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By Kent McManigal
Local columnist 

Opinion: Good jury makes the right choice

 

Last updated 11/23/2021 at 5:03pm



The Kyle Rittenhouse trial may have served as a canary in the coal mine. That’s how I saw it.

Government doesn’t respect your right of self-defense and would prefer you die at the hands of attackers. Fortunately, the jury saw through the malicious prosecution.

Unfortunately, much of the public believed the lies spun by the national media corporations to advance their anti-gun, anti-defense agenda. Rittenhouse was even called a “white supremacist” and his attackers were called “his victims.”

Rittenhouse was persecuted for doing something everyone has a natural right to do. Even the attacker who testified admits he wasn’t shot until he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse. It would have been irresponsible of Rittenhouse to allow himself to be shot.

The trial, if legitimate, would have been thrown out immediately with this admission. It wasn’t.

Some excuse his attackers because Rittenhouse had a gun. So did the attacker who survived. Holding a gun is no excuse for anyone to attack you, physically or politically. Guns aren’t the only tools that can kill; so can skateboards and fists.

The ridiculous prosecution even argued that someone has no right to claim self-defense if they have a gun.

To claim you lose the right to claim self-defense if you are armed with a gun is not rational, but political. First of all, rights can’t be “lost.” Second, who claims you’ve done something wrong by being prepared for an emergency?

It would be the same if the roles were reversed and Rittenhouse had been the one to point his gun at an innocent person and be shot because of it.

To charge him with a crime and force him to defend himself from government was itself a criminal act. The dishonesty of the prosecution was astounding. The prosecutor in this case is as much a criminal thug as those Rittenhouse shot in self-defense. He had no case to stand on.

Kyle Rittenhouse was a political prisoner and is owed restitution by those who kept this farce going. Individually from their personal bank accounts and from selling their property, not from tax funds. The prosecutor -- and others -- should be destitute after committing this crime against Rittenhouse. Proper restitution would make Rittenhouse nearly as rich as Elon Musk.

I don’t believe the government court system is legitimate. I have no respect for it whatsoever. I’m still relieved it sometimes, thanks to a good jury, stumbles across the right decision.

Farwell’s Kent McManigal champions liberty. Contact him at:

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