Tragedy and Comedy
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> Kyle “Rottenhouse” is a monster and joke all at once, but a surprising number of people see him differently:  A hero…a victim…a righteous defender…a righteous self-defender….
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> He’s none of these, but…
> We live in the most toxic and deadly gun culture in the world. While we do nothing to discourage the ownership of firearms, including lethal assault rifles, we add to our noxious culture by refusing to mitigate the certainty of active-shooter, mass killing events.  There are areas in our world where the mere possession of a firearm is a capital offense. Not in America.  No NRA there.
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> Rottenhouse is a “hero” to gun enthusiasts who believe in vigilante justice and one’s inalienable right to shoot others if it serves their higher principle of pursuing life, liberty and happiness. Gun violence is an accepted form of expression; a protected right of free speech.
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> Some see Rottenhouse as a “victim”.  Just a young, white male trying to protect himself from a threatening mob. Who would be concerned when they saw a kid carrying an assault rifle in public? Isn’t that image part of the modern American tableau?
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> A “righteous defender” is espoused by some Rottenhouse supporters who believe his claims he armed himself then drove four hours to “protect” vulnerable property, a car dealership to be specific, from militant fire bombers.  He even went so far as to self-deputize to justify the use of deadly force if he, a white kid, thought it necessary.
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> A “righteous self-defender” is an extension of all the above, but made plausible when other protest marchers were armed with hand guns or simply reacted defensively to the sight of a teenager armed with an assault weapon in their midst.
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> Rottenhouse is a monster and a joke.  He is the veritable personification of the fine line that separates tragedy from comedy. He’s tragic because his self-ordained vigilante escapade caused two people to die by his pubescent trigger finger; moreover, he’s a joke since, at seventeen, he believes it’s normal for minors to arm themselves with deadly assault weapons, insert themselves into a public event, be intimidated by people who are unsettled by their presence and then shoot to kill if he feels threatened.  And so did the court.
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> What the Kenosha, Wisconsin, court did was to legitimize the right of everyone, including minors, to possess deadly, assault weapons and go anywhere if you feel compelled to do so…to church…to McDonald’s…to the Mall…to a sporting event…to protest rallies.
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> Everyone can arm themselves…everyone…not just Rottenhouse.
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> Imagine if every Kenosha protest marcher was carrying a loaded assault rifle; legally or not.  The court said it’s OK.
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> This is not only a sight to behold, but a sight to be damned.
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> Millions of Americans vehemently disagree with me and, instead, advocate for “Rottenhouse Law.”
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> Our new image to the world:
> AMERICA.
> ARMED AND DANGEROUS.
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