If the name Kyle Rittenhouse doesn’t mean anything to you, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Or you’re just not deeply into the political realm, which probably leaves your mental health better off than mine. Yes, you can laugh at that without feeling bad. Okay, but even so, the name should ring a bell.
Kyle Rittenhouse is the 17-year-old who took the country by storm on Tuesday night when he was arrested and then charged Thursday with six total counts and two homicide charges. This was due to him killing protestor-rioters Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as shooting Gaige P. Grosskreutz, 26, in the arm.
Why was Rittenhouse there?
Rittenhouse was in Kenosha, some 30 minutes from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois. He answered a call to provide armed protection for a downtown Kenosha auto dealership that had been largely destroyed in previous protests and riots.
In response to rioting that formed in Kenosha over the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, Rittenhouse showed up with a long gun and joined forces with a host of other armed men. And things were fine for a while, with police even thanking and sharing waters with the militia members.
Then, at some point, shit hit the fan.
According to the NYT’s article that tracks Rittenhouse’s movement on the night, here’s what happened next:
”About 15 minutes before the first shooting, police officers drive past Mr. Rittenhouse, and the other armed civilians who claim to be protecting the dealership, and offer water out of appreciation.
Mr. Rittenhouse walks up to a police vehicle carrying his rifle and talks with the officers.
He eventually leaves the dealership and is barred by the police from returning. Six minutes later footage shows Mr. Rittenhouse being chased by an unknown group of people into the parking lot of another dealership several blocks away.”
In that parking lot of the other dealership is where Kyle Rittenhouse downed his first victim, Joseph Rosenbaum. By the time the night was over, Rittenhouse would go on to kill another protester, wound one more, and fire multiple other shots. He wasn’t the only one firing shots, though, as the rioters chasing him were too.
If politics hadn’t already muddied the waters, I might think this was an open-and-shut case of self-defense, even though Rittenhouse should never have been there in the first place. Also, he was open carrying a gun while underage.
And even so, this issue still seems obvious to me. Yet, in the time since, the media has run free, and I feel like many people have let truth fall by the wayside due to political affiliation.
Here are my three points to combat that.
1) Kyle Rittenhouse is an idiot and should have never been there
Say what you will about his right to be there to protect other businesses. Sure, whatever, but he was 17 with a gun he shouldn’t have had publicly. Stay in the backyard and home, bud. Or join the military.
Anyone who is going to travel to defend strangers’ businesses with a gun he wasn’t supposed to have anyway is probably looking for trouble. Even if that person wasn’t explicitly looking for trouble, putting yourself in that position is, in my opinion, looking for trouble.
2) All of you making this racial – the entire Rittenhouse ordeal – are so wrong it hurts
And honestly, throughout this entire year, no event has done more to reveal the people so willing to thoughtlessly blame racism. If that’s all you’re thinking and seeing here, that’s all you’re ever going to think and see. You're a lost cause.
The reason Rittenhouse wasn’t shot and Jacob Blake was, for those of you who don’t understand why, is essentially this:
White criminals and murderers know they need to act like bitches in front of the cops if they want to live to see tomorrow. Scaring a cop, and then specifically doing something to ENDANGER THEM, is a bad decision.
Have y’all never seen people suck up to cops? Did y’all think people do that because they like and are comfortable with law enforcement?
I digress. Watch how Rittenhouse walks towards the cops – that is the defining difference. Simplified, the cops didn’t know what he had done, and Rittenhouse was very timidly approaching the cops with hands raised. They recognized him from when they were interfacing with and passing out waters to armed guards earlier in the night, which included Rittenhouse.
He wasn’t ignoring commands and working around a car in order to reach inside it for a weapon like Blake was. That math is elementary.
That doesn’t mean I think the Jacob Blake situation should’ve gone that way at all. Read more of my opinion on that here:
3) These two shootings have absolutely nothing to do with each other
And the only reason they now do is because the media made the link. In addition, there’s so much outrage from people simply because they’re not thinking for themselves.
This was self-defense, no matter what happens with the gun charges. Left-leaning outlets are continuously coming out with some of the truths, yet I continue to see other outlets push false narratives on the grounds of racism.
How could it be racist? Just so y’all know, Rittenhouse killed no Black people. Only the *checks notes* three white rioters who were putting his life in danger by trying to grab his gun and worse.
I know past convictions shouldn’t be held against people forever, but those three guys were awful people.
First, read how things actually went down here.
Then, after reading about how the three “victims” behaved, read about who they were. They aren’t people to be fawned over like so much of the media is doing right now.
Again, and to stay consistent in my points, people don’t deserve to die just because they have a criminal record.
But they do deserve to die when they’re killed in self-defense by someone they were trying to kill. Not sure why y’all are bringing Jacob Blake into this. The situations aren’t the same at all.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36
This guy threw a Molotov cocktail at Rittenhouse while trying to grab his gun. There are also videos of his white self yelling “Shoot me, n***a” from earlier in the evening in attempts to taunt armed civilians.
Furthermore, he was a pedophile and registered sex offender, the offense in-question being “Sexual Conduct w/ Minor.”
I don’t believe in killing people for crimes, but that stops at pedophiles and rapists.
Anthony Huber, 26
This guy was the one who tried to kill Rittenhouse by smashing him in the head with a skateboard. He was a repeat domestic abuser and batterer.
Gaige P. Grosskreutz, 26
This guy was a felon with gun and alcohol charges, and therefore not allowed to have the handgun he had.
He would’ve killed Rittenhouse had Rittenhouse not shot Gaige in the arm first. Gaige even said it himself:
I don’t know, man. I guess a lot of people would just die before they protected their own life. I think that’s cowardly.
Granted, I never would've been there like Rittenhouse was. Bonehead move. But, if you remove the underaged guns and take the situation at face value... What would you have done?
Try to put aside your personal politics. Human life matters more than politics, and we should probably start remembering that.
As for me, I think this is shaping up to be another Nick Sandmann-esque situation. Even when Rittenhouse is so at fault.