Rittenhouse verdict will ’embolden vigilantes,’ anti-gun violence group warns | Monday Coffee

Rittenhouse verdict will ’embolden vigilantes,’ anti-gun violence group warns | Monday Coffee

Kyle Rittenhouse (Getty Images) Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Last week’s not-guilty verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse sends a dangerous message to would-be vigilantes across Pennsylvania: You can shoot to kill with impunity, claim self-defense, and then face zero penalties. That was the message from one of the state’s leading gun-violence reduction advocates, who says he fears that a Wisconsin jury’s decision to find the Illinois teen not guilty of shooting three people, killing two of them, during Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Kenosha, Wisc., last year, will embolden others to take the law into their own hands. “The trial made one thing perfectly clear: Rittenhouse’s military-style rifle and the threatening manner in which he wielded it only served to heighten tensions and invite deadly conflict,” Adam Garber , the executive director of Philadelphia-based CeaseFire Pa. said in a statement. “This dangerous verdict sends a clear message to would-be vigilantes across Pennsylvania: you can insert yourself into dangerous situations, threaten those around you with a lethal weapon, shoot and kill with impunity, and then claim “self-defense” and face zero consequences.” Garber said he was “furious that this morally wrong behavior will now face no consequences. I am fearful vigilantes will be emboldened to threaten the public because they are not likely to face any consequence.” Last week’s verdict, he continued, “undermines every American’s Constitutional right protected by the First Amendment to make their voices heard as they advocate for a better, safer world. It should worry […]

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