Well, that’s troubling.
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who killed two protesters and was charged with murder following protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, used his coronavirus stimulus money to buy the AR-15 he used in the shootings.
Since Mr. Rittenhouse was too young to purchase a gun under Wisconsin’s state law, the teen – who worshipped law enforcement figures on his social media pages – decided to skirt the law and purchase one from his friend.
Mr. Rittenhouse admitted to The Washington Post that he bought the gun from his friend, Dominick Black, using the $1,200 stimulus check granted by the CARES Act.
“I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus Illinois unemployment ’cause I was on furlough from YMCA and I got my first unemployment check so I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll use this to buy it,’” he said.
Mr. Black is facing two felony charges for intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to a minor resulting in death. The 18-year-old said he planned to transfer ownership of the rifle to Mr. Rittenhouse once he turned 18.
Mr. Rittenhouse claims he shot and killed two protesters in self-defense. He has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
I have a lot of feelings about this.
The first of course is that it is ridiculous that civilians even have access to this kind of weaponry.
The second is that there should have been a few more checks and balances on who received that stimulus money and who did not need it.
And my third and final thought is that all of this could have been avoided if American males were not constantly told that having a weapon would make them a real man, or that having one in their possession suddenly elevated them to the level of law enforcement professional.
We already have enough real police killers, without inviting amateurs to join the slaughter.