The United states is a developing nation when it comes to getting away with murder. First, it was the police. Now, ordinary citizens.
Kyle Rittenhouse the most recent “citizen.” He was acquitted in the murder of two and injuring of another.
Rittenhouse a 17 year old at the time of the shootings. He knew there were going to be demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Left his home in Illinois to attend.
He took with him his AR-15 rifle.
He said he was going to help. Some might believe he was going to kill. Otherwise, why the AR-15?
Killed two. Injured one. The jury acquitted him of all charges.
I did not see enough of the trial to comment as to whether it was a correct verdict. However, I can comment on the not guilty’s effect.
The effect is chilling.
The young killer is a “new” American hero. Hero to insurgents and the radical right.
Insurgency is growing at a rapid pace in the U.S. Examples include the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Klu Klux Klan, adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory, militia men,white supremacists and die hard Trump supporters.
Rittenhouse a political hero. He is scheduled to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show monday night. Carlson accepts Rittenhouse’s claim that he went to Kenosha to “maintain order when no one else would.”
Ann Coulter another on the right. She wants “Rittenhouse for President.”
Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene support him. Gaetz believes Rittenhouse should become a Congressional intern and he is going to help him get such a position.
Rittenhouse’s acquittal emboldens all dissidents. They now feel they can get away with anything, including murder.
To counter the Rittenhouse effect and other insurgent/dissident activity, certain changes are required.
First, cases must move faster. Resolution cannot take 1-2 years. My reference is not to the Rittenhouse matter. Rather to January 6. Arrests must be swifter. We are already 10 months post January 6.
Court procedures are antiquated. They must be adjusted so that these type cases move with all dispatch.
Sentencing must be severe. The hardest permissible.
One item has not reared its ugly head. Yet!
Everyone is receiving death threat letters. Death to you and your family. Generally sent to government officials.
A thought in the back of my mind. Did any of the jurors, or all, receive such letters if they did not vote to acquit? An interesting question. Time will tell.
The Rittenhouse result once again is persons can murder and get away with it. His acquittal I fear has created a new group who believe that they are now as 007. They have a license to kill!
Enjoy your day!