Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christian Vigilance for the 21st Century

Okay, I've pretty much opined the subject of vigilantism to death, but I am going to now share a dream. Dreams tend to be impractical, so don't think I'll be disappointed over the fact that it probably would not work. So here it is, from the ethereal realm of pure theory:

I envision a modern-day version of knighthood. A Protestant religious order, if you will, that performs the following functions:
  1. Local [parish] surveillance (a la the Neighborhood Watch programs);
  2. Safety patrols (a la the Guardian Angels);
  3. Service projects as a witness for Christ (a la the Paladins);
  4. Fighting crime and political corruption through investigative journalism (to be published on the order's website).
And (of course!) each member of the order would be a resident sheepdog in his local church.

While I'm dreaming, let me dream a little bigger. Members of the order would be trained as medical 1st responders, so as to handle medical emergencies while on patrol, until the ambulance arrives. Local groups might also train in search and rescue techniques.

Training could be as involved as local individuals or groups desired for their service projects: auto mechanics, rappelling (not RE-pelling, please), firearms safety & instruction, becoming a CPR instructor, etc.

Local members of the order might look for gaps in the plans of their local or regional disaster agencies and make a niche for themselves by filling those gaps.

The order would appoint chaplains in each locale who would direct the devotional and evangelistic aspects of each local group. He would also lead in prayer or give short messages at community events sponsored by the order (e.g., CPR classes, self defense seminars, childhood safety classes, community surveillance groups, etc.)

The investigative journalism aspect of the order is, I think a suitable compromise in terms of pursuing justice. It would not leave us open to the same kinds of criminal charges that full-fledged vigilantes would face. However, bringing criminal activity and public corruption under public scrutiny is bound to have an effect resulting in suppression or possibly even prosecution of wrongdoers.

Members of the order engaged in this endeavor would have to be trained in journalistic methods and legal boundaries. Nonetheless, the American Establishment sees the 1st amendment of the US Constitution almost wholly as the "free press" amendment, so that this is probably the safest avenue for the order to take in pursuing justice for the guilty.

Local surveillance; safety patrols; service in both stable times and disaster; pursuing justice through investigative journalism -- a worldwide religious order with local teams of Christian Martialists who serve their King and their community -- that's my dream. The name for my dream organization? Order of the Cherethites, after David's personal guard, led by Benaiah the warrior-priest.

While this is as close to vigilantism as I'm willing to commit at this time, please recognize that a local chapter of this order could well serve as a nucleus for community organization in times of natural and economic disaster as well as civil disorder.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Vigilantism and the Real World

When I was a youngster, I loved to read comic books -- all kinds. Superheroes, funny comics, scary ones, mysteries.

As the victim in a world of bullies, I felt unsafe and vulnerable. But I found refuge in the fantasy world of comic book (and TV) heroes.

As I grew and faced my bullies, my fantasies bumped into the hard realities of the world. Even when you're fighting a just, defensive fight, getting hit still hurts. And winning the fight does not necessarily win the respect of those who torment you, as it always does in the stories.

Also, for some odd reason, hitting me never landed the bullies in trouble. My hitting back landed me in the principal's office. The reality is that habitual offenders know how to manipulate people (and the system).

Do you think a freelance vigilante would fare any better in the world outside school?

Criminal organizations have great funds of cash to buy influence among politicians, judges and police. If you went after organized crime figures, you would be hunted by both the police and the mob.

Furthermore, the Establishment (corporate, financial, political) would see you as a loose cannon. And they'd pool their resources to find and make an example of you, lest others follow your example.

And while we're on the subject of others, there very probably would be copycats. Most of them would be impressionable and unstable people, and you would ultimately get credit for the tragedies that they create.

These are just some of the reasons I don't see a comic book hero type of vigilantism working in the free world.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Elements of Punching, 4

Continued from "Elements of Punching, 3"

Why would a martial arts/self defense instructor say that it may take months, or even years, to learn to punch correctly? So far, I've discussed the body dynamics that go into developing punching speed and power. I also showed that modern methods of instruction abbreviate the learning curve.

Now, let's consider the most critical aspect of a punch -- the fist. As I have written in other places, the hand is finely designed, with small bones that are comparatively more delicate than the larger bones of the body. Because of this, a punch to your opponent's cheek bone, forehead or the point of his chin often results in broken hand bones.

It is for this reason that boxers wrap their hands and put on boxing gloves. The layers of padding protect their hands and allow them to punch harder than would be advisable in a bareknuckle match. (Even with all the padding, boxers sometimes break their hands in the ring.)

