AR-15 Taken to Protest at the courthouse of Rittenhouse Trial

But, but, but Gavin Newsom just said he has “no empathy or sympathy” for the criminals that robbed Louis Vuitton and Nordstrom in the Bay Area.

Wait, what? Doesn’t that go without saying??? Apparently not in Newsomland.

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@Elza1 That being said, perhaps you could tone down your dislike a bit. :+1:

No dislike. The police are not there to like nor dislike. They are there to do a job-- and many have failed at that task. I have no respect for any sworn officer who would stand down leaving people at the whims of criminals AND then arrest them and charge them for defending themselves. Its a no-win situation for the defender.

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He traveled 20 miles. He had family in Kenosha…

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Wow… change the law because this fool believes he “broke the law”? I presume he means that self-defense should be illegal? I suspect if he was being assaulted, then chased by a mob shouting to get him and kill him, he would have a different opinion on this topic.

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Suffice it to say, there was a whole lot of stupid going on that night.

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Rittehouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, said in an hour-long interview with reporters same day after the verdict that the car lot owner had asked Kyle to protect the property. Hence the carbine. The ask was stupid. The acceptance of the ask also was stupid. Nevertheless, Kyle’s actions conspicuously were in self-defense.

As to any and all gatherings that attract ANTIFA or BLM sympathizers, just plain don’t go. Simple as that. But if you involuntarily get caught up in such activity, you better be carrying concealed, you better have long before visualized every hypothetical you can imagine, you better be inconspicuous, and you better quickly and calmly get out of there.

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And when you have at last retreated to your house, there will be no one to speak for you. :thinking:
Kyle’s only mistake was to get separated from his armed buddies. :us:

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Did anyone find out the model and year of his Masarati? Come on, what is really important here . . .

He legally was not “allowed” to conceal carry the rifle, nor was he legally “allowed” to conceal carry a handgun - neither did he have one. The rioters should not have been there - they especially should not have been there as they were violating numerous laws. Mr. Rittenhouse was legally “allowed” there as much, or more so, than those destroying private and public property. Mr. Rittenhouse clearly stated why he was there, and why he had the rifle. There was no ill-intent, his intent was to guard property and help those with medical needs.

I was at Lobby Day 2020 in Virginia. The Governor claimed that Antifa and rightwing extremists would be there and there would be violence. He claimed there would be people with firearms on the tops of the buildings surrounding the Capitol. He declared a state of emergency and turned the Capitol into a GFZ to prevent the always peaceful rally members, armed CC holders, access to the Capitol. He promulgated fear through stories in the news. Tens of thousands, of all races, ethnicities, etc., still showed up to the rally.

There were people on the tops of the buildings, including on the Capitol - the police with rifles and cameras. There was, yet again, no violence. There were police on the sidewalks and walking through the crowds. They were not in riot gear, neither did they appear afraid of the tens of thousands of armed citizens that they were surrounded by.

What I do know from personal experience, is that four of my friends and family decided not to attend due to all the fear-mongering by the Governor. There likely would have been several times more people there if not for his attempts to shutdown the rally. At what point will you stand for your rights? At what point are your rights - everyone’s rights - more important than your individual life?

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“Wrong” and “unwise” are NOT synonyms. Kyle did nothing wrong; his jury verdict showed that. He did something (in my estimation) that was unwise. Wise people stay away from violence and circumstances where violence is likely or expected. In his 17 year-old brain he saw the world as black and white i.e. evil vs. good. In my 64 year-old brain I KNOW of evil and good, but I stay as far as I can from evil. If after all my best efforts evil comes my way I fight. Protecting my own family and my own property is one thing. Going to a riot zone and voluntarily protecting someone else’s stuff is another thing altogether. You may disagree and that is your right. Kyle got lucky. Some juries would have sent him away for a long time. If you wish to risk this in your life, best wishes to you. Not me though.

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There is a difference having a right to do something and whether doing that thing makes sense. It was that man’s right to carry the AR-15 into the rally/protest, but doing that in such a highly charged atmosphere doesn’t pass the Common Sense Test.
This is just my humble opinion, of course.

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