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Apart from the odds that you will be killed anyway if you submit to threats of violence it would s

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“Apart from the odds that you will be killed anyway if you submit to threats of violence, it would seem-especially in today’s world of permissive atrocity -that it may be your social duty to resist. The law seems completely disinclined to discourage violent crime. The sociopath who attacks you has little to fear, at this writing, from either the police or the courts. The chief of police of our capital city has stated in print that, “The greatest real and immediate hazard that the old-up man faces is the possibility that his victim may be armed and might shoot the criminal.” (U.S. News and World Report, 8 December 1969, page 35.) The syntax may be a bit garbled, but the meaning is clear. If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim. If a felon attacks you and lives, he will reason- ably conclude that he can do it again. By submitting to him, you not only imperil your own life, but you jeopardize the lives of others. The first man who resisted Starkweather, after eleven murders, overcame him easily and without injury. If that man had been the first to be accosted, eleven innocent people would have been spared.”

Cooper, Jeff. Principles of Personal Defense. Paladin Press, 2006, loc. 44-45.

The combination of the state, not being “the state,” (that is, executing legal force for the defense of person and property) and our duty to love others may, indeed, create an obligation to resist those who mean us harm.