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To Err is Human Mad vs Bad It is widely believed that all those who commit murder are insane Many claim anyone would have to be out of ones mind to kill another person But in the spirit of war ordinary men and women are trained and encouraged to kill people without remorse or empathy The circumstances under which death takes place affect whether or not it is acceptable to society With this in mind it is obvious that to class people as insane only because they kill is inaccurate In our society there are legally permissible circumstances wherein some people are allowed to kill Without question police men and women are equipped with and trained in the use of guns The purpose of this is to protect ordinary citizens and defend themselves Similarly our armed forces would be useless in time of war if they were not armed and instructed to kill It is expected of them Total bloodshed in World War One on both sides was immense Losses totaled 8538315 killed and 21219452 wounded Until recently our Government executed criminals in certain cases In 1976 after two trial periods when there were no executions Parliament abolished capital punishment for all crimes In some countries including parts of the United States execution is still a common practice Obviously none of these instances involve insane killers Conversely there are also methods which are accepted by some and condemned by others Euthanasia is intended to end the pain and suffering of a person with no hope of recovery from an incurable condition It is still legally considered murder In Canadian criminal law the motive of a person who commits homicide - or any other offense for that matter - is not a factor in determining guilt or innocence what matters is the intention If you intend to cause death and do cause death then you are
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