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Guest post by "Cerberus"
Here's one Christian's perspective:  I take exception to your statement that there are no exceptions.   Wink   Actually, there are scholars who believe that "Thou shalt not kill" in the Old Testament is a mistranslation.  When Jesus himself taught the Ten Commandments, he didn't say "thou shalt not kill", he said "thou shalt do no murder" (Matt. 19:eighteen), which has an entirely different intent.  Self-defense, or the defense of innocent persons, is not murder.  His apostles, or at least some of them, carried swords (Matthew 26:51; Luke 22:thirty-eight) and Jesus made the statement that everyone that did not own a sword would someday have to sell his garment to buy one (Luke 22:36).  Yes, he also said that "all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword", but I think in that case he was acting to prevent his apostles from fighting (and probably dying) to prevent what God sent him to do.
Of interest to me is the fact that while Theresa's father was a soldier and obviously taught her how to shoot, it's sounding like he didn't speak to her about the possibility that she might have to actually shoot another person - or, if he did, that lesson may not have taken root as it should.  One should never use something that is capable of taking another person's life (and that includes a car, by the way) without considering the responsibility that it entails.  Of course, she's only 16, so to her, it was probably just fun and games (and a way to spend more time with her father) up until someone lost her life.  Unfortunately, there are many adults in the world with that same "fun and games" mindset - towards cars as well as towards firearms and other weapons.   Soapbox

Edited to add: for some reason, all number "eight"s in the post came out as weird smileys, hence the spelled-out version.