Victor Perez, American


Victor Perez rescued an 8-year-old girl who was kidnapped. (link)

I think it’s high time we admit to ourselves that the police cannot do the job we expect them to do. Enforcement of our laws should be in our hands. We should protect each other and each other’s children. We shouldn’t stand back and wait for someone else to take care of someone else’s problems.

I asked my dad a long time ago whether there were child rapists and such back in the late 50’s when he was a teenager living in the rural bits of Washington State. He admitted that there were, but you never read about them in the paper or saw them on trial or in prisons. Why? Because the community would spare the courts the cost and the family the agony of a trial. People would “disappear” back then, and nobody would ask why when it was revealed what they had done.

That was a component of the law enforcement and justice system back then. Local courts, elected by local people, and local sheriffs, elected by the same, were charged with upholding the law as much as the people wanted it upheld. When and if egregious cases arose, and there wasn’t any doubt as to who was guilty, then justice could be administered quite effectively without bothering the police. If the sheriff heard about it, he might have to ask a few questions just to be sure, but I guarantee you that whoever did the deed would not be brought before a judge or jury. This is because it would be pointless—the grand jury wouldn’t ever allow the case to proceed, and should they, the jury wouldn’t convict.

Criminals, in particular, the worst kind of criminals, should fear for their lives when walking in public, not just because of the police, but even from the regular old guy driving an older car who works a regular old job. If you’re going to rob a store or steal someone’s cow, that’s one thing. But if you’re going to rape a child, that brings it to a whole new level.

Law enforcement, ultimately, is up to the people. If we obey and enforce the law in our day-to-day actions, then we will have a lawful society. If we expect someone else to obey the law or to enforce the law for us, we shouldn’t be surprised that nobody does.


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