This took a bit of thinking for how to approach on returning. I must say this has been an interesting time exploring the mindset and general approach
of the nation's neighborhood watch programs. Educational would be a word for it.
Annee, you were right and I was wrong. On the rules and guidelines. No other way to say it so there it is.
The majority of the mindset, I entirely agree with, by the way. I'm not backtracking anything by saying that I've repeatedly said Zimmerman should
probably stand trial for Manslaughter and the point of commitment came about the time he was on the phone with Police and not heading away as he told
them in the past tense, what he'd just seen
and not what he was watching by following. In fact, that is a point I've made in the last couple
days... I lost track in more than one thread on this, if it was this one or another.
Having said that, here is where I agree. Entirely. Any reasonable person should:
The absolute most important thing to remember as part of a neighborhood crime watch is that you are not the police! Community groups are meant to
work with the police to make neighborhoods safer; they are not meant to act as police.
Officers have training and experience and they are the only ones who should approach criminals or attempt to intervene in the commission of a
crime. As a member of a neighborhood watch program, it should be your goal to help communicate with local law enforcement and let them handle criminal
Self-defense classes and weapons do not substitute for years of training, experience and judgment. Police work is very dangerous and should be
left to professionals.
All very good and very valid points. I sure as heck don't trust the people I know to hold judgement over others in snap decisions where the result
could be terminal. I sure don't want to see it from the wrong end while someone like those I know had a gun. Again..these are fair points. Every one
I still believe the No-Weapons policy is absolutely, patently and without a doubt insane..almost beyond reason.
The concerns ought to be well addressed in the parts about 'Do Not Approach', 'Do Not Intervene', 'Do Not Contact', 'Do Not Arrest'. If those
rules that I have read all over the nation now, doing my proper time in research, aren't sufficient to get the point across...then the guy who
doesn't get it is the problem. Boot Dirty Harry from the group because such a guy wouldn't NEED a weapon to cause problems.
Defense...That is the core and the purpose of a CCW training class. I did mine and went quite a bit further with additional courses offered in the
area. It's never offense and it's never about drawing a weapon unless using it is the immediate and irreversible intention of using it,.....if that
isn't done in defense, then it's damn sure prison. That would be enough to cover the bases too, I would think.
Finally though, with all the above in mind...and all the guidelines that a child could grasp in stereo, to ask people to deliberately and with that
specific intention, look for and report criminals while they have no means to defend an ATTACK, not make a citizens arrest or even make verbal
contact..but DEFEND, is insane. Maybe it's great in keeping a nice neighborhood nice. It didn't sound like this was a nice neighborhood to that
degree when the purpose he formed his group (his group...and it was a group apparently) was a violent home invasion robbery. We've had a few in this
I absolutely was wrong about there being wiggle room or flexibility on weapons policy within organized Neighborhood Watch programs though. Agree with
it or not, I can't deny now that is the policy and they are absolute in stating it, coast to coast that I saw. There are some differences in life
philosophy and mindset which have no bridge or middle ground....this would seem to be one and from both ends.