Every civilization has always been violent to the core

"Our world, and every civilization that ever existed on it, has always been violent to the core. I¹ve arrived at the conclusion that violence is the general state of the human condition. This statement needs to be qualified: There is violence that is born of nothing more than unprovoked and unjustifiable malice. There is also violence that is a natural and righteous reaction to check the unprovoked, unjustifiable type. We can simply call these two categories aggression and self defense. As lawful owners of firearms we practice with the most efficient tools available to protect ourselves and our loved ones from practitioners of the former sort of violence ..."

Rabbi R. Mermelstein
December 15, 2004
Rules of Engagement