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The Kyle Rittenhouse Thread In Which We Take As a Given That Kyle Was Wrong and Stupid

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edited November 21 in Debate and/or Discourse
Hello! This is the new thread for discussing Kyle Rittenhouse and his trial. There is interesting and/or cathartic discussion to be had on this subject, pertaining to the impact and implications of this trial. There is also *gestures wildly at the old thread*, which is not terribly interesting and also impossible to moderate.

So.

It is clear that there is no feasible way to have a thread in which those upset by the verdict and those pleased by the verdict can talk about things calmly, which is pretty understandable. So this thread is exclusively for people who think the verdict was a a travesty of justice and who want to talk about it. There will not be a thread for those who think the outcome of this trial is totes awesome, because your opinions are wrong and bad and I've spent four hours between today and yesterday trying to police this shit and I'm kinda over it. If you post in here about how this was totes valid self defense and Kyle is a hero or whatever, you will be infracted and kicked. If you really need to express these opinions, there are places outside of D&D that would love to hear them.

If you think this decision is bullshit, you are welcome to complain to me directly. I'm making this call and I'll be the bullet sponge on this one.

Note that this is not a gun control thread. This is for specifically discussing the Rittenhouse case and its fallout.

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  • zagdrobzagdrob Registered User regular
    So seriously, I saw something that said the Portland police said there were riots last night which is 'yeah, sure Jan' but does anyone have comprehensive info on protests or more since yesterday?

    It seems like everyone is still kind of catching their breath / mostly online from what I've seen so far.

  • ZavianZavian universal peace sounds better than forever war Registered User regular
    legalized murder is still murder

    when a legal system upholds murder, it shows that legal system is corrupt, broken and criminal

  • painfulPleasancepainfulPleasance Registered User regular
    edited November 21
    painfulPleasance was warned for this.
    The argument that Kyle Rittenhouse brought the gun for self-defense to defend against people taking the gun that he wouldn't have if he wasn't defending himself from having his gun taken by the people he went out seeking to kill with his gun is horseshit.

    The police were accomplices in three pre-meditated politically motivated murders. The dude with the pistol "should" have killed the fuck, giving the fascists their martyr and the massacre they wanted to commit, and the feds should have investigated the hell out of the entire thing regardless.

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    It makes me incredibly angry to know that this decision has made it much more easy for people to murder protestors.

    Since most of, if not all, guns are carried by white men and most, if not all of the victims, are people color, it's made it just so much easier for white men to kill people of color.

    I don't know what to do about this other than to ask protestors, the majority of which would be anyone who are not already white men to arm themselves prior to protesting... Which I think just gets more people dead.

    I don't have any witty end cap to all of this other than it depresses the fuck out of me.

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  • RonaldoTheGypsyRonaldoTheGypsy Yes, yes Registered User regular
    America has such a weird gun culture that is only ever getting worse. I cannot for the life of me understand why open carry would need to exist in a public space without natural predators. And the onus on concealed carry should be that a person works toward avoiding conflict rather than creating it.

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
    And the signal this trial sends—much like the trial of George Zimmerman and those of numerous cops who shot first and asked questions later in recent years including the shooting of Jacob Blake seven times in the back, which led to the protest where Rittenhouse decided his presence was necessary—is that lives matter. White lives, that is.

    We’ve now lost our guaranteed First Amendment right to peacefully assemble to a half-cocked, cocaine-cowboy version of the Second Amendment. Mix that together with a witch’s brew of right-wing propaganda and white power, and the result is that any time you march for your rights you have to accept that any dimestore Kyle Rittenhouse can point a weapon of war at you and pull the trigger.

    Only in America.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/kyle-rittenhouse-just-killed-our-right-to-peacefully-protest?ref=scroll

    That kind of just sums up the present situation.

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  • valhalla130valhalla130 13 Dark Shield Perceives the GodsRegistered User regular
    I'll say it. This was a travesty of justice. And I haven't talked to anyone who didn't think it was fixed from the beginning with the judge not allowing clear motive to be introduced in court, or the fact that Rittenhouse shouldn't have had the weapon in the first place.

