Kyle Rittenhouse said he went to Kenosha, Wis., to protect a car dealership from protesters, but it’s hard to imagine that walking and running down the streets of Kenosha, packing a firearm is protecting anything or anybody. But for whatever reason this self-important, immature, 17-year-old, now 18, said that’s what he was doing. Witnesses say that Rittnhouse attempted to intimidate protesters that he didn’t agree with during the unrest over the shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, by police. When some of the protesters tried to take the gun away from Rittenhouse is when the shooting started.
It’s hard to imagine how Rittenhouse could walk away from this scot-free and even as a long-time gun owner it’s also difficult for me to imagine why it is legal for anyone to possess a weapon made to kill as many human beings as fast as possible unless it’s the military. And please don’t tell me it’s our Second Amendment rights. Protesters and counter protesters are not a “well regulated militia with the right to keep and bear arms” that the Second Amendment was written to protect.
When you display a gun in any kind of protest or disagreement, you’re asking for big-time trouble and what happens when both sides are armed? Well, Kenosha happens.
Hopefully, however unlikely as it is in today’s political climate, there will be a little less enthusiasm for taking a weapon to our ever more frequent disputes over just about everything and lastly, what does this all say about our society, our nation, these days?