I think it is undeniably true that his actions..going to the protest armed like that..were stupid and irresponsible. I don’t know enough about the law to know if they were illegal.
Legal considerations aside: my worry is that this event just adds to the “shoot ’em up” culture; what if, next time, an armed protester sees someone like this as a legitimate threat and shoots first?
So, this celebrating the verdict disgusts me, even if the verdict was correct on legal grounds (don’t know enough to comment one way or the other).
But…the divisions and the reactions:
No, this verdict doesn’t mean it is “open season” on protesters. The victims in question, in one form or another, went after a man with a civilian version of an assault rifle.
No, Ritttenhouse is no hero. I’d never hire him for anything, much less a congressional internship. I would NOT want him on my campus.
Yes, this disgusts me:
And yes, I can see some of the emotion: though the eyes of some conservatives, it appears that someone “did something about” the looting and violence that seemed to go on, with impunity, at some BLM protests. “About time”, they say.
Yes, I’ve consistently denounced such violence and looting.
And yes, some liberals have been supportive of it..
And yes, some of the “woke” in academia compare the killing of those protesters with what happens ..in the workplace. Really. I have no doubt that things are sometimes unfair, but ..comparing this to getting away with shooting someone with an AR-15? Really?
It is kind of weird. I am well to the left of center in most of my views (by US standards). But I see this whole incident as a threat to order and public safety, which, if you think about it, is a very classical conservative way of thinking of things. From my point of view, some things are upside down.
Workout notes yesterday, did 32 minutes on the bike, after rehab (banded walks), pull ups (did 1-2-3-3-2-1, 5-4-3-2-1, 5-4-3-2-1, then sets to get 60 reps), push ups (much better range of motion), rows, curls, shoulder presses (10 x 85, 10 x 85, 10 x 90 seated, supported).
Things are looking up; yesterday, 14:20 mpm walking with breaks at 1.1, 2.1 after yoga; weighed in at 199.