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Omar Karindu

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Reverend Meteor

Subj: Re: Just how stringent is Punisher's killing policy?
Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 at 09:42:46 pm EST (Viewed 1051 times)
Reply Subj: Just how stringent is Punisher's killing policy?
Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 at 02:37:22 pm EDT (Viewed 16 times)

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Punisher is anti-drugs. I assume he would kill you for selling crack, meth or heroin. But what about pot? Is he going to kill your friendly neighborhood pot dealer?

Punisher is anti-rape. I assume he would kill a violent rapist. But what about just a simple statutory rapist...like the suspect is 18 and the victim is 15?

Would Punisher kill a drunk driver? What about a doctor who gives abortions? People who commit fraud?

Has Frank he ever killed anyone who really didn't deserve it? Not innocent just you know he blew things out of proportion for a minor offense and killed them.


My take is that the Punisher targets and kills those criminals who don't give damn what harm befalls anyone else as long as they get what they want./ That was certainly Ennis's take in Punisher MAX; Frank says as much to his naighbor int he flashback from the first arc, and again to the mobsters who (in MAX continuity) killed his family in LThe Cell.

His primary target has always been organized crime, thoigh. If you're selling pot and the money's going upstream to a violent cartel, and you *know this*, then Frank will likely kill you. If you're some doofy teenager selling it to his friends, he'll make you *think* he's going to kill you to find the next guy up the chain, but he probably won't *actually* kill you.

He will kill anyone other than a police officer who tries to kill him. He also won't kill a police officer under any circumstances, even a very corrupt one, for mostly tactical reasons. When he did so in Jason Aaron's MAX series, it was an indicator of how far Wilson Fisk had pushed him.

Aside from the time Jigsaw drugged him, Frank has pretty much never killed anyone who was not actively or willfully malign. That is, he tends to target criminals who know the damage they're doing and just don't care, or "mad dogs" who are causing mass pain, carnage, and suffering.

He doesn't do this because he imagines himself a noble protector of all who are innocent and good, of course, but rather because that's how he can keep going and justify his continuing war to himself.




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