Thus, traditional martial arts place emphasis on correct punching form. You must learn to align your hand and forearm to protect the bones in your wrist, for example. Karate students must also learn to strike with the first two knuckles in order, not only to concentrate power, but to assure that the path of force will not damage the hand.

Finally, the martial arts student must learn to make a tight fist. As my Shito-Ryu instructor used to say, "You have to squeeze all the air out of your fist. It is not easy to do this to the degree required to keep the hand bones safe.

Also, the student must learn to keep his arms loose and supple while keeping his hands tightly clenched. Not easy.

Since all of these elements of making a fist and punching do not come naturally, it takes time to train oneself to do each one separately, and more time to do them all at once. Then you have to remember to maintain all the elements while executing various kinds of punches.

For this reason, I would say that learning to punch without hurting yourself is the single most time-consuming aspect of punch training. And that's why I prefer to train open hand strikes. They're safer to use, and they have a shorter learning curve.

Monday, November 24, 2008

More Church Shootings

It has been a busy week for violence in and against church & religious groups. I have to keep reminding myself of the awful tragedies represented by these incidents because, as numbers grow, it's easy to forget the personal side of the events.

Nevertheless, at the risk of sounding too clinical, there are lessons to be learned from these events.

On the east coast, the vestibule of St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya was the scene of violence and murder. An estranged husband entered the church building, shot and killed his wife and critically wounded two others. He shot all three in the head. (MYFOX News)

This was a domestic incident, and as you should know, domestic disputes result in more police deaths than any other type of case. KGMB9 reports

Police say the woman who died had recently moved from California to escape an abusive marriage and had filed a restraining order against her husband.

Restraining orders do not prevent violence, and in many cases,they provoke it. See The Gift of Fear for a fuller explanation.

If you are your church's sheepdog, you don't need to be a busybody, but it would be good to make yourself aware of domestic issues in your congregation that could erupt into violence. They present a real danger and could prove deadly.

On the west coast, there were two incidents this past week. One was a shooting at an event sponsored by Seattle's Valley Bible Church as an article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reveals.

In this case, the church group was not the target. An unfriendly exchange between men outside a convenience store was carried into the community center where the church young-adult function was taking place.

As the incident escalated, one of the men drew a handgun and fired. It is not clear from the sources I read whether the young man who died from a gunshot wound to the chest was one of the participants in the incident or just a bystander.

In an instance like this, the orcs are not specifically targeting churches or Christians. Their violence just spills over into the church and its activities. They do not fear God, so there is no respect of the church as a holy sanctuary.

The lesson here is simple: alertness.

The final instance is as strange and quirky as it is sad and violent. According to a report from the LA Times online, a security guard at the Scientology Celebrity Center shot and killed a man with former ties to the California-based cult.

An eyewitness described a bald man with tattoos who,

. . . stopped [the red convertible] abruptly in the driveway and climbed out with a 5-foot sword in his hand and an angry expression on his face. He walked toward the building, before returning to the car to get the other sword.

He entered the building and, brandishing the two samurai-style swords, approached security officers. One of them shot and killed him, and police say surveillance videos reveal that the officer plainly acted in self-defense.

I guess the lesson here is that anything can happen (especially in California).

Let this be a reminder to stay prepared in 5 major areas:
1) Mindset,
2) Skills,
3) Mindset,
4) Tactics and
5) Mindset.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

2nd Amendment Fun

Here's a little 2nd Amendment fun, sent to me by Stephen over at Defending Our Christian Heritage. Now, you don't have to write me to mention a few items that might be a little unscriptural. They're not meant to be taken that seriously. (But there are some good points, too.)



The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. (waiting for attack)

The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics [reek}.

3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the
Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?'
The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'

6. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm.
'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my shotgun.'

7. Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!

But wait, there's more!

I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the
house. I said I did.
She said 'Well I certainly hope it isn't loaded!' To which I said, of course it is loaded, can't work without bullets!' She then asked, 'Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?' My reply was, 'No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too.' To which I'll add, having a gun in the house that isn't loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank.

HAVE A NICE DAY But don't Monkey with Me....

Friday, November 21, 2008

Rendition: A Review

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
(Lev 19:15)

Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger (i.e., foreigner), as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.
(Lev 24:22)

Equality under the law is a Biblical concept. More than a concept, it is a requirement handed down by God. Without it, a society cannot even approximate justice.

The movie Rendition explores how the USA has departed from this principle under Homeland Security. The story is fiction, but it deals with real practices and issues.

The movie revolves around the CIA's abduction of an Egyptian-born US resident, Anwar Al-Ibrahami. Denying him due process, they transport him to a country which accepts torture as a legitimate means of interrogation.

