A 17-year-old punk leaves his home in Illinois, travels to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where there are protests against the police brutality that left Jacob Blake paralyzed from the waist down, and walks up and down the street carrying an assault rifle. Seventeen years old. He should be home studying, or working at the local McDonald’s to save for college, but instead he is about to become a cold-blooded killer. He did not have a permit for the gun, and in fact was too young to obtain one … he was not legally allowed to have that weapon in his possession.
As Kyle Rittenhouse walked down the streets of Kenosha with another armed man, a police officer in an armoured vehicle asked him if he needed some water, then tossed him a bottle of water, saying, “We appreciate you guys, we really do.” A short time later, Kyle Rittenhouse used his AR-15 to shoot three people, two of whom died. Since police were all over the place, it only makes sense that he was arrested on the spot, right? But no … even though at this point, people were shouting to the police that he was the shooter, and even though he walked right up to the police, police officers simply waved him away and told him to get off the streets! He returned to his home in Antioch, Illinois, a short time later, without any interference from law enforcement in Wisconsin. He was arrested by Antioch police the following afternoon.
Kyle Rittenhouse would have been shot dead on the spot by police if he had been a black teenager instead of a white one. But wait … for it gets even worse.
It may have started with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson when, rather than condemning a 17-year-old killer, he attempted to justify it …
“So, are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder? How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would? Everyone could see what was happening in Kenosha. It was getting crazier by the hour.”
Or perhaps it started with the Facebook post by Arthur Love, a member of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s staff, sympathizing with Rittenhouse, saying in one post …
“I’m grateful that conservatives are rallying behind this kid. He genuinely seems like a good person.”
A “good person”??? Good people do not even own assault weapons, let alone go looking for an excuse to kill!!! Mr. Love was fired on Saturday, and rightly so.
Wherever and however it started, there is growing support for this 17-year-old murderer, and funds have even been started to help pay his legal fees! One fundraiser, on a Christian crowdfunding website called Give Send Go, raised more than $65,000 as of last Thursday evening. People have donated $7,460 to the teen through a site called Free Kyle Rittenhouse.
GoFundMe, one of the most popular and widely used crowdfunding websites, has taken down multiple fundraisers for Rittenhouse. GoFundMe spokesperson Angelique McNaughton said Thursday the platform removed the fundraisers because they violated GoFundMe’s terms of service which specifically forbids people from using the platform to raise money for “the implicit or explicit purpose of or involving for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, serious disabilities or diseases, financial crimes or crimes of deception.”
And, according to an article in The Guardian …
“Fundraisers, messages of support and celebratory memes for the alleged Kenosha, Wisconsin, mass shooter are being shared widely on Facebook and Instagram, despite the company’s assurance on Wednesday that it was working to enforce its policy banning content that “praises, supports, or represents” mass shooters.
One fundraiser for Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was shared more than 17,700 times on Facebook, including by 291 public groups and pages with more than 3.9m aggregate followers, according to data from CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data analytics tool. A second fundraiser garnered 1,698 shares on the platform, including by an additional 17 pages and groups with nearly 400,000 followers.”
I encourage you to read the entire article, for it is truly shocking.
This, perhaps more than anything else, defines what is wrong in this nation today. That people have empathy for a young punk using an assault weapon to kill people is … well, it just blows my mind. Personally, I would like to see him tried, convicted, and spend the rest of his life in prison. I would also like to see his parents pay a price, for it is obvious to me that they failed miserably in raising this child. Since he was only seventeen, he was legally still under their guardianship, and it seems to me they must share some of the blame.
Rittenhouse claims it was self-defense, but he went there looking for trouble, so the self-defense argument simply does not fly. How can people support this punk? How can anyone justify what he did? Those who can, it seems obvious to me, are people who value their guns more than human life, people who believe in vigilante justice, and people who are, at the core, white supremacists. They are part of what is wrong in this nation today, and is likely to get worse before it gets better.