If you have to kill someone to stay alive would that be self defence?

Say your in a plane and it was going down. There's one parachute a guy you don't even know runs for it, you pick up a knife and kill him so you can have the parachute.

Is that self defence?

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  • 1 year ago

    NO, and it's "defense" with an S !

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  • 1 year ago

    Planes that are used for parachuting will have enough parachutes for everyone on board. Commercial flights do not have parachutes for their passengers.

    In your pretend scenario, it would be murder because someone grabbing the last parachute is not considered assault, so it does not justify self defense.

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  • 1 year ago

    The circumstance you give would not be grounds for justification. That said, there are multiple circumstances in which "self defense" would be considered an affirmative defense to your actions. I'm particularly referring to New York State Penal law so it might be different where you live but if it's in the US most states have similar laws, though some of the circumstances may vary.

    Now here's the thing, it's an "affirmative defense". So just say you are in a situation where you "reasonably believe" your life is threatened by someone else and you defend yourself by taking the life of said individual threatening you. You may, and most likely will be, still arrested and charged with a homicide-related crime. Now based on the circumstances of justification you can defend yourself with those circumstances and if it is, in fact, true, you will not be guilty of the charges. In many of these instances, it wouldn't even go to court but you would still have to deal with the trauma of the initial situation and aftermath.

    The big things to consider is that "reasonable" factor. In law justification is often determined by if someone's actions would be considered acceptable by a "reasonable person". Notice how subjective a term "reasonable" is. That's why there are so many issues surrounding this topic, it's basically a big clusterfuck and dependant on the body of peers you refer to.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    in a second ................................

    Source(s): Retired Army SFC .
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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Well, if Trump did that, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani WOULD argue that it was ‘self-defense’, so to answer your question........no.

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  • 1 year ago

    No.

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  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Not necessarily. If you were killing them for the purpose of eating them, presumably to stay alive, it wouldn't be self defense.

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  • 1 year ago

    Nope. But if the guy was trying to crash the plane, then it would be.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    It is the desire for survival. The scenario wouldn't be considered self-defence.

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  • Uri
    Lv 4
    1 year ago

    Yea, self defence, exactly aka surviving

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