THE OTHER KIND OF VIOLENCE

Everybody talks about senseless violence … but what about the other kind of violence? How come no one talks about sensible violence?

You hear about senseless violence even more often than the ubiquitous “stay in the car.” We know no one stays in the car. Ever. “Senseless violence” implies there’s another kind. The sensible kind.

 

sensible violence

Reasonable, well thought-out violence.

1. “He needed killing” is still accepted in some American courtrooms as a defense against a charge of murder. If he needed killing and you kill him, you have committed an act of sensible violence.

2. “No one was supposed to get hurt.” You found yourself short of money, so you held up the bank. Using automatic weapons. You had a perfect plan which went unaccountably wrong. “But your Honor, no one was supposed to get hurt!”

3. “I had no choice.” You could have gotten a divorce, but you were put off by all the paperwork, lawyers, and courts. Not to mention having to share your stuff. So, you killed your husband and shoved his body in the clothes dryer. Sensible and tidy.  “Your Honor, he really pissed me off. And it wasn’t easy getting him into the machine. What other choice did I have?”

4. “Anyone would have done the same thing.” Really, no kidding. Anyone. It was the only reasonable response. “Your Honor, she burned the roast. I had to kill her. Anyone would have done the same thing.”

5. “I lost my temper.” You said I wouldn’t like you when you are angry. You were right.

So you see? Not all violence is senseless. If you didn’t mean it, you had no choice, your plan went awry … it’s all good. Sensible.



Categories: Blogging, Crime and Cops, Humor, Law, Legal Matters, Sayings and Platitudes

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30 replies

  1. Marilyn, you have outdone yourself! I have to quit laughing here and try to get back on track. The evening news should report the violence the way you just depicted it, I’m sure it would help to reduce the numbers of murders happening every minute.

    I have one other take on sensible violence. The US Government sent over 58,000 of our young people to Vietnam to be killed there, that must have been sensible violence. The murderers have become our best trading partners. I hope that didn’t sound unpatriotic, it surely wasn’t meant to be.

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  2. The reality is that we are all living in Dodge City again and Marshall Dillon can’t quite handle all the angry folks in town. 🙂

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  3. A very sensible post. I just love all the excuses – my favourite being ‘he deserved it’

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  4. What about psychological violence – where people play with your mind to drive you nuts?
    Leslie

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  5. You wrote about this before didn’t you? That, or maybe I am just loosing my marbles.
    Good post~!

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  6. Then there’s Flip Wilson’s “The devil made me do it”!!

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  7. So I said,”If you pop that gum one more time…” *sigh* and he did. So I took the shotgun down off of the wall and i fired two warning shots… into his head.

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  8. I think I rolled my eyes at each excuse. I like your blog. I am a victim of senseless violence. Thank you for this. It does bring some hilarity into some people’s “reasons” for violence.

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  9. Wow!! He needed killing as opposed to needed living? Great post!

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  10. hahahahaha…………….love the clothes dryer! All good, sensible excuses!

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