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How do you feel regarding vigilante justice?
Posted 1/22/15
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigilante‎

Simply curious as to what your opinions are in regards to vigilantism. How do you feel towards vigilanties in general, real and in fiction, and under the appropriate circumstances would you elect to become one? Please explain in as much detail as you like.




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Posted 1/22/15
I think vigilante justice fails in real-life. Even though the vigilante exacts justice as it should be (or at least as he perceives), he still has to worry about the police coming after him sooner or later.

Funny that I encounter this thread; I'm watching a video about Elliot Rodger, and some may argue that he was a vigilante.
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Posted 1/22/15
I think sometimes it is admirable and necessary. Their are times when murderers,pedophiles,rapist get out on technicalities and I can understand the feeling of the vigilante. We can sit here and say we would follow the law no matter what, but what if someone got away with killing someone who you cared about for no reason at all and got off by some ridiculous law or evidence being withheld?Although I don't fully agree with it because it makes the vigilante a criminal as well,sometimes the person can't live knowing that their will possibly be more victims.


BTW,I am a big Kogami fan

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What good is the law if there is no justice?
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Posted 1/22/15
I am a little torn on the subject.

On one hand I fully believe that we, as humans, have the right and obligation to ensure that those around us, and their possessions are kept safe and unmolested. As simple humans we should strive to ensure the safety of everyone, not just ourselves. On the other hand, if society has failed to the point where vigilantism is required, then at that point it is no longer 'vigilantism' and is now 'survival.'

I am also a bit torn on the concept of being a vigilante; the definition, by way of Googling "vigilante definition," shows that a vigilante is "a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate." To me, a 'vigilante' is simply taking the law and enforcing it; meaning that they are, within full understanding of the laws at the local, state, and federal level and enforcing them. To me that sounds a lot like a volunteer law enforcement officer.

Now if you take the common understanding of vigilante, where someone is creating the law (i.e. "taking the law into their own hands") then are they not simply criminals?

I would absolutely not sit by as a bystander when someone is in need of assistance and there are no authorities at hand. My action could mean saving a life, my inaction could mean losing one. Something I am not willing to live with. If you are asking if I would be a "vigilante" that takes laws into my own hands and interprets them as I see fit, then no. I would not be one.

Laws, which are sadly interpreted these days in the grey, should be black and white; a true "vigilante" would know, understand, and follow those laws in their pursuit to protect and serve the community, not warp them to fit their own twisted minds.
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Posted 1/22/15
We have a legal system for a reason.
If people are becoming vigilantes, then something isn't right.
Stability, especially the personal stability of citizens, where nobody feels threatened or considers their life or property to be in danger is the point of government.
If things are unstable enough that people start self-policing, that's really bad.
If said vigilantes are just terrorizing people, that's really bad.
Vigilantes are not a good sign.
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Posted 1/22/15
It's great in fiction, but in reality you'll end up dead or crippled. Not even a Seal, who relies heavily on advanced weaponry, team work, and intel, could go patrolling the streets of Detroit and randomly fight criminals without eventually getting killed (probably by cops or a lucky shot from a gang banger).
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Posted 1/22/15
I imagine a vigilante as some guy with nothing better to do than sit in his car and listen to a police radio and wait for crime to happen. I'm guessing most think they can do a better job than the police. It MIGHT work in countries where true government corruption is going on but as for the United States, we don't need people who get in the way of officers.
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Posted 1/22/15
huh i learned a new term today

well idk . i wouldn't become one, at the very least i'd just call the cops lol.

though as trigger happy as the cops are idk if that would be any good either >.>
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Posted 1/22/15
I don't know about regular crime, but if its going against a terrorist organization or mob syndicate that the law cannot touch, by all means as long as the vigilante knows they're going to get hurt, possible maimed, and most likely die.
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Posted 1/22/15
I like it, law doesn't replace all forms of justice
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That is actually a very good question. I think it depends on the situation.. I don't think something like Batman would work.. As an above poster said, even a Navy Seal is vulnerable to a lucky bullet, or even the law of very large numbers.. They would eventually fail.

But, in terms of vigilante justice other than "patrolling the streets" I agree with it.. If someone harmed my family, and was released by the courts or got away with his crime and was guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, I would take action. Especially if it involved my twins.

For an interesting read on this see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Plauche
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Posted 1/22/15
It works when the police is controlled by drug dealers.
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