    I swear if the Georgia yokels (I can say it because I am one) who shot Ahmaud Arbery get off too, my faith in my country will just completely kick the bucket. It's already on life support.

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  • zagdrobzagdrob Registered User regular
    America has such a weird gun culture that is only ever getting worse. I cannot for the life of me understand why open carry would need to exist in a public space without natural predators. And the onus on concealed carry should be that a person works toward avoiding conflict rather than creating it.

    Even if we concede that general all purpose open carry is fine and a thing.

    Showing up at protest openly displaying as a counter protestor and then telling protestors you are pointing guns at them should just immediately result in new charges of menacing / brandishing.

    Separate of whatever the trial is / was, I'm not sure it would even be double jeopardy to place new charges against Rittenhouse based on his testimony.

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  • EtiowsaEtiowsa Registered User regular
    Yeah, I don't really see a path forward at this point that doesn't result in more deaths. You either have fashy fucks murdering protesters with impunity, or protesters defending themselves and getting murdered by fashy police. I don't see Democratic leadership doing anything to help, so...

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  • Knuckle DraggerKnuckle Dragger Explosive Ovine Disposal Registered User regular
    While I doubt it, I'm holding a small hope that we'll get a concession prize of federal charges related to the gun purchase. Rittenhouse may not have been the one who falsified the federal form, but he most certainly conspired with the guy who did. Any argument that it was a legal purchase because the guy was holding the gun until Rittenhouse turned 18 became horseshit the second the gun changed hands.

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  • JokermanJokerman V.Vaughn, The Vaudeville Vilnian Registered User regular
    I'll say it. This was a travesty of justice. And I haven't talked to anyone who didn't think it was fixed from the beginning with the judge not allowing clear motive to be introduced in court, or the fact that Rittenhouse shouldn't have had the weapon in the first place.

    I swear if the Georgia yokels (I can say it because I am one) who shot Ahmaud Arbery get off too, my faith in my country will just completely kick the bucket. It's already on life support.

    It will be the second time Atlanta burns to the ground if the people who murdered arbery get off.

  • Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
    Jokerman wrote: »
    I'll say it. This was a travesty of justice. And I haven't talked to anyone who didn't think it was fixed from the beginning with the judge not allowing clear motive to be introduced in court, or the fact that Rittenhouse shouldn't have had the weapon in the first place.

    I swear if the Georgia yokels (I can say it because I am one) who shot Ahmaud Arbery get off too, my faith in my country will just completely kick the bucket. It's already on life support.

    It will be the second time Atlanta burns to the ground if the people who murdered arbery get off.

    The prosecutor there seems more competent and they've already done several things to fuck up their case, so here's hoping. Only takes one though. Glad they were stupid enough to release that video.

  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    I was fortunate in that in public elementary school I had teachers who would attempt to educate about things like The Black Panthers (to any degree a child can understand).

    I was always amazed that groups like that existed. That people like Malcom X and Marcus Garvey got so much traction. As I got older, and seemingly at an acceleration of pace. I don't think it's as amazing. I think it's sad and inevitable that people need heroes who are willing to arm themselves and make themselves targets - with all of the questionable things that go along with the sort of morality that entails.

    I'm wondering when a militant anti-police organization will take shape again and if we as a society even have the capacity to rally around the idea of uncomfortable change. It sure doesn't seem like justice is going to happen anytime soon to the magnitude it needs to.

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  • JokermanJokerman V.Vaughn, The Vaudeville Vilnian Registered User regular
    Phoenix-D wrote: »
    Jokerman wrote: »
    I'll say it. This was a travesty of justice. And I haven't talked to anyone who didn't think it was fixed from the beginning with the judge not allowing clear motive to be introduced in court, or the fact that Rittenhouse shouldn't have had the weapon in the first place.

    I swear if the Georgia yokels (I can say it because I am one) who shot Ahmaud Arbery get off too, my faith in my country will just completely kick the bucket. It's already on life support.

    It will be the second time Atlanta burns to the ground if the people who murdered arbery get off.

