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The Left’s Crusade to Criminalize Self-Defense

AMAC Exclusive – By B.C. Brutus

Jurors found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty in shootings that took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mr. