Vigilante justice is spreading

July 27, 2020 |

We’re seeing exactly what happens when we give the mob its wish and order the police to stand down. These protesters don’t say, “Well, that’s more like it” and go home; they ramp up the violence because now they figure they can get away with even more.

Law professor Glenn Reynolds of the Instapundit blog has written wisely that the inevitable result of this is not a utopian society with no evil gestapo cops, but vigilante justice. The people will only put up with being terrorized for so long, particularly when the officials they foolishly elected abandon them to the mob and tell them, as the Seattle Police Chief just did, that “we can no longer enforce the law. You are on your own.”

The only responses in such a case range across a spectrum from armed self-defense to neighborhood patrols to gangs to vigilante groups to militias. Do the leftist leaders of these cities really prefer any of those options to police (I exempt Chicago, since they’ve obviously preferred letting gangs run wild to backing the police for years)? As Prof. Reynolds puts it, “In the end, the police aren’t there to protect the public from criminals, they’re there to protect criminals from the public. Communities dealt with crime long before police were invented, usually in rather harsh and low-due-process ways. The bargain was, let the police handle it instead. No police, no bargain.”

All those who accuse the police of not being gentle enough with them when they assault someone or steal or destroy someone’s property really aren’t going to like what happens if the police go away and their victims start dealing directly with the problem themselves.

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  • steve citron

    07/31/2020 01:45 PM

    I live in "Kommifornicate", not by choice, but because of lack of money to move. And stubborness to not be intimidated, As a third generation Californian, I CAN STILL USE my TRACTOR, by hands, and some other means, to protect my property and my family. So, don't worry about my dogs.....watch out for the "Old Man" with a boiling anger. Many of our community have served in the armed forces where the pledged to "Defend against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC". They say that pledge has never been rescinded, and are willing to fulfill it today!!

  • Ed Clemons

    07/30/2020 11:40 AM

    I like the idea of vigilante justice where the police aren't allowed to do their jobs, but this article sounds more like theory than actual instances of vigilante justice. Where is this actually happening?

  • Patrick E. McAtee-MacRae

    07/28/2020 08:20 PM

    Mike, these blue cities might be making arrest (ok were) but they let them right back out! Of course they will become more demanding and violent. I hope the feds are locking them up and keeping them! Looks like part of the plan to me. Blame trump, oh and you are correct. To know what the Dems are up to, see what they are blaming on the President. Had it done to me for two years (about drove me crazy & I was only a town commissioner), The President must be made of pretty tough stuff to not only handle the BS, but he is actively seeking the job for another four years. Thanks for you comments!

  • Larry Newman

    07/28/2020 03:41 PM

    Yep. Directly. Here in Texas, everyone has at least one pistol, one shotgun, and one rifle in the inventory, and everyone knows someone with a backhoe. If assaulting, terrorizing, and arson is social justice, then 6 foot holes in the back 40 is landscaping.

  • JAMES GALLAGHER

    07/28/2020 08:51 AM

    The 50State militia is drooling with anger
    to enter this fracas to quell this damn anarchy ... when the siren whistles, the militia ride, the anarchists hide (forever)

  • pam wilcox

    07/28/2020 08:47 AM

    this is just creating a new cival war. Americans against criminals. we will win.

  • Samuel A Maynard

    07/28/2020 03:08 AM

    amen to that

  • Mario Lozano

    07/27/2020 10:22 PM

    Your only going to take so many slaps before you slap back.
    Gerold Nadler needs to be investigated for his lack of leadership. Nadler is still spewing his lies about antifa as a rumor coming out from DC.
    Susan Rosenberg needs to be exposed for funding this terrorist organization!

  • Georgia M Bruce Sneed

    07/27/2020 10:20 PM

    Sad to say this may be the only choice we have unless in His Divine Mercy God comes to our aid. I Know God has everything in His Control.

  • jim muse

    07/27/2020 09:01 PM

    I will protect what is mine and my family with whatever force it takes, even if it means putting a bunch of idoits down.

  • David Pellein

    07/27/2020 08:18 PM

    I think that the inevitable outcome of what's happening in cities all over will make the movie "Mad Max" seem more like a documentary than cinematic fiction. Sooner rather than later, a group of these self-styled "revolutionaries", in search of defenseless victims to terrorize, will run into a group of armed and determined homeowners, business owners, and just-sick-of-all-this-lawlessness citizens who will refuse to be victims and show these thugs the error of their ways, in the most direct means possible!

  • james randolph

    07/27/2020 07:08 PM

    Hey Mike - Kurt Schlichter post - "Be a Rooftop Korean" - excerpt:

    "... It’s your duty to be prepared to defend our community. Your duty. Yes, being a citizen of a free country is sometimes hard. Too bad. Tighten up and be ready and able to pick up a weapon. Whether it’s a riots and disaster, or whether it’s some scumbag who decides to shoot up your house of worship or a shopping mall, it’s on you. You have a job to do when chaos comes – no shirking your responsibility and outsourcing it to the local police or the Army. Being a citizen is not a spectator sport..."
    ...
    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2019/05/02/be-a-rooftop-korean-n2545651
    ...
    BTW - - I think he would be a great guest on your excellent TBN show!
    [jim]

  • Edward P Traxler

    07/27/2020 07:00 PM

    There's the quasi joke that goes "Common sense isn't so common". I think this is applicable . . after all ... common sense would tell us that .. indeed .. if we don't have a designated policing and court system then people will step up to fill that lack. Honestly .. I don't think it is so much 'common sense' as those of us who have studied history. It's there in those pages .. if you can read. That inability .. or unwillingness to take lessons learned in the past and apply to the 'now' .. is simply an indication of history repeating itself .. again.

  • David White

    07/27/2020 06:35 PM

    I am a retired federal law enforcement officer and would not stand for this crap for a second. Protest all you want, but these people are terrorists with only one agenda and that's to destroy the United States.

  • Charles Long

    07/27/2020 06:00 PM

    Mess with the bull, beware the horns.