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NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Don’t take your guns to town, son

Your opinion of Kyle Rittenhouse is probably wrong, judging by the commentary on television, in print, and on social media. The 17-year-old charged with two homicides in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was not a hero vigilante, nor was he a predatory white supremacist. He was, the evidence suggests, a foolish boy whose foolish decisions have taken two lives and ruined his own. If you go armed with a rifle to police a violent protest, you are behaving recklessly. The bad consequences stemming from that decision are at least partly your fault. In life, there are horrible situations in which there are no good decisions or where it is extremely easy to make the wrong decision. So when we can avoid these horrible situations, we ought to. Josh Barro put it well: That doesn’t necessarily make him guilty of a specific criminal charge but it does make him morally culpable. This also applies to whoever shot that guy in Portland. Heading into a situation of violent unrest with a gun when you could have stayed home is immoral, in part because you raise the risk you will feel compelled to act violently in self defense.  [full article]

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