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All law stems from one source of order In a time of anarchy and chaos a man brought for from a mountain top two stone tablets from which all law branches Those two tablets the Ten Commandments were to be the seeds of lawful civilization Those seeds have since become the roots of modern humanity A prime example of this is the United States government The phrase In God we trust is imprinted on every piece of legal tender and on most documentation The purpose of law and government is to protect the people but the fact that punishment need be imposed only illustrates the fact that it does not protect Punishment is imposed only after harmful actions against society have been carried out In order for punishment and legal intervention to be applied there first must be a crime or an action that is the governments responsibility to prevent from taking place When law is applied the government has already failed to protect the individual punishment will do nothing to help the victim after they have been victimized Law does not in truth prevent such behavior it only deals with it once it has occurred Law does nothing to prevent socially harmful behavior it therefore does not protect in accordance with the tenets set forth in the theory of the Social Contract Why then in such a modern civilization do we have vigilantes The answer is simple The fact is that although humanity has advanced law has failed to keep up The prime candidates for vigilantism are those who abide by the law They acknowledge the existence of the law and respect it They expect that if one day they are the victim of a crime the offender will quickly go through trial and be punished The truth is that that is rarely the case It can take months for an offender to even go to trial The US criminal justice
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