Many conservative commentators refused to stick their nose out for Kyle Rittenhouse and now find themselves jumping on the bandwagon because the trial has gone favorably for the defense thus far. Big Eva is perhaps worse, given that The Gospel Coalition slandered Kyle Rittenhouse as a mass shooter on the same level as Dylan Roof. The 2nd Amendment LARPers failed to realize that the precedent set at the Rittenhouse Trial, though local will have national and partisan implications.
In conservative areas of the country, Rittenhouse would never have been charged. And even under Wisconsin law, this trial is playing out as though the prosecution did not have enough evidence to bring foreword a case. But this is what happens when the anti-gun Kenosha Police Department and the state’s attorney conspire to railroad Kyle Rittenhouse, by not only charging him very quickly and on very limited evidence, but the police department’s refusal to execute a search warrant on one of the Antifa fighter’s phones at the request of the prosecution.
The star witnesses of the prosecution both torpedoed their case, by corroborating the self-defense claims of the defense. Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand Wednesday and did not fall prey to the prosecution’s last ditch attempt to provoke Rittenhouse into admitting he ordered a code red. The prosecution was severely admonished by the judge for impropriety surrounding questions of the defendant’s pre-trial silence and an attempt to introduce evidence denied by the judge prior to testimony. This was seen by the defense as an attempt to thwart an acquittal, and they requested a mistrial with prejudice on those grounds.
Especially in these times, local issues have national implications. The Rittenhouse Trial would be no different. Leftwing paramilitaries would be emboldened by a conviction to wreak havoc on our streets some more after the events of 2020 yielded the desired results. Americans living in cities will be at the mercy of the mob and they already cannot trust the police to protect them from Antifa or Black Lives Matter in the event of civil unrest. A guilty verdict would set a cultural precedent that the police will crack down on self defense uses of firearms during civil unrest, which we should anticipate more of.
Ultimately the prosecution is arguing against the 2nd Amendment and the right to self-defense which is inalienable. To them, this is not about Kyle Rittenhouse, the decedents, nor has it ever been. It’s about Antifa and Black Lives Matter. It’s about removing the ability of people to defend themselves and their property from the spirit of the age.