A Test for America
The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is only the beginning of an era of misaligned values producing too much fear and misinformation. Most have a short memory, but I don’t.
Some of us wanted OJ to get off, but his legacy now is that of a felon and murderer. Some believed Casey Anthony’s ridiculous story, and then looked the other way after learning that she partied while her baby was missing. We thought those cops in Los Angeles would surely be punished for almost beating Rodney King to death, I mean, we saw the video. But they were aquitted and the city burned.
We saw the video of Kyle Rittenhouse shooting an AR-15-type rifle, so no one disputes that he killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. We might have forgotten about the protests on August 25, 2020, after Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot seven or eight times in the back. That incident was also captured on video. No charges were brought against the officer because he claimed fear for his life. Defense lawyers said Rittenhouse, then 17, was acting in self-defense and described to the jury that baby Kyle was afraid he might get shot and was justified in taking lethal action.
I believe that Rittenhouse is a troubled, brainwashed kid who was playing out a video game scene called Kenosha. Now, he’s officially and legally relieved of any punishment for killing people.
The American legal system derives its power from a sense of justice for all. I’m sure that had Kyle Rittenhouse been shot and killed that night, police would have arrested the perpetrator who would have been tried, found guilty of murder and sent away for life. So, why didn’t that happen to Kyle? What is the difference? If the standard of self-defense can free Kyle, why wouldn’t it be applied to the protesters as well?
Just to make things interesting, let me ask this. What if Kyle was Black? Would he be a free man today? Okay, use your imagination but why do I feel like Kyle got off Scott free? Shouldn’t using a firearm to kill other citizens bring with it a penalty of some kind? Has this stark fact been lost in the mélange of legal arguments? After the verdict was read, Kyle’s supporters outside the courtroom repeatedly said that he shot in self-defense, but the perception of “self-defense” is in the mind of the shooter so how can we ever know what he truly felt?
I can hear it now. Well, my neighbor Larry had a spider crawling on his head so I had to shoot. It’s all so numbing in an extremely dangerous way. The same people who were fighting for Kyle’s dismissal are the very same people who believe ending a pregnancy is a sin –– strange world, odd values.
Very few, if any, African Americans have used the Stand Your Ground law to explain why they took the life of a white person. Could it be they don’t have high priced lawyers to explain this to the judges and juries?
The damn excuse pops up again in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased by armed white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood and then shot dead by one of his pursuers. “He grabbed my gun and I had to shot him in self-defense.” Really? The white guy had a gun, the African American jogger was unarmed, what did you expect him to do? Arbery was in a LIFE-THREATENING situation. This idea that he would overpower the aggressor, take his gun and shoot him is highly unlikely. How do we know? Because he didn’t overpower and now, he’s DEAD!
America is going to overdose on guns in the next decade because white people, African Americans and Asians now see if they are not armed, they could be the next victim of a senseless killing. When more and more private citizens think they need to get their vigilante on and shoot to kill, this country will become more dangerous, not less.
Then there’s that old maxim from the NRA, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” That’s total bullshit! It holds no value because each day we learn about people we believed to be good guys who actually are sick fucks like Rittenhouse. We don’t know who the good guys are anymore. A bad cop can get away with a lot of injustice before being nailed by a whistle blower or a bodycam that catches their true personality. The “thin blue line” people blindly get behind cops because they are afraid of the truth. In today’s world, bad guys have bigger guns than the good guys so the good guys sometime shoot before thinking. That’s not good.
The reality is we’ve got too many guns and too few common-sense laws to protect us from lunatics who own fearsome military assault weapons. FACT: it was against the law for Kyle Rittenhouse to purchase that rifle in Illinois, so a friend bought it for him. I am sure Rittenhouse didn’t know, but it was not against the law for a minor like him to carry that gun into Wisconsin and discharge it. So, let me see if I understand. It’s okay for the kid to shoot a gun he’s not legally allowed to own? Where’s the logic in that?
Rittenhouse has become a tool of the white supremacist and vigilante groups in this country. I believe his mother should be charged with reckless conduct for driving her minor son across state lines to a location she knew could turn violent, but no one is judging her parenting.
The judge ruled that the gun was a hunting weapon. Too bad the deer in Wisconsin don’t have a lobbyist. We’re supposed to respect the judicial system, although the judge bent over backwards to give Rittenhouse every advantage. I don’t respect Judge Schroeder at all. He should retire and go away, but this certainly cannot be the final word on Rittenhouse’s night of fun.
Young Kyle is currently making the tour of all the conservative talk shows and he will be paraded as a hero by those right-wing people who believe the election was stolen and it’s okay to kill someone you disagree with. I am not sure how I will react when someone says that it was a righteous kill.
Rittenhouse needs to know that karma is a bitch and payback will come. Do we want to live in a country where cops stand down while vigilantes kill people? It’s a short path between the reasoning that it’s okay to open fire to stop a riot and it’s justified to shoot up a school board meeting. The equation is simple: more guns + more hate + lawless vigilantes = more death. What about my self-defense? If I have no defense, then why would I even want to live here? What is the deterrent? Surely, not more acquittals.
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