A shooting is a form of violence, that elicits all sorts of philosophical questions. Why are humans violent?; Can violence ever be just?, as when someone uses a weapon for self-defense?; Why are some humans violent against themselves? and is it a sin?
I have now written a host of articles on the topic of violence, starting from the distinction between physical, psychological, and verbal violence. But I also regard as key to reflect on what is coercion and how coercion is linked to violence, in order to be able to appreciate the different components that may lead to violent behaviors.
In the end, the usual question comes up: can a human society ever be wholly non-violent, or is pacifism destined to remain a wonderful ethical mirage?