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Show Of Hands November 19th, 2019 3:48am

If you had to kill someone in self defense, do you think it would have a lasting effect on you psychologically?

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lcamino Florida and Georgia
11/23/19 4:11 pm

Yes, I know it would.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
11/22/19 12:30 pm

Lasting, yes, but not so catastrophic as most. I’ve already dealt with the moral questions.

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ParaguasPato Columbus GA
11/20/19 4:54 pm

I’m still not over that time I ran over a squirrel.

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Constitutionist Southern Illinois
11/20/19 9:42 pm

That squirrel was not harming you. The other person would be.

ParaguasPato Columbus GA
11/20/19 10:54 pm

I’m not saying I would regret defending myself, just that it would affect me.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
11/22/19 12:30 pm

How do you know the squirrel wasn’t attempting carjacking?

ParaguasPato Columbus GA
11/22/19 1:08 pm

The squirrel had an extensive rap sheet so I wouldn’t be surprised.

CarlAmeric Bradenton, FL
11/20/19 3:04 pm

Not in the least!!!

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
11/19/19 9:31 pm

I think taking a life regardless of the reason would have an impact & would definitely require processing & time.

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susanr Colorado
11/19/19 5:20 pm

Of course it would. I really don’t understand those here who are saying it would not. I’m gonna guess that it it actually happened to them, their answer would change.

Ask anyone who has killed in combat if it didn’t have a lasting effect on them.

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TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
11/19/19 8:24 pm

I have a memory problem. 50/50 I would even remember. Another 50/50 if the memory was personal.

Once, I was mugged. I was simultaneously having one of my little breaks. I recall little, except that he ended up pretty well beaten and I had a piercing ripped out. Until this moment, it never even occurred to me to feel bad.

EarlyBird Portland
11/19/19 2:21 pm

I think I’d handle it better than most.

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sea California
11/19/19 2:15 pm

Nope. Maybe for a month or so, but not after that

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bjg1009
11/19/19 1:49 pm

Absolutely! It’s why I’d never have been able to serve in the military and keep my sanity. I would have a ton of issues processing that I took a life no matter the circumstances. It’s the knowledge of ending their life and the ripple of how it impacts everyone else who knew them that would bother me

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devinstacks
11/19/19 4:28 pm

You could always become a cook or an admin clerk...

DJAria Coushatta, LA
11/19/19 1:21 pm

No, probably not.

I’m 80 years old now. I’ve seen a lot of messed up shit. If someone is going to try to kill me, an eighty year old man, they probably deserved to die.

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Robert0111 Oscar Romeo
11/19/19 11:12 am

That's kind of a yeah I know does thing it would have a lasting effect.

I saw a squirrel Get Zapped on a transformer in that image is burned into my memory. Watching any animal or both for that matter being killed will always leave a lasting effect of seeing things on 4chan that I can't unsee.

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katerina13 stuck in the middle
11/19/19 6:15 pm

Earlier, in the news, I saw where a lady rescued a baby koala bear from a burning forest. The bear was burned and crying. I was actually eating. That was almost too much. Broke my heart. They said the bear is doing well, but still. And, yes, even in self defense, it would haunt me to have to kill someone.

timeout Boston Strong
11/19/19 11:07 am

I can’t think how it would not, I’ve never killed anyone so of course it would.

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orgblu10 Shamerica
11/19/19 11:04 am

I think it would have to have an affect. I'm thankful to have never been confronted with that situation.

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krayzewolf New Hampshire
11/19/19 10:20 am

Nope, but I'm pretty damaged already so I'm pretty sure I'd be fine.

MrsCrayonWax
11/19/19 7:11 am

Of course it would.

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FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/19/19 6:32 am

It took me a week to get over the worst of watching a kid get hit by a car less than 15 feet away from me (I think she survived). Having to kill someone would definitely traumatize me to some level.

USNavyVet Sonar Man STG2
11/19/19 6:25 am

Fuck NO I am not a twinkie.

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phalnx Ohio
11/19/19 5:00 am

Not at all. I'd laugh about it afterwards, maybe even carve a notch in my belt.

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Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
11/19/19 6:02 am

Bringing you to a grand total of 1. Such a badass, everybody goes silent when you walk in the doors at the biker bar.

phalnx Ohio
11/19/19 5:49 pm

One?! I once killed FIDDY men just by picking my nose and flicking it at 'em.

youtu.be/jCKAW3vpY1M

BOOGERRRR!!!

gonzoboy Arizona
11/19/19 3:41 am

Being affected psychologically after a traumatic event is not an all-or-nothing proposition... it happens in degrees & levels, IMHO. So, "Yes", there would be some lasting psychological effect, not necessarily a debilitating one, and hopefully not a permanent one...
UNLESS, you’re actually looking for a situation where you can take someone out in self-defense, so you can revel in your accomplishment after the fact. Perhaps sociopathy happens in degrees, too?

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TierasPet
11/19/19 3:10 pm

Great analysis, I agree.

Americanguy
11/19/19 3:27 am

Even though they were all evil and during war, sadly it can stay with you every single day of your life.

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DonWichita Kansas
11/19/19 2:46 am

Not a negative effect.

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ChadRico Virginia
11/19/19 12:12 am

Would depend on the circumstances.

friendlysadist
11/18/19 10:49 pm

How in the hell would I not?

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4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
11/18/19 9:15 pm

Perhaps not so much from killing a person who deserved it, but from stress associated with dealing with the police and the publicity.

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centexken Republic of Texas
11/19/19 1:28 pm

That's a good point. Killing in self defense probably isn't much compared to dealing with the police afterwards. One happens in minutes while the other goes on for months. Depending on where you live you might be charged and put on trial.

Quinnipiac Here
11/18/19 8:59 pm

Killing is very final. No oopsies, no takebacks. I would always have that nagging uncertainty that maybe he wasn’t a true leftist, but was manipulated by the evil mainstream media.

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Senate101 San Diego
11/18/19 9:23 pm

Hahaha murdering your political opponents! Good one!

Doopy Remedial Americanism
11/22/19 12:34 pm

It’s not murder if you’re killing your political opponents in self defense. That’s called civil war.