Dissonance on Self-Defense

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The Kyle Rittenhouse case … reveals a deep divide. One side thinks young Mr. Rittenhouse is guilty because he clearly sided with property-owners by cleaning up graffiti, putting out fires, caring for the riots’ victims … and carrying a big, scary-looking rifle; the other points to the facts of the altercation between Rittenhouse and the three men he shot, judging the shootings self-defense. On Monday, the lead prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, insisted that ‘You lose the right to self-defense when you’re the one who brought the gun,’ despite that not being Wisconsin law. Rittenhouse also wasn’t the only one with a gun. While the prosecution tried to undermine self-defense by declaring that Rittenhouse had instigated the whole scene, the media relentlessly feeds a general prejudice against the idea that citizens should be armed and for the notion that we must rely upon the police alone.” (11/17/21)