In Seattle, there's a group of costumed vigilantes making national headlines. These guys patrol at night, and try to keep the streets safe from crime. The men feel that citizens should be more accountable, and that if police aren't near by, criminals shouldn't be able to get away if someone can stop them.
Phoenix Jones, Red Dragon, and Buster Doe are three of the vigilantes featured on Good Morning America. They're equipped with their costumes, tasers, bulletproof vests, pepper spray, and a lot of guts. They keep their identities secret, and even find time to bring food to the homeless.
As much as I'm a fan of superheroes, I understand the real dangers of the reality that we live in. Criminals have no honor, and it doesn't take much for someone to put a bullet into another human being these days (it's a sick reality we live in). This all reminds me of the film Kick-Ass.
Kick-Ass was just a normal teen, who was tired of watching people getting pushed around while others just stood around and watched. He wanted to stop it. And yeah, he beat up a few people, but he also got himself mix up with some pretty dangerous criminals (he got his ass kicked), and people died.
As much as I admire the efforts of these Seattle vigilantes, I'm worried they could be making themselves a target for criminals. Just over the weekend Phoenix Jones (who seems to be the leader of the vigilante group) was held at gun point, and suffered a broken nose after trying to break up a fight on his patrol. Jones has a wife and kids, and although his cause is noble, it's a very dangerous life.
I suppose police officers put their life on the line on a daily basis as well, but it's their job. Should these vigilantes hang up their capes and become real cops? Or should they just get off the streets before they get themselves hurt?
I for one would like super powers before I take my costumed show on the road. What do you guys think of these vigilantes?