One of the most important ideas underlying American political philosophy is the social contract. In essence, it is the argument that when we form or accept a government, that government is obligated to protect our rights as humans. In exchange, we will forgo vigilante justice in favor of the rule of law. Apparently, some members of the Buffalo Police Department weren’t paying attention in their history or government classes. WKBW-TV reported on Feb. 8 that local resident Jake Reinhardt was held at gunpoint by out-of-state bounty hunters and ordered to leave his home. Surveillance video showed Reinhardt informing the bounty hunters that his pregnant wife and young child were sleeping inside the home and then asking if the hunters had a warrant.