    The prosecutor there seems more competent and they've already done several things to fuck up their case, so here's hoping. Only takes one though. Glad they were stupid enough to release that video.

    Brunswick is very conservative, is my only concern. Also the majority white Jury gives me a fear, but it all seems very cut and dry so here's hoping!

    In Savannah, we have a pretty good track record with dealing with protest. Not to say there's a fair amount of racial inequality here, but I think we do it better then most places in the south.

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  • sanstodosanstodo Registered User regular
    Etiowsa wrote: »
    Yeah, I don't really see a path forward at this point that doesn't result in more deaths. You either have fashy fucks murdering protesters with impunity, or protesters defending themselves and getting murdered by fashy police. I don't see Democratic leadership doing anything to help, so...

    It’s a terrible situation for anyone protesting for racial and social justice (myself included). I refuse to carry because as a non-white person, being armed only increases my chances of dying. But with the formal and informal legitimization of deadly violence on the right, being unarmed also increases my chances of dying.

    I’m not 100% sure how to do the risk assessment. But overall, I’m likely a more sympathetic victim unarmed so I’m going with that. And yes, I’m aware of how fucked up that sounds.

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  • PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    I'm mildly interested in seeing what downstream effects there are.

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
    Paladin wrote: »
    I'm mildly interested in seeing what downstream effects there are.

    Possibly the cyclical repeat of history, but with a few tweaks. We are reentering the phase of history of the white posse and it’s backing by forces of the state, forgotten but thanks to a few short decades of 20th century progress. Michael Harriot of The Root has a long thread about it here that we should all read:



    There is a lot of speculation about what could happen it people like Kyle Rittenhouse are allowed to get away with murder. But, as usual, it's never "if" but "when"

    A brief history of white vigilantes at Black protests.

    A thread.

    This is, of course, the ultimate aim of the NeoConfederate Project: the repeal of the twentieth century and the return of the Old Orders of Things.

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  • PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    I think there are several things, the post-covid Era being one, that mutate society to the point where simple repetition is impossible.

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  • jungleroomxjungleroomx It's not a "weapon art", it's an ANIMATION Registered User regular
    edited November 21
    Paladin wrote: »
    I think there are several things, the post-covid Era being one, that mutate society to the point where simple repetition is impossible.

    Its less a repetition and more of a “We haven’t solved the issues brought about by the Civil War yet.”

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
    Paladin wrote: »
    I think there are several things, the post-covid Era being one, that mutate society to the point where simple repetition is impossible.

    Its less a repetition and more of a “We haven’t solved the issues brought about by the Civil War yet.”

    We haven’t solved the issues that came about from Bacon’s Rebellion even.

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  • PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    I have a feeling that this will not be the monumentous powderkeg that resolves this issue for one side or the other.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style He/Him | Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    Paladin wrote: »
    I have a feeling that this will not be the monumentous powderkeg that resolves this issue for one side or the other.

    Just another drop in the bucket of American conservative fascism.

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  • MorganVMorganV Registered User regular
    edited November 21
    Etiowsa wrote: »
    Yeah, I don't really see a path forward at this point that doesn't result in more deaths. You either have fashy fucks murdering protesters with impunity, or protesters defending themselves and getting murdered by fashy police. I don't see Democratic leadership doing anything to help, so...

    Yup. While they might not actually have impunity*, they're going to believe they do. If they're charged and convicted after the fact, doesn't change the deaths and maimings that are caused as a result of those beliefs.

    * There's argument as to how much this trial will have precedent in future trials, how other state and local laws differ and how weighted a different judge might make the case. All important, but not relevant as to whether a jagoff THINKS he has impunity or not (see "I'm blonde and white").

    And given his lionization by the Republican legislators and conservative media figureheads, and the lack of condemnation from others within that bubble, it WILL happen again, it's just a matter of when, and how many are killed and maimed.
    EDIT- Has anyone from the conservative blogosphere (media/pundit/legislative) been anything but silent or praising of Rittenhouse? I'm not expecting "travesty of justice", but even an "avoidable tragedy" that didn't blame the victims for their own deaths would be something.


