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Opinion: What Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting suspect needs
Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, with another armed civilian. Prosecutors on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 charged Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Illinois in the fatal shooting of two protesters and the wounding of a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake. Photo by Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via The Associated Press.

Some judge needs to give the Kenosha shooter a speech — a tough love speech about the realities of buying and owning a gun: 

I see you’re pleading self-defense. As a human being, I reject that. 

You put yourself into peril the moment you picked up your gun, left your hometown, crossed a state line and traveled into a distant city. 

You knew no one there who lived in immediate jeopardy. No police force, law enforcement, or National Guard had failed to protect human lives. 

You strapped your gun to your body and carried your gun at the ready. Loaded. Exposed. Finger on the trigger guard. 

You imperiled yourself without cause or justification or authority. You were as much a killer on the loose as you were a human hunting another human. But, you were not defending yourself or your property. 

No, young man, as a human, I will never accept your willful actions and conscious behavior as self-defense. 

As a judge, I carry a social and legal obligation to protect your right to a trial and your right to mount any defense. 

The court accepts this plea of “self-defense.” 

The case will go forward and jury will hear your case. May they have mercy for those you’ve killed or maimed before having mercy on you. 

Michael Parker 

Flowery Branch

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