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Second Amendment Defenders Discuss Rittenhouse Case, Qualified Immunity

Why is the Rittenhouse case getting more attention than Arbery’s?

Founder of True Homestead Eric McDonough and Matt Savoy from the Free Thought Process believe that the Kyle Rittenhouse case has become overly-politicized and people are just trying to push their personal agendas.

“I can't explain why this case has been thrown to the forefront,” Savoy says. “It's one single person yet, it seems like it's society whose trial is taking place right now.”

Savoy thinks that Rittenhouse was just a “dumb kid” who made some mistakes and likely acted in self-defense in two of the shootings.

Savoy said that the issue isn’t carrying a gun, even an AR-15 around, it’s when people put their hands on guns that becomes an issue.

“If somebody was open carrying an AR-15, the problem that arises is when someone puts a gun in their hand,” Savoy says.

Savoy also questioned why the shooting and killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Feb. 2020 isn’t being talked about as much as Rittenhouse’s case.

“We had people like carry out a modern-day lynching. They jumped in a pickup truck and chased this dude down for doing absolutely nothing, for jogging and, maybe, went into a house that was being constructed,” Savoy says. “My wife goes into houses that are being constructed all the time and no one's ever chased her down in a pickup truck and murdered her.”

McDonough agreed with Savoy that Arbery’s case has largely been ignored by the mainstream media and that it was more racially fueled than Rittenhouse’s case.

“The Arbery case actually has tinges of racism, if not outright racism,” McDonough says. “Like [Savoy] said, very clearly, this is a modern-day lynching.”

McDonough also touched on how police, as an institution, have a widespread accountability issue and use qualified immunity to avoid prosecution civilly—adding that the chances of a cop being prosecuted criminally are slim.

McDonough touched on the Graham v. Connor standard regarding the reasonable use of lethal force by an officer.

“I have a right to self-defense. You have a right to self defense. If a police officer feels they're in fear for their life, truly, they should be able to use lethal force. The problem is, only about 1 in 33 cops actually have to ever use their force in their entire career. So, it's not like every cop’s going around has to blast six people every day,” McDonough says.