Tuesday, February 22, 2005


CNN reports that a new group calling themselves the 'Minutemen' plan to start a civilian border patrol along the Arizona border. According to the group's founder:

"We've been repeatedly accused of being people who are taking the law into our own hands," said Gilchrist, 56, of Aliso Viejo, California "That is an outright bogus statement. We are going down there to assist law enforcement."
This made me wonder -- this vigilantism is already sounding a few alarm bells in the Department of Homeland Security. After all, regardless of what hairs Gilchrist wants to split, this is a group of people taking the law into their own hands. If they wanted to assist law enforcement, then they wouldn't be setting up an independent group. Unfortunately, this sounds like a thinly-veiled excuse on the part of the 'Minutemen' to start bullying Mexican immigrants (legal or illegal) who unluckily find themselves in the middle of the Arizona desert with only a crazy American and his firearm. It would be too easy for a xenophobic American to use the guise of the newly-founded 'Minutemen' to start shooting Mexicans along the border, and after all, if he did it right, no one would even know how many undocumented immigrants never made it across the desert; these people are undocumented by definition and therefore would make the easiest of victims. I don't mean to get hysterical, but I immediately get suspect when Americans seem to think that a gun and some 'goodwill' can help any situation. I just don't believe that people are that inherently good that a line will not be crossed here. I also wonder: what is the difference between a vigilante and a terrorist? These are both people who buck the system, think that they can take matters into their own hands, and use force to try to get something they believe in done. Why are we so tolerant of one (after all, we don't see DHS outright denying the help of the 'Minutemen' in the above-linked article) and are waging a 'war' on the other?


Blogger James said...

for the record, oftimes in comic books, the name 'Minutemen' has been used to denote a group of vigilantes operating outside the legal protection of not only respected American government, but also respected superhero circles.

The new Authroity: Revolution comics I've been reading pitted the Authority against the 'Minutemen'. This post sent chills up my spine. If anyone from the group starts calling himself Paul Revere, head for a fallout shelter.

2/22/2005 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

so they're usually badguys?

i thought the name sounded very familiar, but i thought maybe i was thinking about watchmen?

do you know what the significance is, honey?

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