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10/25/2003 Archived Entry: "The drive-by vigilante"
CHIVALRY IS NOT DEAD. Nor is good-old American guts:
Police seek shooter who saved teen girl
A man was beating a 16-year-old girl with a pipe Wednesday morning on Detroit's west side.
Suddenly, the man was dead, shot several times by a passenger in a passing car.
Police are looking for the driver of the car and the gunman, who might not be a criminal suspect, but a much rarer species -- a drive-by vigilante.
I think we're supposed to cluck our tongues and say these mystery men should have done things differently, should have used their cell phones to call 911, should have used non-lethal force, shouldn't have shot unless they were personally threatened ... something.
But doesn't a Charles Bronson thrill run up your spine when you think about them, saving the girl then vanishing into the night?
"We’re not pioneers anymore."
"What are we, Jack? If we’re not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they’re faced with a condition of fear, do nothing about it – they just run and hide?"
-- Dialog from the 1974 movie Death Wish
Posted by Claire @ 12:13 AM CST