Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
And just because an action that is illegal might save more lives than one which is legal, doesn't make it right.
It does make it right. That scenario makes the illegal act the correct one, and the legal act the incorrect one.
Laws exist to serve the needs of the society, and to protect that society. Society should not be expected to experience damage, because of laws.
However, if upholding the law takes priority over saving the greater number of lives, preventing destruction of even more property, and possibly ending freedom in general, then by all means place legalities first.