As Ibrahimi's pregnant wife tries desperately and fruitlessly to find out what happened to her husband, we get a vivid picture of Washington's career politicians and bureaucrats who will not jeopardize their careers to pursue justice for one "insignificant" man.

The movie has parallel stories which reveal the motives and fears of Anwar's Arab interrogator and the inner conflicts of the CIA field agent who must watch the interrogation.

At one point, the field agent speaks to his superior in Washington via cell phone. He admits, "This is my first torture." His female superior corrects him: "The United States does not torture." This is technically true, since they have outsourced the torture to another country.

The movie is rated "R" for language, violence and torture scenes. I blocked the screen two or three times, when I thought a sexual situation was developing, but I don't think anything pornographically obscene developed. Anwar appears without clothing for the interrogation scenes, but without revealing genitalia. There is a sense of obscenity, but it is inherent in the debasement of one human being by another, not in any sexual display.

The film credits Clinton's administration with originating the practice of extraordinary rendition, and then mentions that it accelerated after 9/11. Other than that, I noticed no partisan references to Republicans or Democrats. The story, rather, focuses on the heartlessness of "national security" without constitutional limits.

Included on the DVD is the documentary "Outlawed" which describes the extraordinary rendition of two men. If you view this and shrug it off because these men are Muslims or foreigners, then you have rejected God's standard of justice as quoted at the beginning of this piece.

I recommend this movie to mature, serious Christian Martialists. It puts a face to the practices that have become accepted in our nation.

Sadly, many evangelicals excuse this inequality of justice for unbiblical reasons. They will support it until the engine of tyranny turns upon them, and the inequality of justice becomes the equality of injustice.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Speed/Power Tip

Keith Pascal has mentioned this tip for developing speed and/or power in your strikes and kicks. In fact, I've read this tip in two or three sources by Keith, so I don't think we could call it a secret.

The tip is to practice the end of a strike or kick. That is, position yourself at the point where you can do the last quarter of the movement. Practice that until you are satisfied with the improvement.

Then practice the last half of the movement. Then all the movement except the first quarter, and finally, practice the whole movement.

This reverse order training lets you concentrate on eliminating extraneous motions from each phase of the strike. It also allows you to focus on convulsive speed in each phase. AND -- because you practice the last part most, it gives your strike a great finish.

Of course, this tip is coming to you second-hand. I recommend you go over to Keith's site at and get some free hints and tips straight from the source.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sodomite Violence

As you may know, in the recent election Californians voted to adopt proposition 8. This amends the state constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual union.

What US media may not be telling us, is that the perverts are angry and openly advocating violence against Churches and Christians. In an article entitled "Gays" Call for Violence against Christian Supporters of Prop 8, the Canada Free Press reports some of the buzz on the blogosphere:

In a blog entry titled “You’ll Want to Punch them” on, poster “BillyBob Thornton” wrote, “… I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our Equal Rights, But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one.” “Stenar” asked, “Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.” “Angelo Ventura,” said, “… hope they all rot in hell, those servants of a lying, corrupt devil!

BAN RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM!” And, “Jonathan,” warned, “I’m going to give them something to be f – ing scared of. … I’m a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they’ve done.”

Meanwhile, over at, “World O Jeff,” said, “Burn their f–ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers.” While, “Tread,” wrote, “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.” “Joe,” stated, “I swear, I’d murder people with my bare hands this morning.”

And on the Web site, “scottinsf” posted, “Trust me. I’ve got a big list of names of mormons and catholics that were big supporters of Prop 8. … As far as mormons and catholics ... I warn them to watch their backs.”

If and when violence occurs, will the police intervene? Or will they step back and give free reign to the perverts? If Christians defend their families and churches, will the police and media treat it as self defense, or will they call it something else? Time will tell.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Psalm 83

This hymn based on the 83rd Psalm expresses some of what I have felt lately concerning the enemy's bold opposition to God and his persecution of Christ's people.

You can sing it to the tune of Forest Green, a traditional English melody.

O God, no longer hold Thy peace,
No longer silent be;
Thine enemies lift up their head
To fight Thy saints and Thee.
Against Thine own, whom Thou dost love,
Their craft Thy foes employ;
They think to cut Thy people off,
Thy church they would destroy.

Thine ancient foes, conspiring still,
With one consent agree,
And they who with Thy people strive
Make war, O God, on Thee.
O God, who in our fathers’ time
Didst smite our foes and Thine,
So smite Thine enemies today
Who in their pride combine.

