February 9, 2007 8:10am CST
I was reading on this site about a members brother who was badly beaten by 4 strangers on a night out. I feel that we should (the general public) Should start to take things back into our own hands. I feel vigilante groups like the Guardian Angels should be promoted and assisted by the police to help eradicate well known trouble spots. What do you think, do theink violence should we defended by violence.?
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9 Feb 07
Although I see what you're saying, I would disagree with vigilante groups. The whole point is that punishments are decided in a lawful manner and carried out accordingly. These groups are affected by mob mentality. They have been proven to meet out their rough justice and find out later that they got the wrong person and beat some innocent person for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I do agree that criminal justice should be overhauled. Criminals get away with almost anything in my country because the legal system cannot deal with them. I think that punishments should be swift and severe, but only after guilt is proven in court. I also believe that people should have the right to defend themselves and their family and property. If a person was stupid enough to break into my home, I wouldn't think twice about using anything I could to bring them down. This would probably end up in ME going to prison in this country, but I don't care.
9 Feb 07
I do agree with you about the mob mentality, but dont you think that they could be policed. That way you would have more public helping to do th ejob of a police man it would alos maybe give the government a better insight into how we all really see about our legal system and what it does or does not do for us. I also know you are right about you going to prison for defending your castle. It happened here in Britain a number of years ago, a farmer was jailed for shooting a burglar that came into his how. I feel he had every right to defend his home and family and so did most of the general public in the UK but unfortuneately the legal System deemed this an unlawful action.