, wealthy and poor, organized internationally or lone fools.

The truth is, everyone can own weapons, say they'd like to kill, threaten to kill, then arrange some way to get away with killing. They most likely would even say they are in favor of law, and against homicide.

Well, a law that outlaws killing including some paragraphs such as:

- All killing is a crime, in all cases. There is no justification.

- The sentence, in all cases, is to work to repair the damage done to society. To publicly be shamed until apologizing. To work for the well being of the survivors of those killed, or of other families broken by deaths, help children whose parents were killed, or mothers, fathers, and brothers of those killed. All of the killers wages, labor, time and efforts are to go to helping people, until some decision is reached that they have repaired their damages.

- Soldiers, politicians, policemen, in particular, must repair the damage done for their killing. As professionals, trained and paid to defend life, society, and prevent fear in general, they must be trained to never have to actually use their weapons. If they do reach the point of having to use their weapons, and actually kill anyone, it's because they either didn't do their job right, failing to prevent a situation of violence, or just killed outright. In either case, they must also repair the damage they have done.

- There is no longer any such thing as "justified" killing. Killing a person who is violent and dangerous is in itself also violent and dangerous. Other methods must be used to prevent violence. If someone kills and feels it was justified, there is still damage done to society, there are still friends and family of the dead, who suffer, and need help. The killer is still responsible for their well being. The reason for killing is not relevant.

If such things are not done, we will continue in an eternal circle of killing, resentment, vengeance, and more "justified" killing. The only medicine is complete - no more killing, no more reasoning of why and when killing is permitted.

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