I predicted youíd say something like this. Sure, itís possible but which is more probable? Level three sex offenders like to hangout together to help rehabilitate one another? Or they like to hang out together to indulge in their depraved fantasies maybe even plan to abduct a child? Remember Level III means most likely to re-offend.
Speculation can take you anywhere you like to go. Either way, it doesn't matter. They can sit and talk about tea-cakes or they can sit and plan out the greateast child-pornography ring in the history of the world. Anyone can. American does not have laws against thinking and talking.
I most certainly do. A democracy, after all, is more than merely majority rule. Heck, any mob meets that description. A democracy, most importantly, is designed to protect the rights of the few against the desires of the many.
What's so intelligent about that? He looked up up the name of sex offender on the handy list. Hardly genius level.
They also decided it was worth the risk to re-introduce them into society.
Most vigilantes act like him, actually. They have a rather narrowly focused criminal element in mind. He just chose pedophiles, as opposed to prostitutes, homosexuals, etc.
Oh and he also discussed their crimes with his targets; just to see if there was any last chance for redemption. Again, signs of intelligence.
Sign of alcoholism. How many FBI agents coming in to talk to a man on a hit list would sit out with them on their front lawn and drink beer? Yep, that's a brain surgeon right there.
Except for the one that he dis-agreed with the psychiatrist, and didn't kill because he felt he was 'repentant'.
Again, I donít thing he was going for martyrdom because he entered a plea bargain with the prosecutionís office to avoid the death penalty! Hence he got 44 years!
He turned himself in expressing his desire to be killed in order to be a martyr. His lawyer talked him out of it. No points for him.
You hinted that you yourself had a go at taking the law into your own hand and the results were a complete disaster.
Actually, no, it wasn't a disaster at all. In fact, I personally found it quite satisfying. I did, however, turn myself in, and I didn't pretend that I was temporarily insane, and I didn't try to justify my actions or pretend I was on some sort of holy quest. I still think it was because I was willing to face the consequences of my actions that the judge let me off so lightly.
So, no, vigilantism in general I don't have a problem with. It is with people who act like vigilantism, but are actually only using the term as a costume for their true intentions that I have a problem with. If you are a vigilanty, you go after crime. You don't focus on one specific sort of action that you find personally repugnant. If all you are doing is focusing on getting rid of the things that bug you personally, you are not looking for justice; you are looking for revenge.