Analysis: Rittenhouse is the latest symbol of a nation divided by guns, crime and protests
Gun control groups and civil rights activists have warned that the outcome of the incident could spark an outbreak of vigilism – about Americans deciding to take the vision of justice into their own hands, and exercise their will with a gun in a way that can be let loose. anarchy and threatened First Amendment rights to protest. And a number of prominent African-American leaders have questioned whether a Black defendant wearing a Rittenhouse shirt would receive the same treatment or would live even a day in court after a history of police shootings of black people. .
The case provides immediate testing for O’Rourke on firearms
The new campaign of O’Rourke, who hit three points after defeating GOP Senator Ted Cruz in 2018 and running an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, will always sparking a new conflict over gun control.
“Yes, I still hold this position,” O’Rourke told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, trying to turn the conversation into his statement that the law does not allow carry-on due to Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s signature will cost the lives of state police officers. more dangerous. O’Rourke’s position draws him into a head-to-head confrontation with the GOP incumbent, who has presided over the relaxation of restrictions on firearms in an already very pro-gun situation. Rittenhouse’s ruling, however, quickly came into effect over O’Rourke’s position just days after he announced his candidacy for the governor’s mansion.
“This whole tragedy makes it impossible for our fellow Americans to possess and use weapons that are designed for use on the battlefield,” he said. “That AR-15, that AK-47 has only one purpose, and that is to kill people efficiently, effectively, in as many numbers as possible, in the shortest time possible. We are. We saw it in El Paso, Texas, where 23 people were killed by someone with an AK-47 in a matter of minutes. This is crazy.”
“Justice was done … and the jury system worked,” Christie said on Fox News Sunday. “I think those leftists are just trying to keep tearing up our country for political gain. Anyone who has watched the video about this can tell that this is an act of self-defense. Anyone who knows the law knows it,” Christie said.
The former New Jersey governor said he hopes Rittenhouse can move on and live his life and “not become a political icon for anyone.”