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In 1918 US Senator Hiram Warren Johnson is purported to have said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.” In the slow-rolling civil war we’re seeing on American streets, truth is AWOL from the media. The media have convicted Kyle Rittenhouse without benefit of trial. But, maybe it’s time to review a few fundamental truths and put some life back into truth.
In 1776 a group of patriots who believed that freedom was more important than servitude stated their beliefs in the simplest of terms:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Every person has the right to life. Every person has the liberty to protect that life. The right of self-defense has always been considered sacred (except in Massachusetts and certain other liberal states). The idea that a person must simply let their life be taken from them by someone bent on doing evil goes against everything our founders stood for. They even took pains to ensure that every citizen would have the right to protect their life:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Each of us has the God-given right to protect our life. Liberals will tell you that the Fifth Commandment read “thou shalt not kill.” But a proper translation would actually be “thou shalt not murder.” There is a difference between murder and self-defense that has been recognized forever by nearly every religion and moralist. When I protect myself against the assault of another, I am not engaging in assault. I am interdicting an assault.
Years before the right to bear arms was protected in Texas, Florida, and now scores of other states, that right was closely held. You could have a handgun for protection in the home, but woe be unto you if you ventured away from the house with it. One of America’s most ardent teachers of firearms tactics had this to say about that prohibition:
“One cannot legislate the maniacs off the street … these maniacs can only be shut down by an armed citizenry. Indeed bad things can happen in nations where the citizenry is armed, but not as bad as those which seem to be threatening our disarmed citizenry in this country at this time.” — Col. Jeff Cooper
This past week in Kenosha, WI, a young man from Illinois went to protect businesses from looting and arson. But he also went with a first aid kit to treat anyone injured. When interviewed, that was what he said he was there for. But violent anarchists, who felt they had the right to burn and loot, confronted him, assaulted him, and he used a firearm to protect himself. He may have unlawfully possessed the weapon, but that’s for another day.
I have a number of concerns about the incident. First, how did a parent allow a 17-year-old boy to attend a riot? How did that happen? Somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind, I see Billy Crystal yelling “good luck storming the castle!” What responsible parent lets a child go to a riot?
Another question: what responsible parent lets a 17-year-old without sufficient life experience to understand the consequences of armed self-defense, go to a riot armed? Even if you believe, as I do, that he acted with great discretion and in defense of his life, you have to be concerned with how and why he was able to put himself in that position.
My next concern is how he got charged with being a fugitive from justice in Illinois – where he lives – when all he did was go home for the night. Here’s the map of the area.
Kyle Rittenhouse lives in Antioch, IL. A part of the huge Chicago metroplex, it’s about 35 minutes from Kenosha. It isn’t like he was boarding a boat for Qatar, or hijacking an airplane for Cuba. He was quite simply going home. And some overwrought prosecutor charged him with being a fugitive from justice?
After the shooting, the video shows him approaching police with his hands raised. He stopped and talked to a police officer who told him to leave the area. He did. He tried to report what happened. The idea that he was a fugitive is ridiculous. The mainstream media’s reporting on this is shameful. “The teenager is a former member of a youth police cadet program with an affinity for guns, according to police and online profiles.”
He was a police explorer. Wow! Lock him up. You can’t have normal 17-year-old kids liking police-related content online. Probably shows something horrible about their character!
He currently faces charges for first-degree intentional homicide, reckless homicide, attempted intentional homicide, and recklessly endangering safety. The only thing he should have been charged with is possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18, which is a misdemeanor. Even that could be forgiven.
But he was charged because the media is driving this. USA Today, no friend of the truth, is running cover for the felons attacking him. USA Today describes Anthony Huber this way:
Friends described Huber as a happy and laid-back guy who loved to skateboard.
“He was always a really sweet person. Always had a smile on his face,” said Max Seebeck, who grew up skateboarding with Huber in Kenosha.
They claim he may have been trying to save lives. By bashing a 17-year-old in the head with a skateboard? And then there’s Joseph Rosenbaum. USA Today says:
According to social media posts from friends and family, Rosenbaum is a Texas native. He moved to Kenosha within the last year. …He leaves behind a fiancée and a young daughter.
The third “victim” is Gaige Grosskreutz. He was in Kenosha for the People’s Revolution Movement. So, not a native, but rather, an outside agitator. Although he did not garner a Darwin Award for himself, it’s doubtful he’ll be patting himself on the back with that right arm anytime soon.
But, was there other information about these victims available to the media that might have shed some light on whether they were in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize? Were they in Kenosha serving humanity? As a matter of fact, there is data and information that paints a different picture of these purported victims. You just have to go find some actual journalism being done (NY Daily News) to locate it:
Online arrest records show [Anthony M.] Huber was arrested several times on battery, drugs and other charges. Rosenbaum had an open criminal case on battery, disorderly conduct and domestic abuse charges, according to the Wisconsin Circuit Court website. His previous record could not immediately be confirmed.
Congrats on the NY Daily News. They got it about one-third right.
Of course, if the NY Daily News had bothered they could easily have located Rosenbaum’s child molestation conviction out of Arizona. Had they checked the Wisconsin sex offender registry they would have found his listing there. Makes you wonder if that fiancée knew what her daughter was getting into? And, as to Anthony M. Huber, he had a domestic abuse modifier and drug-related arrests in his past.
But, what about Gaige? Even the Rittenhouse criminal complaint notes that Gaige had a handgun in his hand at the time he was shot. Numerous photos of it exist. Yet, Gaige had a firearm-related conviction in 2016 for being armed with a handgun while intoxicated. He may actually have been a prohibited possessor. But even if he wasn’t a prohibited possessor, he certainly had a criminal record. A criminal who had previously been armed and convicted of being armed while intoxicated, was carrying a handgun, pointing it at Rittenhouse, and got shot when he tried to use his gun to take Rittenhouse’s rifle. It might be interesting to know if he fired that weapon that evening, no?
There is an excellent breakdown of the Rittenhouse shooting here. It’s worth your time to watch the entire video.
Perhaps it’s just me, but I am very tired of a news media that promotes the violence in these riots and then whines when patriots stand up and take back the streets. While the kid should have been allowed to be a kid, and should have been nowhere near that place, he isn’t a criminal in my view. He should not be charged with an intentional homicide when all he did was try to get out of a dangerous situation, first by running, and only when cornered by firing. Every time I see his young, hopeful face, I see myself at age 17. I was a dumb kid at 17. I did not get a lot smarter until I spent time in the army.
Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. Lin Wood has agreed to help with the case. There is a formidable legal team taking shape. The charges should be dismissed in their entirety. If this case does go to trial, hopefully a jury will refuse to convict him.Published in