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Killer--someone who can kill. A person who can take the life of another human being.
Murderer--A subset of the group of killers. Someone who kills another human being for no justifiable reason by any code of honor, or morality or spirituality. This person kills for pleasure, or out of rage or anger, revenge, or jealously, not to protect or preserve life.
Is it the natural condition of human beings to want to kill each other? Of course. Absolutely. I honestly believe that it is natural for us to want to behave like animals and destroy each other. I think that the natural condition of humanity is based on greed, fear, and lust. But there is also a part of our nature that wants to do better, that wants to show compassion, love, sharing and that part is our spirit. It is the classic conflict of the carnal human verses the spiritual human, and it occurs in all of us all the time. Our spiritual beliefs are supposed to teach us to not let the flesh rule the person, but the spirit.
I would NOT want to kill the Roof Shooter, but basically, I believe that if you go around randomly killing people you have already forfeited your life. I'd feel very bad about it, but I would do it because I believe in protecting good people from evil ones. I'd pray and ask God to forgive me after I neutralized the shooter. I know I would intend to try to shoot to wound, but I think instinct would kick in and my bullets would find themselves hitting the guy in the center of his body.
But I can see how there are those who would not.
The argument that fuels those of us who are totally against killing is that a) only God has the right to take a human life, and b) if we kill the shooter, we are no better than he is. This is despite the fact that cops, soldiers, and others are paid to use guns in order to keep order in a society. There are also those of us who believe that God will take care of the shooter, or that the shooter will reap the karmic consequences of his actions.
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