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Originally posted by DrumsRfun
I am not sure if I should be telling this or not but I felt it was relevant to your thread.
I can tell you first hand that its wrong to get caught.
In my youth I had an *altercation* with a rapist and I ended up going to jail for it.
Do I regret it...heck no.The guy was never convicted by the courts so I did the conviction and sentencing myself.
Would do it ten more times if I had to.
My justice far outweighed what any court would do and i think our justice system is a complete joke so it was easy to justify to myself.
In the end justice was served.
He wasn't the first and won't be the last.
Originally posted by joeofthemountain
reply to post by Hazelnut
I think you've stated things about right. What is a "vigilante"? Literally, it means to "watch after" someone or thing. It is a "watchman".
What is a "Law Enforcement Officer"? A person hired by the courts to impose their will on the population. Mercy, service, discretion have nothing to do with Law EnFORCEment -- force has everything to do with Law EnFORCEment.
We need to collectively remember that the people hired the first watchmen to watch on their behalf. At some point, this transmogrified into "peace officers" and then "police officers" and now the aforementioned "Law EnFORCEment Officers".
We've come a long way from Sheriff Andy Taylor - and it has not been good for us.
Originally posted by fmcanarney
Events which happen in a rapid, spontaneous, unplanned time sequence where the response is instinctual and comes from the self/other protective mode are not vigilantism. They are self defense survival events.
Vigilantism on the other hand identifies a predator, and calculates, plans, premeditates on how to punish. This is from a revenge, retaliation, retribution view point.
Charles Bronson, in the movie series Death Wish, incorporated vigilantism as his primary operational strategy, and hid it often under visiting places where he was likely to encounter persons needing help to learn compassion for others. This allowed him to claim "self defense" as his arguement for what happened.