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Your child is truly bright. At this age you need to tell him the truth. He is probably getting the information from friends or at school and wants to confirm with you.
Just tell your son that unfortunately there are bad people in the world who like to hurt others and that it is our goal that we grow up to be good people, to help people and to choose correct paths, because doing the right thing is greatly rewarded and recognized and will make him a proud human being to himself, his family and the community.