Make them like dust and stubble blown
Before the whirlwind dire,
In terror driv’n before the storm
Of Thy consuming fire.
Confound them in their sin till they
To Thee for pardon fly,
Till in dismay they, trembling, own
That Thou art God Most High.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christian Militia in Iraq

Since US troops ousted Saddam Hussein, they have not been able to keep a lid on sectarian violence in Iraq. The secular dictator's repressive regime may have been brutal to dissidents, but it was very efficient at squelching attacks on Iraq's Kurdish and Christian minorities.

The civil chaos resulting from American occupation has provided opportunities for militant Muslims to attack the Christian community. Many have been driven out of their homes and some have been killed. This has prompted at least one community to form its own militia.

Here is a video report from CBN:

The nominal Christian community of Iraq consists mainly of churches associated with the Eastern rites. Western theologians denominate some of them as Nestorian, although they themselves often repudiate the teachings of Nestorius.

Although I would not be comfortable with the practices and theology represented by the majority of Iraqi Christians, I believe that God has his remnant among them, as He does among Presbyterians, Baptists, etc.

I expect the US gov't to help these beleaguered people about as much as it has helped the persecuted Christians of the Sudan or Burma or India or Indonesia. That is to say, not at all.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Guardian Angels: America's Vigilantes?

You are walking down the street when you hear a scream. Down the alley to your left, an elderly woman clings tenaciously to her pocketbook as an orc rains blows down about her head and shoulders while trying to pull it free. What do you do?

As a Christian, you are obligated to help your neighbor. As a Christian Martialist, you have trained for just such a moment.

As a citizen, you have the authority to intervene. In extreme cases such as this, most jurisdictions recognize the validity of citizens' arrest. According to Wikipedia,

Each state with the exception of North Carolina permits citizen arrests if the commission of felony is witnessed by the arresting citizen, or when a citizen is asked to assist in the apprehension of a suspect by police. The application of state laws varies widely with respect to misdemeanors, breaches of the peace, and felonies not witnessed by the arresting party.

These Biblical & legal principles validate the activities of a group known as The Guardian Angels. Again, I quote from Wikipedia:

The Guardian Angels is a non-profit, international, volunteer organization of unarmed citizen crime patrollers. The Guardian Angels organization was founded February 13, 1979 in New York City by Curtis Sliwa and has chapters in 11 countries (in over 100 cities) around the world.

Sliwa originally created the organization to combat widespread violence and crime on the New York City subways. The organization originally trained members to make citizen’s arrests for violent crimes. The organization patrols the streets and neighborhoods but also provides education programs and workshops for schools and businesses.

The "Angels" have endured their share of controversy, and even today, when a new chapter appears in a city, officials tend to be divided in their support of the organization. Nonetheless, their presence, in their distinctive red berets and jackets, acts as a deterrent to violent crime.

From the Alliance of Guardian Angels website:

In each safety patrol chapter, Guardian Angels volunteers safeguard streets, subways and other public areas. From dusk until dawn, without weapons, these committed volunteers help to ensure that citizens can enjoy their communities without fearing for their safety. The Guardian Angels attend community festivals and other large gatherings to deter criminal elements from disrupting the celebrations. Guardian Angels volunteers are also on call 24/7 and support the community whenever they are needed.

You must not forget, however, that these activities carry a certain amount of inherent danger. In the early 1980's, two Guardian Angels were killed (in separate incidents) while on patrol. One was shot by a police officer.

In addition, significant potential liability inheres to these activities. I'm sure that's why they receive training in law as well as in conflict resolution and martial arts.

Riding public transportation to deter crime does not carry the same romantic image as fighting organized crime while wearing a mask (a la the Batman), but it is as close as you're liable to get to practicing vigilantism within the law.

In just such a venue the Christian Martialist sheepdog can follow his calling while keeping his conscience clear.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

In Due Season

Say the word survivalist, and most people get a mental picture largely influenced by dozens of post-apocalyptic movies. Some of the real-world survivalists do not do much to redeem that image.

That's why I am pleased to announce that some Christian believers have started a blog that deals with the nuts & bolts issues about preparing for tough times. The name of the blog is In Due Season.

This relatively new blog deals with subjects like food storage, getting out of debt, preparing for unemployment, etc. If you think considerations like these are unnecessary (or even paranoid), perhaps you should read the post, The Real Economic Disaster is Yet to Come.

Then stay and read the rest of the page.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans' Day

On Veterans' Day, we honor those who have served their country in the armed forces. Many of them have gone to battle in wars just and unjust.

National governments go to war for reasons both good and bad. If we knew the truth, I'm sure the true motives for many of the wars we've been in are less than honorable.

The average American soldier, though, usually fights from more noble motives. He wants to protect his home and family; he wants to preserve a way of life in which he believes.

