No Defense

I’m not mentioning the name of the person who killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. He needs to be locked up and his name should be “inmate.” For this post, he is “the killer.”

This case is going to be important, as the actions of the killer are being taken by many as inspiration—or even license—to murder BLM members, protesters, and anyone who disagrees with Tяump.

There are already many who are crying “self-defense!” but there is no self-defense case here. The defense will definitely try to argue points such as the defendant’s age relative to gun ownership, whether he already had the gun or not when he crossed state lines, and whether or not he perceived an ongoing threat after a plastic bag was thrown at him and the person who threw it was fleeing when shot. Each of these arguments has within it the potential to cast reasonable doubt upon the charges, but they will be brought up to obscure the underlying truths: The killer had the motive to kill (intense hatred for anyone who goes against police), he had the means, and he had the opportunity in the form of first a plastic bag, and then people trying to disarm him.

“Protecting property” with the iconic weapon of many a mass-murderer is not a strong defense. Source unknown

The killer’s background hurts any defense that he was a good citizen who went to Kenosha to “protect property.” In addition to his far-right views he’s posted on social media, days before he murdered two men, he and a friend (likely the same friend, Dominic, whom he called seconds after shooting his first victim) brutally assaulted a teenage girl.

The killer is in the black hoodie; the female victim is wearing dark red pants and is being assaulted by three males. Source: Reddit

Is the killer a product of horrible parenting? Probably. Was he in over his head? Definitely. But you know what? Tough shit. He went to Kenosha with a weapon of war—a weapon designed to kill human beings quickly and efficiently. He went with his rage issues. He went to confront people who were protesting police violence as an advocate of those police. He made premeditated choice after premeditated choice, and when that split decision came whether to kill or not, he chose to kill. It was murder, without a reasonable doubt.

When anyone speaks up for this murderer, every bit of truth offered to counter that defense will help to keep people like this killer from emulating him.

The Gun God

A gun is designed and intended for one purpose: Killing. It has no other uses, unless you’re Homer Simpson.

And it allows the user to do so with minimal effort and consideration—and from varying distances.

The accuracy depends on user skill, but also a great number of other factors. Unlike a knife, which must be used at close range to the target, a gun can be fired at the target from a distance and if is misses—or even if the bullet hits the target—it can also potentially hit others who are not the intended target.

A bullet is far more likely to kill than a knife.

Some legal firearms can be used to kill multiple targets from long-range with minimal effort put into aiming (see Las Vegas).

THEREFORE

There are only two legitimate reasons to own a gun: Sport and defense of livestock from animal predators. Any other reason—when you eliminate all false claims and statistics by gun advocates—is far, FAR outweighed by the risks to human life.

Banning guns except for the two reasons mentioned above, regulating for those two reasons, and eliminating political influence of the industry on government would save tens of thousands of lives every year.

It’s the biggest no-brainer of any issue in the US, yet we let the greed of the industry and the fear of some of our citizens hold everyone hostage.

Illustration by Tasuki Fujimoto