I condone vigilantes prowling our city streets in the night.
Self-professed "Crime Fighters", they seem to be quickly rising in popularity. But do they really fight crime?
Well, first we have to decide exactly what it means to 'fight crime'.
Do you have to beat up criminals to 'fight crime'? Do you have to be an expert at martial arts? Do you have to be feared and intimidating to 'fight crime'?
Not at all.
If you see a crime being committed, and you take out your cellphone and call the police, than you are inherently fighting crime. If you equip red and green latex tights, walk up to a crime-in-progress, hold out your hand and shout, "stop right there, criminal scum", and they take one look at you and start laughing, than you are still inherently fighting crime. It's your self-professed job to be what the city needs you to be, even if it is just a laughing stock, because you can be that hero. If you walk up to a crime-in-progress and purposely shit your pants, nauseating and freaking out the criminals, causing them to panic and flee, then hold your head up high, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You've done what you've set out to do. Fight crime.
It seems to me that anyone can be a superhero, as long as they take the necessary precautions. I don't advise it, but if the life of a masked vigilante appeals to you, know this: You do not need to fight to fight crime.
Some 'real-life superheroes'