Rittenhouse is “not a hero, as some of his supporters claim. He behaved like a vigilante and did not deserve to walk freely, given his recklessness, ”the Wisconsin State Journal said in an op-ed. “However, the law, unfortunately, leans in favor of shooters who claim self-defense. This must change.
Rittenhouse, then 17, traveled from his Illinois home to Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year during protests against police gunfire on local black resident Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse “wasn’t making anyone safer by parading through crowds of angry people with a semi-automatic rifle strapped to his chest and, according to prosecutors, pointing it at people before the conflict escalated,” noted the newspaper.
By the end of the night, Rittenhouse had shot dead two unarmed men and injured a third man who had a gun.
“Much of the case” against him “hinged on whether Rittenhouse had provoked the others. If carrying an AR-15 on a crowded street isn’t provocative, what is it? the newspaper asked.
What “Rittenhouse and other self-proclaimed armed Kenosha ‘protectors’ needed to hear from our justice system is that they are not the judge and jury when things go wrong,” the editorial.
The newspaper also raised an interesting conundrum: If “two people openly carry guns and point them at each other, whose claim of self-defense takes precedence?” “
The state should focus on “discouraging clashes with guns, rather than encouraging more people to arm themselves out of fear or revenge,” the editorial concluded.
Read the full Wisconsin State Journal editorial here.
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