I'm exasperated almost beyond measure at the seeming inability of some people to recognize that we're operating in a different environment right now, as far as the justice system is concerned. With demonstrations, protests and riots breaking out in almost all American cities, law-abiding, upright citizens cannot - dare not - assume any longer that the justice system will recognize them for what they are, and respect their rights, and work to uphold them. Instead, in far too many jurisdictions in these United States, the justice system has been corrupted. It's become biased and politically correct. It now works to uphold what politicians and pressure groups dictate, not what law and common sense mandate.
I've provided many examples in previous articles, most recently yesterday. I was startled to read comments from some readers of that article protesting their right to act in self-defense, as if nothing had changed in the past year or two. Folks, things have changed. We may still be living under the same laws, but they're no longer being even-handedly applied. We're no longer operating in the same legal environment. Forces on the left are openly campaigning to elect "progressive" prosecutors and District Attorneys, and pouring massive amounts of money into their campaigns. Thanks to widespread voter apathy and the support of mainstream news media, they've succeeded in doing so in several major cities. Even in Texas, where the laws are very much in favor of law-abiding individuals, there are now prosecutors who openly state that they won't charge certain categories of "politically correct" offender. They're also trying to put legal roadblocks in the way of citizens who defend themselves in accordance with the law. In so many words, they're looking to make examples of the latter in an attempt to put pressure on others, to stop them exercising their legal rights. Prosecution has been politicized.
If you haven't read these articles yet, please do so (in the order shown) before continuing. They provide essential background information.
- Self-defense under a justice system that's no longer on your side
- No, I wasn't being alarmist - rather, I wasn't alarmist enough
- A protest in Milwaukee leads to a very dangerous situation
In so many words, extremists on the left of US politics are trying to use current self-defense cases to fundamentally change US laws and how they're interpreted in our judicial system. Archimedes famously said, "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." The Rittenhouse affair, the McCloskey case (in which prosecutorial bias is also clearly evident), the Zimmerman trial, and others like them are the fulcrums; pressure from the progressive left, exercised through street demonstrations and protests, are the lever. Politicians are taking note, and responding accordingly - to our detriment as law-abiding citizens.
There's yet another case making headlines right now. It demonstrates my point yet again. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
A Nebraska bar owner that killed a rioter has been charged with “terrorism” and “manslaughter” by a District Attorney who initially admitted it was blatant self defense.
The DA has also admitted that they were “pressured” by local activists and politicians to bring the charges.
There's more at the link.
Herschel Smith offers this blunt, uncompromising warning.
War has been declared on you, your family, and your possessions. You’ve seen enough instances like this to know how it’s going to go down.
You behave according to traditional Western and Biblical jurisprudence, and then the unthinkable happens.
You’ve been baited into a response. Every action has been videoed. A prosecutor charges you with some crime, or even decides not to.
The family of the one who has been shot gets on local television and cries and talks about what a “good boy” he was, and how he had such a bright future, complete with smiling pictures of the boy and local pastors talking about volunteer work he did. It will all be covered by local talking heads in suits and pretty dresses, who look sad while listening, and show the utmost unction during the interviews.
Local politicians, who want to get reelected and need all the votes they can muster, pressure prosecutors. The prosecutor changes his or her mind and convenes a “Grand Jury.”
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You get convicted, or even if you don’t, you spend your life savings and go bankrupt defending yourself.
This all happens if you use traditional TTPs [Tactics, Techniques and Procedures] to defend yourself and your family, even attempting to warn rioters with warning shots because you don’t really want to harm anyone, under the assumption that America is still a civilized and just society, not at war with itself.
Again, more at the link.
Friends, I'm astonished to still read comments such as some of those made yesterday. Where do I find words sufficiently convincing to show that what we've taken as a given for so long - our lawful, legitimate right to defend ourselves - is no longer something we can take for granted? Some people just don't seem to get it. The forces of left-wing progressive politics have infiltrated our legal and prosecutorial system, and are seeking to weaponize it against us. That's the hard, raw, inescapable reality of our situation right now.
Go read what I said earlier about defending yourself against such a system. If you live in a jurisdiction where the progressive left is in control, you're in enemy territory. You cannot take your basic rights for granted any longer. Political correctness can and will be weaponized against you. Therefore, if you need to defend yourself or your loved ones or your property, you have to take that reality into account, and plan and act accordingly.
- If possible, be somewhere else rather than do that.
- If that isn't possible, act as discreetly, circumspectly and clandestinely as possible, and - no matter how legal or justified your actions - don't trust the law to be on your side.