Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner
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vigilantism

I'm watching an episode of American Justice about vigilantes. It has made me think about the statements so many people make in Michael Moore's movie. "I have the right to protect myself and my family". "People have an obligation to protect themselves."

Americans tolerate and even deify vigilantes.

Vigilantes, it seems to me, tend to over-react, to jump to the conclusion that they are in danger when they are not or it is not really clear that they are. It comes back to fear.

I also feel that those who carry guns around intend, whether consciously or not, to use them. They are just aching for an excuse.
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