Statements of Conscience

Devin Henry

New York, United States


I feel that in almost every single situation there are non-violent approaches one could take to arrive at a resolution. Violence should be used as an absolute last resort, if at all, to resolve a conflict. And I feel that, especially in contemporary times, this is not the case. In our global society it seems that violence is used first in a shoot first, ask questions later style, and this is not something I support. All sides guilty of this shoot first philosophy, some faster than others, but all have blood on their hands. It is here I declare my conscientious objection to this practice. I would much rather see efforts made to lend an ear or a helping hand to or even an affirming pat on the back instead of a firearm to the face.