    That it's also going to see a decrease in tolerance from law enforcement with regards protest (for liberal causes), either because they think the protestors are armed, or under the guise of "protecting" the protestors from counter-protestors, the ability of people to express public disapproval is absolutely going to be curtailed.

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
    Rittenhouse as a microcosm of American white supremacist history:

    https://www.gawker.com/news/kyle-rittenhouse-is-american
    This is the history that underwrites today’s talk of Rittenhouse as defending himself, property, community, order, and the like. This is the history that made Rittenhouse’s choices leading up to that night in August imaginable for him, and that makes it possible for so many Americans to imagine themselves in his shoes or to express pride in him as though he was their own son. It’s the same history and context, too, that fills in the blanks when commentators like noted memoirist, venture capitalist, and Ohio Senate hopeful J.D. Vance speak in generic yet lurid abstractions about how Rittenhouse was merely defending “his community” from subhuman “thugs” and “wolves.”

    And it’s the same history and context that reveals Rittenhouse as but the latest iteration in a long line of American men who have decided to insert themselves and their guns into situations in which they somehow find themselves compelled to kill. More than mere vigilantes defending themselves, these are men who, in killing, supplement formally legitimate authorities and vindicate an entire hierarchical social order by exercising their prerogative to assert ballistic control over space and dispose of the bodies of others. Their number includes George Zimmerman, who in 2012 chased and killed Trayvon Martin, the three men who chased and killed Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery last year (“he was trapped like a rat,” one proudly told cops afterwards), and more than a few police officers too.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    dispatch.o wrote: »
    I was fortunate in that in public elementary school I had teachers who would attempt to educate about things like The Black Panthers (to any degree a child can understand).

    I was always amazed that groups like that existed. That people like Malcom X and Marcus Garvey got so much traction. As I got older, and seemingly at an acceleration of pace. I don't think it's as amazing. I think it's sad and inevitable that people need heroes who are willing to arm themselves and make themselves targets - with all of the questionable things that go along with the sort of morality that entails.

    I'm wondering when a militant anti-police organization will take shape again and if we as a society even have the capacity to rally around the idea of uncomfortable change. It sure doesn't seem like justice is going to happen anytime soon to the magnitude it needs to.

    What did they tell you about the Black Panthers?

    As far as my experience with the Black Panthers and Malcolm X in public education goes, they put a picture of them looking angry and scary in the textbook and have a throwaway paragraph to paint them as the violent radicals who were just too extreme for anyone, unlike Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The long-running smear campaign against civil rights activists who were too fiery to be able to be sanitized in the history books as peacefully working with the system is really something else. It wasn't enough to actually assassinate so many of them, their character had to be assassinated as well.

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  • GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    I think the logical conclusion to this insane trial outcome looks kind of like this:
    1. Everyone should be open carrying at all times.
    2. If you see someone who is armed and who scares you, you should draw and point your weapon at them.
    3. If they (being scared because you are pointing a gun at them) attempt to draw then you should shoot them otherwise there is a good chance they shoot you.

    If this sounds like a deranged interpretation of the wild west you ain't wrong.

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  • AegeriAegeri Plateau of LengRegistered User regular
    edited November 21
    TBH, it doesn't even sound like something the Wild West would be proud of.

    It is where we are now with the result of this trial. I really fear for the next incident that happens. It could be a genuine spree shooter up there, defending himself as if he were "threatened" and so had to kill 10+ people. Really afraid for how out of control this could get.

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  • KaputaKaputa Registered User regular
    edited November 21
    For me this trial mostly reinforces the fact that open carry is a dangerous practice that should be ended. I'm not as pro-gun control as many people here - I do support concealed carry - but open carry just seems like a recipe for shit like this to go down. Not that it's the only problematic aspect of the trial; the political context and the details of the trial itself add to the problem - but the root of this whole tragedy, to me, is a guy being able to show up as a counterprotester while legally waving a rifle around.

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  • GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    Aegeri wrote: »
    TBH, it doesn't even sound like something the Wild West would be proud of.

