This sign was posted at the entrance to my neighborhood. The president of the homeowners association's board of directors (of which I am a member) sent this e-mail to the leader of the local Neighborhood Watch program. (Names edited)
Found at the front of (our) neighborhood. The Neighborhood watch has gone too far. I want that FB group disbanded NOW. ***, I hold you personally responsible for any violence generated from this activity!
He blamed this Facebook post by the leader for the "escalation" of vigilantism (the sign)
The objective could be to make our communities a place where those breaking in know that they are at risk of immediate intervention should they attempt a crime.”
In subsequent e-mails between board members, another member of the board posted this-
I find it horrifying that criminals have been challenged to bring weapons into our community. What about those of us who are home with our children, unarmed, when one of them decides our home looks like a good prospect? It's unfortunate that the sign poster used Neighborhood Watch his/her platform, which also insinuates the endorsement of the (our) community. I think we should address the responsible party directly, if we can find out who he/she is.
I haven't been to a N.W. meeting since the eruption of last summer's mania, but I have attended enough meetings to know that **** would be the first to deter vigilantism and threats of violence. The local N.W. supports the national mission of USAonWatch.org which is (from their website): "Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that stresses education and common sense. It teaches citizens how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to local law enforcement."
I think (president) speaking at the next N.W. meeting is a great idea. I believe it needs to be conveyed to that this sort of outlandish behavior cannot be repeated. It's one thing to exercise your right to free speech, but you must speak for yourself as an individual. You do not get to speak for your entire community.
One more comment by the president-
Another way to look at this…what happens when the crooks make sure they have a gun too? I don’t have any guns in my house and the last thing I want to see is a theif shooting up my place because he’s sure I’m packing. I don’t care about my stuff – take it and go. My family is irreplaceable. Any family member is irreplaceable.
I must admit, I was shocked at the response to a sign that reflected what I took as a bit of frustration by whoever posted it. Does anyone think the sign encouraged criminals to be armed? Do you consider the sign an act of vigilantism? The term vigilante has been thrown around a lot lately in the msm. It's as though any thought or action aimed at self protection or crime deterrent is now considered vigilantism. The word itself has been turned into having a negative connotation, a derogatory term. What have we become?
Edited by Smart E. Nuff, 25 March 2012 - 11:19 AM.