I don't think we're better of nowadays in regards to this AT ALL.

I don't find Ellie Nesler an ideal mother in most respects, but I sure did feel like cheering for her when she killed her son's molester.

Perhaps if we were allowed to really defend ourselves nowadays, I would feel fine letting my kids go to the park without me watching over their shoulder. As it is, I feel like I have to hover. Because God forbid anything happen to them, it will be about the "poor" perpetrator who was driven to what s/he did by a horrible childhood.

Posted by airforcewife at February 13, 2008 02:12 PM

"But, I mean, why are there so many wrongs to right? ... We watch these vigilantes on TV and we cheer them on for doing the job that our police and courts cannot do. But isn't there something inherently awful about that?"

Two great questions. They made me think of a third:

If Gotham City needs Batman, what does that say about Commissioner Gordon's police force?

A fourth: Is there a correlation between vigilante fantasy entertainment and an increasingly criminal-coddling society? (The rise of the Death Wish movies after the 60s might indicate that the answer is yes.) I don't think there was anything 'cool' about frontier justice 'back in the day'; it was a harsh fact of life. But nowadays such justice has turned into escapism and the reality is that people want to deny responsibility. People have always wanted to deny responsibility, but it's never been easier.

Posted by Amritas at February 14, 2008 01:44 AM