    It is where we are now with the result of this trial. I really fear for the next incident that happens. It could be a genuine spree shooter up there, defending himself as if he were "threatened" and so had to kill 10+ people. Really afraid for how out of control this could get.
    It's why I stated that this is sounding like a deranged version of the wild west, but even there shit was never this insane:


    A ruling like this also fantastically undermines the authority of law enforcement and the governments monopoly on the use of force, since the moment you zoom out the focus of these events from the specific 5 minute time span when this occured to take in the full context of Kyle's decision making leading up to this it's clear that everything possible was done to make the situation as dangerous as possible and that in the eyes of judge fuckface that's just fine.

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  • zagdrobzagdrob Registered User regular
    One thing I dont get is that when people try to argue he wasn't doing anything unlawful because of some perverted reading of WI hunting laws...and disregard of the fact the straw buyer is currently facing charges...Rittenhouse was still violating a lawful curfew.

    His presence in general was illegal and I believe that while 1st Amendment rights are seen to suupercede curfews in some cases, my understanding has been that doesn't apply for minors and under-18 curfews have been found to be perfectly lawful.

    I'm just sort of surprised and unsure why that angle seemingly wasn't brought up and was entirely ignored. Maybe the prosecution thought it just muddled things up?

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  • GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    Kaputa wrote: »
    For me this trial mostly reinforces the fact that open carry is a dangerous practice that should be ended. I'm not as pro-gun control as many people here - I do support concealed carry - but open carry just seems like a recipe for shit like this to go down. Not that it's the only problematic aspect of the trial; the political context and the details of the trial itself add to the problem - but the root of this whole tragedy, to me, is a guy being able to show up as a counterprotester while legally waving a rifle around.

    He wasn't even legally allowed to have the rifle in the first place. It was acquired via straw purchase and under the Law meant for hunting purposes (and the AR15 isn't exactly a good hunting rifle to begin with) with adult supervision (where the hell are they?). To accept that this was perfectly legal for him to do so requires contortions of the law that make this:
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  • Knuckle DraggerKnuckle Dragger Explosive Ovine Disposal Registered User regular
    Kaputa wrote: »
    For me this trial mostly reinforces the fact that open carry is a dangerous practice that should be ended. I'm not as pro-gun control as many people here - I do support concealed carry - but open carry just seems like a recipe for shit like this to go down. Not that it's the only problematic aspect of the trial; the political context and the details of the trial itself add to the problem - but the root of this whole tragedy, to me, is a guy being able to show up as a counterprotester while legally waving a rifle around.

    Open carry isn’t the problem; the latitude it is given is. This might not have happened if Rittenhouse had been carrying his weapon in a more reasonable manner. Having his gun in a ready position wasn’t just threatening to others; it also influenced his own reactions. He didn’t just have a gun; he had a gun he was ready to use on people, and that likely gave him the confidence to walk into a situation tha could turn dangerous (in no small part due to the threat he posed).

    If you are worried about people grabbing your openly carried weapon (to answer the point honked up in the last post), then you refrain from introducing the weapon into that situation. You don’t double down and enter the situation threatening to use the weapon.

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  • Knuckle DraggerKnuckle Dragger Explosive Ovine Disposal Registered User regular
    zagdrob wrote: »
    One thing I dont get is that when people try to argue he wasn't doing anything unlawful because of some perverted reading of WI hunting laws...and disregard of the fact the straw buyer is currently facing charges...Rittenhouse was still violating a lawful curfew.

    His presence in general was illegal and I believe that while 1st Amendment rights are seen to suupercede curfews in some cases, my understanding has been that doesn't apply for minors and under-18 curfews have been found to be perfectly lawful.

    I'm just sort of surprised and unsure why that angle seemingly wasn't brought up and was entirely ignored. Maybe the prosecution thought it just muddled things up?

    The curfew issue was brought up and dismissed because the judge ruled that police testimony that they were enforcing a lawful curfew order was not enough to establish that a lawful curfew order was in effect.

