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Because context is everything, allow me to helpfully assist. This is a comment that has been latched onto by neoconservatives and extremist gun fanatics, NRA members, etc. The comment was originally reported in the "Seattle Times" in 2001. A more relevant example follows, including a link to the original story--the whole story. Do enjoy! :)
During his talk, the Dalai Lama largely steered clear of religious themes. At one point, he said that practicing religious beliefs can help develop a warm-hearted, compassionate person who can help change the world. But he also said it was possible to develop those traits without religious beliefs.
Students, in a question-and-answer period, asked some hard questions.
One girl wanted to know how to react to a shooter who takes aim at a classmate.
The Dalai Lama said acts of violence should be remembered, and then forgiveness should be extended to the perpetrators.
But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, he said, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. Not at the head, where a fatal wound might result. But at some other body part, such as a leg.
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