17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two guys at a so-called protest in Wisconsin. To me, that was clearly murder and typical of dumb Bubbas and the militia-gun mentality of the USA – oft repeated in some homicidal way or another. But my highly respected and well-liked friend, NonCon, found that there were some aspects of the situation that could or should lead to a legal defense of self-defense. And I do not see that. Maybe on one charge, but not overall.
So, to better understand the counter opinion, I went on a search today for more information. Didn’t have to go far. There is a HUGE contingent on YOU-Tube that not only thinks sympathy for Kyle is warranted but that the two guys killed deserved to be shot and that Kyle is some kind of hero for ‘defending businesses’. Official Bubba position: Kyle is just a ‘good guy’ who was defending the city of Kenosha from ‘bad guys’ and they cite the arrest records of the two victims to justify their opinion.
Again, I do not see that as valid in any way. I see a lot of irrelevant information coming into play (the characters of the victims, for instance. The intention of Kyle, the angry mob, the illegal gun, etc.). I do not see any grounds for any kind of exoneration despite all that nonsense. Maybe a lesser charge for the second killing but everything leading up to it is clearly Kyle-started and Kyle-caused. In my view.
So this blog is an invitation to all my slightly more right-inclined readers to jump in and convince me that there is any justification whatsoever for 1. Kyle even being there. 2. Kyle being there with a gun. 3. Kyle wading into the crowd. 4. Kyle shooting the first guy four times.
You can cite the fact that the protest was seemingly more of a riot than a legit protest, that the victims were ‘provocative’ and that the crowd chased poor Kyle after the initial killing but let’s not dwell too long on that – they were unarmed and he went to them. And an illegitimate protest is the responsibility of the police, not baby Bubbas-with-guns.
What I am really looking for is some understanding as to why these gun-toting Bubbas support Kyle and the police and yet do NOT condemn the police shooting of George Floyd and Jacob Blake (yes, I know that neither of the two deceased were sweethearts. Do y’all remember Eric Garner who was choked to death by NYPD?). If the police can kill on-the-spot everyone who is not a sweetheart, why bother with laws and courts and due process?
And why is there this ‘reaction’ by armed militia to defend businesses with deadly force anyway? Ya gonna take it on yourself to kill people to protect 7-11 convenience stores? Why is there this whacked-out ‘Militia movement’? Why is it tolerated by the same police that will kill unarmed black men and women without much provocation? If the militias support the police, why are they trying to do their job? Why are some ‘Mericans so riled up because protesters topple statues or burn debris but NOT upset when blue-uniformed killers shoot, taser and choke unarmed coloured folks?
I can understand being upset at some of the destructive elements of protests-gone-bad but, to my mind, the militias and the police are 97% wrong and the BLM protesters are 97% right. And those blacks who are out there protesting (knowing there are multiple targets on their backs) are very, very brave or very, very stupid.
And why is this all happening now?
From my perspective, this is just another era of social anger spilling over. But what is the anger really about this time? I know why black people are angry but why are the Bubbas so incensed? Is it about vandalism to convenience stores? Or about chanting de-funding cops? “I’m a Bubba and I am furious about others burning stores and dissing cops?” Why is this anger so directed at protesters? Why is it NOT directed at the inept police or the currently insane government?
I have – so far – dismissed it all collectively as a bunch of Dumb Bubbas acting stupid and being ignorant and walking around armed to the teeth. But, judging from the forums, they are a pretty large contingent. There are a helluva lot of Bubbas out there, it seems. And they hate protesters, they hate liberals, they hate progressives, they hate Tesla, they hate coloured people and they hate whatever Trump hates. How does that even happen?
What am I missing?
Is it all due to Fox brainwashing? Limbaugh race-baiting? Trump hate-mongering? Or was it all there beforehand? And how would either answer explain Hungary and Brazil and the Philippines going the same divisive way? There is something global at play here.
Anyway, didn’t those media-cretins first have some early flames to fan? Or did Rush, Glenn and Tucker start it all? Why do I think that this is something long burning deep underground, ugly embers in their Bubba minds, Nazi-poison in their Bubba hearts? We have a large number of angry Bubbas out there and they have seemingly been angry a very long time.
And, if it has been angering them a long time, why are they not just as mad at Republicans?
Shine a light please…..and not a light that obscures with nonsense about the most recent victims bad history (no one knows that when they kill them). Shed some light on why a protester, a coloured person, a gay or even a Democrat deserves to be shot and killed. I want to know why Kyle feels he has to go defend a 7-11 in Kenosha and why the negligent cops there did NOT even check him out as he waded down the street armed with an automatic rifle.
And why is that even CLOSE to OK?