Javert Rovinski, on Oct 25 2003, 07:24 PM, said:
The bottom line, however, is that we can't have citizens shooting criminals and driving off; that sort of vigilante justice breeds chaos.
Where do we draw the line here? What should happen if these two men get caught or turn themselves in?
EDIT: There's also the issue of a measured response. Is lethal force an appropriate way to respond in these circumstances?
Well, considering how horrible our legal system is, I don't even find it all that odd that someone would take the law into their own hands. Let's say these guys hadn't shot this bastard and instead had tried to subdue him and then have the police pick him up. First they would be putting themselves at risk of being beaten as well and even if the police managed to get him, he'd be out of jail within a month or two maximum
. While I definitely agree that vigilante justice will ultimately lead to chaos, I also believe that many of our laws lead to no justice at all.
So, to answer your question as to what should happen to these men, if they were in fact trying to help the girl, give them medals. That's my moral/emotional response anyway. Logically/to facilitate an orderly and safe society, I'd say give them a slap on the wrist (like the man beating the girl would have gotten) and then use this situation to argue for tougher laws all around.
Edited for a bad choice of words.
Edited by TechHarper, 25 October 2003 - 04:36 PM.
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