MirageRe: the problem with that is...Fri Mar 30, 2012 20:52184.108.40.206He shouldn't have been armed according to the Neighborhood Watch handbook, and at least two watch captains have written articles about how many guidelines he was breaking. The manual is online if you've not seen it yet. If this had happened in an urban part of my state it's fairly likely that Trayvon might have had a gun too. Don't know how likely that possibility was in his state. There have been tradein programs here, where people can bring in a handgun and get popular shoes, or even one time bicycles donated by a prominent manufacturer. No questions asked. It didn't work too well, I think. It's kind of a cycle. People often obtain guns here because they are are afraid of someone who has announced to them that he or she has a gun. Twice in my life I have been told by a romantic partner during a breakup that he had obtained guns. It did scare me. Two different guys. Police will not do anything just because someone says they have a gun, even if there is an implied threat of murder. Usually they won't do anything unless there have been shots fired at the person reporting. In cases of domestic violence it is policy in many places to arrest both people, so that also discourages people reporting this stuff, and instead encourages the person being threatened to buy a gun.
The more I think about this he more I wonder if Neighborhood Watch is really a good idea. It reminds me uncomfortably of some periods and places in history which encouraged citizen surveillance cultures. I'm thinking of the Soviet Union for example where elderly ladies and building managers were recruited to watch people living in the building. I am also thinking of the posters that were put up in NY subways after 9/11 urging people to watch fellow passengers. I am thinking of a website that showed that the stylish retro graphics in those posters were directly ripped from some old Bolshevik and Nazi propaganda posters, and I remember how shocked I was when I saw them side by side. I was thinking who on earth signed off on those??? I couldn't believe it.
I think Neighborhood Watch is idealistic, and I am not labeling them as bad people. I just wonder if more upstanding citizens are harassed than criminals are caught. I am wondering if a climate of fear might arise from patrolling around looking for people who "don't belong." It's too...."Your papers, please." for me to be really comfortable with it.
- the problem with that is... Frashavan, Fri Mar 30 17:03I have heard of 6'5", 240lbs police officers claim that they were assaulted and in peril of life and limb from 4'10, 90lbs girls who were already in handcuffs. It boggles the mind, yet they offer... more
- Re: the problem with that is... Mirage, Fri Mar 30 20:52