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)
He blamed this Facebook post by the leader for the "escalation" of vigilantism (the sign)
In subsequent e-mails between board members, another member of the board posted this-
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-
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.