While looking at what happened with Kyle Rittenhouse last week, many are taking issue with one particular victim. In particular, the individual with the skateboard.
Now, the video makes it clear that skater-boy hit Rittenhouse with his skateboard. I don’t think there’s anyone who can dispute that fact.
However, many have made the claim on social media that hitting someone with a skateboard doesn’t constitute an attack with a deadly weapon. They argue that a skateboard wouldn’t leave more than a bump on the head.
Well, those people are idiots.
Here’s a case from 2015.
A man was killed after being hit in the head with a skateboard in an act of self-defense during a fight in a Santa Ana Starbucks.
Around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, a fight broke out between two men in the 3300 block of South Bristol Street. Authorities received calls regarding an assault with a deadly weapon inside the Starbucks.
Now, if you can hit someone in the head with a skateboard and kill them in self-defense, it only stands to reason you can kill someone with a skateboard offensively as well.
Honestly, anyone who tries to claim the skateboard doesn’t count as a deadly weapon is either a complete moron or they’re lying. It’s one or the other.
A skateboard has a wooden deck with wheels attached. Those wheels are attached to the deck via metal pieces. In other words, almost every part of the skateboard is very hard, making it a potential bludgeoning weapon. It’s a deadly weapon if used as one.
So now let’s consider Rittenhouse for a moment. A 17-year-old kid running for his life falls. People who are his ideological opposite begin to swarm on him. One swings a skateboard at him, making contact. It had to hurt.
Now, are you going to tell me that you’re not going to be in fear for your life at that point?
Of course you are. Who wouldn’t? You’ve just been struck by a deadly weapon by a person who has chased you, an armed individual, down the street. There’s zero reason to believe at this point that he simply wants to invite you to afternoon tea. No, he wants you dead.
Rittenhouse fires his weapon, hitting skater-boy in the chest. Yes, I know he has a name, I simply don’t care what it is.
Anyway, he hits skater-boy center mass and he leaves the fight, apparently dying moments later. Meanwhile, his champions go on and on about how he was a great guy and Rittenhouse had no cause to shoot him because a skateboard isn’t a deadly weapon.
As we say in 2015, it actually is. In fact, any blunt object can be used to murder someone, so if Rittenhouse doesn’t shoot skater-boy, there’s a very good chance he wouldn’t be looking at a criminal trial. He’d be dead with some violent thug running around the streets of Kenosha with his AR-15, possibly killing more people with it.
If Rittenhouse is justified up until the point the skateboard comes into play–something no one on the left seems interested in agreeing with regardless of the evidence–then he’s justified when the skateboard does start swinging. Plain and simple.
It’s a prime example of “f*** around and find out.”