As an interested observer of our national landscape I can’t help but notice that we appear to be separating into armed camps – along the lines of the “bikers” and “tough people” the person in the White House claimed were on his side.
Today a 17-year-old carrying an assault rifle in the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin like a soldier patrolling the streets of Kabul was charged with shooting and killing at least two people and wounding a third during protests marking another police shooting of an unarmed black man in that city the day before.
The alleged shooter said he was a member of Blue Lives Matter and that he supported local police. He was pictured walking the streets of Kenosha wearing gloves with his rifle slung – his weapon similar if not identical to one pictured on his hastily removed Facebook page. He fled the state after the shootings.
Interviewed by a local reporter before the shooting Kyle Rittenhouse said: “So people are getting injured and our job is to protect this business. And part of my job is to also help people. If there is somebody hurt I’m running into harms way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself obviously. I also have my med kit.”
Video of the night’s protests show Rittenhouse and other armed people interacting with police – one officer opening the hatch of an armored car to throw the armed men bottles of water while another says: “We appreciate you” over the PA system while ordering protestors out of the area.
Perhaps this is what the nation is becoming? Those with guns and those without? Those who support police and politicians and those who question those institutions? Who could have imagined this scenario, that we would end up in this place? Not me. Not in a hundred years.
But our leader apparently did.
“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
Martin Critchfield/ Concord