No, not fiction. Not a hallucination, either, nor a snarky description of the ‘sentence’ he ‘passed’ on his – regardless of the deeply racist judge’s preferences – victims. Rather, a prediction: barring a miracle of maturity, Kyle Rittenhouse has been sentenced to a violent death.
The uncontested facts are these: Kyle Rittenhouse, at age 17, brought a rifle designed entirely for killing humans to a protest he knew would be heated. There, he killed two people and wounded a third. This action has now been deemed lawful, and there will be no government-sanctioned consequences for him to face.
He’s a kid. He’s a kid with terrible judgement, and evidently a strong willingness to imagine himself as the Good Guy With A Gun hero figure. He’s also definitely a kid who had a firm belief in his own immunity from consequences, because while the trial was ongoing, he went to a bar with his Proud Boys buddies and flashed white power symbols. That feeling of immunity has been seriously confirmed, in a verdict that is going to have far-reaching consequences on the definition of self defense in the state of Wisconsin. In the eyes of his white supremacist friends, and 1/3 of the USA, he’s been confirmed to be the hero, the Good Guy With A Gun forming the thin white line between good honest commerce and horrible uppity lefties.
So… what do you think is going to happen the next time there’s a civil rights protest anywhere near him?
I’ll lay good money he’ll be locking and loading and rolling out. This is who he is now. He’s the hero! The Main Character! He’s the one who can blow away the Bad Guys and not even spend a minute in prison. Like John McClane! It works for the guys in the movies! And it’s fun!
What do you suppose will happen then, though? If he is very very lucky, nothing. But if he’s not very very lucky…
He’s infamous now. There won’t be a single left-leaning pro-social-justice activist in the country who does not know who Kyle Rittenhouse is, nor that what he’s known for is killing them, while the police and the justice system pointedly look the other way. This whole debacle started because he chose to be in a situation where he was rightly viewed as a threat. Now he’s a much bigger threat, a known killer who cannot be brought down by legal means, and who is specifically known to kill anyone who tries to stop him using non-lethal force.
Which means what, exactly, is going to be the only other option for stopping his next killing spree?