Batman, Spiderman, Superman, and the list of Marvel characters that have become icons of heroism around the world continues, but are these masked enforcers really heroes, or are they simply vigilantes taking the law into their own hands? Bruce Wayne grew a vengeful heart after watching his parents fall prey to an unjust murder and only then clothed himself as the hunter seeking justice. Compared to the weaponry Batman concealed on his person, superpowers stood small. All it took for Batman to exact his own form of revenge on criminals throughout Gotham City was a little firepower. The concept of giving citizens a little firepower to help uphold the law has hit college campuses around the nation as policy-makers discuss allowing college students with concealed handgun licenses to possess firearms on campus. Many believe by not allowing those students with licenses to carry weapons the government is infringing on a right to self-defense. However many students and faculty feel uncomfortable with the proposal (Brendel). The intention is to help prevent further mass shootings at college campuses, but questions surface when it comes to how safe a campus can be with the allowance of guns and how in-control law enforcement will be. At this point the nation can turn to the government and ask, should vigilantism be acceptable and an alternative to the justice system in place?
The colonists who laid the groundwork for our present nation participated in vigilante actions defined as “action taken by a voluntary association of persons who organize themselves for the purpose of protecting a common interest, such as liberty, property, or personal security,” when on the hunt for independence from Great Britain (Vigilantism). Shortly after gaining their sought after liberation, our founding fathers set up a government much different than the one in place today, but obviously man made all the same. The purpose of the... [continues]
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