Like many of you, I watched the Kyle Rittenhouse trial with interest and read many stories from various publications on the case. I was not surprised when the jury found him not guilty of the deaths of two men during civil unrest in August 2020.
But my first reaction when the news broke was to wonder where the next Rittenhouse is right now. Is he (or she) somewhere in Florida? Is her acquittal the validation that a person should wear and confront protesters the next time they take to the streets?
Will the heated rhetoric over Black Lives Matter trigger their need to “help” the police if there is another protest? Or will they decide that the police won’t do the job in these situations, so an aspiring Rambo takes over?
Florida Department of Agriculture reports state received 121,272 new applications for concealed weapons or firearms licenses since June of this year. It is in addition to more than 2.4 million licenses already issued.
I’m sure Rittenhouse feared for his life when faced with Joseph Rosenbaum and Joseph huber in the midst of chaos. His defense attorney has argued forcefully that Rittenhouse has the right to defend himself.
None of this would have happened, however, if an immature 17-year-old boy had not engaged in this situation. It had nothing to do there, especially with a borrowed AR-15 style rifle designed for combat. We don’t need armed children patrolling the streets.
He did not have the training to wield such a weapon, nor the maturity to handle this situation.
Rittenhouse also lied, early and often. He testified that he was there to protect businesses and provide first aid.
Yet he had no medical training, although he claimed to be a paramedic. The company owner Rittenhouse was there to “protect”, said he had never asked for this or given permission to do so.
Rittenhouse is not a hero for what he has done, despite the efforts of clowns like Matt Gaetz and Antoine Sabatini to paint it that way. Rittenhouse made a terrible situation worse, and perhaps the worst is yet to come.
There is a marginal element who thinks it is acceptable to take matters into their own hands during riots or clashes. Rittenhouse came from Illinois to Wisconsin with this in mind.
In his mind, along with millions of others, the Second Amendment gave all the coverage he needed.
Wisconsin law says anyone under the age of 18 who owns or is armed with a dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, but the judge Bruce schröder dismissed the charge before jurors could have a say.
Schroeder said he believed lawmakers had poorly drafted the law, leaving it open to challenge in the courts.
“I have big problems with this status, I made no secret of it from the start,” he said.
Militant judge, do you like it?
Yeah, this was all a mess from the start, and it left us each wondering what’s going on now.
Florida currently bans open porting except under specific circumstances, but Republican lawmakers routinely try to pass it through the legislature. I imagine they will be back too, maybe as early as next year.
The only thing I know is that two men died, and that wouldn’t have happened if Kyle Rittenhouse hadn’t traveled to Wisconsin. This fact is not in dispute.