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  • MorganVMorganV Registered User regular
    zagdrob wrote: »
    One thing I dont get is that when people try to argue he wasn't doing anything unlawful because of some perverted reading of WI hunting laws...and disregard of the fact the straw buyer is currently facing charges...Rittenhouse was still violating a lawful curfew.

    His presence in general was illegal and I believe that while 1st Amendment rights are seen to suupercede curfews in some cases, my understanding has been that doesn't apply for minors and under-18 curfews have been found to be perfectly lawful.

    I'm just sort of surprised and unsure why that angle seemingly wasn't brought up and was entirely ignored. Maybe the prosecution thought it just muddled things up?

    The curfew issue was brought up and dismissed because the judge ruled that police testimony that they were enforcing a lawful curfew order was not enough to establish that a lawful curfew order was in effect.

    I mean, like the videos of Rittenhouse from before the protests, he didn't really have a choice, because I would have been devastating to the defence's case.

    Only way to have a "fair trial" was to put your thumb on the scale.

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited November 21
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    dispatch.o wrote: »
    I was fortunate in that in public elementary school I had teachers who would attempt to educate about things like The Black Panthers (to any degree a child can understand).

    I was always amazed that groups like that existed. That people like Malcom X and Marcus Garvey got so much traction. As I got older, and seemingly at an acceleration of pace. I don't think it's as amazing. I think it's sad and inevitable that people need heroes who are willing to arm themselves and make themselves targets - with all of the questionable things that go along with the sort of morality that entails.

    I'm wondering when a militant anti-police organization will take shape again and if we as a society even have the capacity to rally around the idea of uncomfortable change. It sure doesn't seem like justice is going to happen anytime soon to the magnitude it needs to.

    What did they tell you about the Black Panthers?

    As far as my experience with the Black Panthers and Malcolm X in public education goes, they put a picture of them looking angry and scary in the textbook and have a throwaway paragraph to paint them as the violent radicals who were just too extreme for anyone, unlike Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The long-running smear campaign against civil rights activists who were too fiery to be able to be sanitized in the history books as peacefully working with the system is really something else. It wasn't enough to actually assassinate so many of them, their character had to be assassinated as well.

    Ah, no. The Panthers were portrayed as a group set out to protect black Californians during a period of open violence against them. My teachers were very careful to explain how the things they were 'famous' for were lawful actions that white people had been doing basically forever. Open carry, marching on Sacramento, providing legal counsel.

    Generally the 'bad' stuff was talked about in the context of an organization losing it's leadership and the media capitalizing on that the same way they painted BLM as thugs and looters.

    I grew up in California though, as an adult I've found out that things like SexEd and the history of slavery isn't really something everyone else learned about.

    Malcom X was complicated, but he wasn't portrayed as simply the stick to Martin Luther King Jr's carrot.

    Great teacher, had him in 8th grade and then again in 11th. Failed his class both times for other reasons though.

    White social studies teacher if it matters.

    Also a very old Jewish teacher in 6th grade that I still think about. Watching a 4' 9" little Jewish lady who is 60+ absolutely love basketball and play it with kids leaves an impression. She was good, too.

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  • minor incidentminor incident Quincentuple Your Money! Registered User regular
    Kaputa wrote: »
    For me this trial mostly reinforces the fact that open carry is a dangerous practice that should be ended. I'm not as pro-gun control as many people here - I do support concealed carry - but open carry just seems like a recipe for shit like this to go down. Not that it's the only problematic aspect of the trial; the political context and the details of the trial itself add to the problem - but the root of this whole tragedy, to me, is a guy being able to show up as a counterprotester while legally waving a rifle around.

    Open carry isn’t the problem; the latitude it is given is. This might not have happened if Rittenhouse had been carrying his weapon in a more reasonable manner. Having his gun in a ready position wasn’t just threatening to others; it also influenced his own reactions. He didn’t just have a gun; he had a gun he was ready to use on people, and that likely gave him the confidence to walk into a situation tha could turn dangerous (in no small part due to the threat he posed).

    If you are worried about people grabbing your openly carried weapon (to answer the point honked up in the last post), then you refrain from introducing the weapon into that situation. You don’t double down and enter the situation threatening to use the weapon.