For this reason, I do honor those who have served, and I thank them (and, at the same time I would remind those who are thinking about enlisting to take a hard look at our nation and its leaders before you commit).

Monday, November 10, 2008

Americans Applaud Communism

I'm back home, and I'm taking it a little easier today after the long show hours and long drive to Indianapolis and back. I did meet some interesting folks on this trip.

Jerzi (YAIR-zhi) and Alina (a-LEE-na) came to America from Poland in 1982. Now in their 50's, they are entrepreneurs who occupied the booth across from me at the "Gift Show". They are concerned for their adopted country.

"When we came to this country 26 years ago," Alina told me, "people cried when they heard the story of how we left our home to come here, to freedom. Now they see Communism coming to America, and they applaud."

She was not referring, of course, to the Communist Party, nor to the Soviet Union. She meant the mindset that sees "our Uncle in Washington" as the supplier of prosperity and the regulator of our lives. She meant that people here, in this country, will trade their freedom for the empty promises of security from its politicians.

Yes, Communism is coming, and the American people applaud. It will be interesting to see how the Church of Jesus Christ fares under the American brand of "scientific" socialism. Will she capitulate to chains and slavery, or will she stand on the only ground of true liberty and speak with a prophetic voice to the insanity of our day?

When Alina spoke of the average American, she used the word naive. I prefer the term willfully and criminally ignorant.

Friday, November 7, 2008

My Orders

i'm out of town (again), writing this in a motel room. My eyes are half closed, so this will be short.

Deolexrex sent me this poem, and I think my readers will appreciate it. Here it is:

My Orders

My orders are to fight;
Then if I bleed, or fail,
Or strongly win, what matters it?
God only doth prevail.

The servant craveth naught
Except to serve with might.
I was not told to win or lose,–
My orders are to fight.

~~ Ethelwyn Wetherald

This should strike a chord with those who have been long in the battle. Stay true, guys.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Why Learn Tactics?

The Christian Martialist sheepdog trains to protect himself, his family, his church from the predators abroad in our society. He learns self-defense skills which probably include firearms. Okay, but why learn tactics?

Is a study of tactics necessary to deal with street thugs? Perhaps more than you think. Watch this video:

Note that this is not a propaganda piece from the anti-Bush liberal media. This appeared on what I would denominate as "establishment conservative" Fox News. It reveals some pretty nasty fallout from our wars in the Middle East.

Just remember, if you have a firearm of any kind, you will not lose a street battle primarily because you are outgunned; but you will certainly lose it if you are outmaneuvered.

Go to and click on Web Store. Read my comments on Phantom Soldier and The Tiger's Way.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Was David a Vigilante?

Continued from "Was Ehud a Vigilante?"

David, the shepherd king of Israel was forerunner to the Great Shepherd and King, Jesus. Before he ascended the throne, however, he spent years in the wilderness hiding from the jealous reigning king, Saul.

David did not spend his time in hiding idly. Neither, as some may suggest, did he engage in some form of partisan rebellion against the established order. He spent his time in the hinterlands demonstrating his kingly heart.

The Catechism for Children asks, "Why do you need a king?" The answer follows: "Because I am weak and helpless." It is the role of the king to protect the weak and helpless.

And that describes David's wilderness campaigns. For on the frontiers, there were raiders from among Israel's enemies that would swoop down to plunder Israelite settlements. But David, even when he lived among the Philistines, conducted raids against the raiders.

And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt. And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.

And Achish said, Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites. And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so will be his manner all the while he dwelleth in the country of the Philistines.

(1Sa 27:8-11)

Later, when he and his men caught and killed the Amalekite raiders of Ziklag, he did not keep the spoil to himself, but gave it to those who may have suffered from previous robberies.

And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;
(1Sa 30:26)

The testimony of Nabal's herdsmen concerning David and his men only corroborates this view.
They said,

But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields: They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.
(1Sa 25:15-16)

Saul was a self-involved man who knew little of what it really means to be king. He could not or would not protect the weak and helpless. David stepped in as a fugitive and did more that Saul with all his resources to stand between his people and those who would do harm.

Does this make him a vigilante? Well, not as we normally define vigilante as someone who acts completely outside of established authority.

For one thing, he held a place of authority as a military leader in Saul's army. More important, though, is the fact that, although he had not yet been formally invested as king, Samuel had anointed him to that office. What he did, he did as heir to the throne.

I don't believe we can use David as a Biblical precedent for vigilante activity.

There are people today, however who function in a law-enforcement capacity, do so separately from the police, and even have the blessing of a minority of civil officials. I will talk about them in another post, and I hope to analyze what they do from a legal and Biblical perspective.