    I mean, there’s a reason corrections officers and police aren’t allowed to carry firearms inside of jails and prisons. Common sense says bringing a firearm into a volatile situation can only make it worse.

    And to be clear, I hate using cops as an example of how to do something right, but even they don’t fuck this part up.

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  • Knuckle DraggerKnuckle Dragger Explosive Ovine Disposal Registered User regular
    Kaputa wrote: »
    For me this trial mostly reinforces the fact that open carry is a dangerous practice that should be ended. I'm not as pro-gun control as many people here - I do support concealed carry - but open carry just seems like a recipe for shit like this to go down. Not that it's the only problematic aspect of the trial; the political context and the details of the trial itself add to the problem - but the root of this whole tragedy, to me, is a guy being able to show up as a counterprotester while legally waving a rifle around.

    Open carry isn’t the problem; the latitude it is given is. This might not have happened if Rittenhouse had been carrying his weapon in a more reasonable manner. Having his gun in a ready position wasn’t just threatening to others; it also influenced his own reactions. He didn’t just have a gun; he had a gun he was ready to use on people, and that likely gave him the confidence to walk into a situation tha could turn dangerous (in no small part due to the threat he posed).

    If you are worried about people grabbing your openly carried weapon (to answer the point honked up in the last post), then you refrain from introducing the weapon into that situation. You don’t double down and enter the situation threatening to use the weapon.

    I mean, there’s a reason corrections officers and police aren’t allowed to carry firearms inside of jails and prisons. Common sense says bringing a firearm into a volatile situation can only make it worse.

    And to be clear, I hate using cops as an example of how to do something right, but even they don’t fuck this part up.

    And that’s kind of the point. The people carrying water for Rittenhouse and other to open carry forget that rights go hand in hand with responsibilities. If you want to carry openly in Wisconsin, that’s your right, but you are then on the hook for bringing that weapon out in public. That’s not much of an issue when you are abiding by the spirit of the law (which with long guns is clearly focused on hunting), but once you start lawyering on the letter of the law, the chances of something going wrong increase, and that’s largely going to be the responsibility of the gun bearer.

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  • tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    Kaputa wrote: »
    For me this trial mostly reinforces the fact that open carry is a dangerous practice that should be ended. I'm not as pro-gun control as many people here - I do support concealed carry - but open carry just seems like a recipe for shit like this to go down. Not that it's the only problematic aspect of the trial; the political context and the details of the trial itself add to the problem - but the root of this whole tragedy, to me, is a guy being able to show up as a counterprotester while legally waving a rifle around.

    Open carry isn’t the problem; the latitude it is given is. This might not have happened if Rittenhouse had been carrying his weapon in a more reasonable manner. Having his gun in a ready position wasn’t just threatening to others; it also influenced his own reactions. He didn’t just have a gun; he had a gun he was ready to use on people, and that likely gave him the confidence to walk into a situation tha could turn dangerous (in no small part due to the threat he posed).

    If you are worried about people grabbing your openly carried weapon (to answer the point honked up in the last post), then you refrain from introducing the weapon into that situation. You don’t double down and enter the situation threatening to use the weapon.

    I mean, there’s a reason corrections officers and police aren’t allowed to carry firearms inside of jails and prisons. Common sense says bringing a firearm into a volatile situation can only make it worse.

    And to be clear, I hate using cops as an example of how to do something right, but even they don’t fuck this part up.

    Many police officers may be racist, but fewer are both racist and stupid, and any non stupid person understands that unless you are willing to slaughter people en masse and have help, your gun is a liability against a hostile crowd of people.

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  • amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    Yeah I definitely see a resurgence of the "open carry protests" that used to be big on youtube during the Obama administration.

    Which really sucks.

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    And, just in case you weren’t completely disgusted this morning…


    ALERT: GOA will be awarding Kyle Rittenhouse with an AR-15 for his defense of gun rights in America.

    Join us in saying THANK YOU to Kyle Rittenhouse for being a warrior for gun owners and self defense rights across the country!

    I swear, there is no bottom to this barrel.

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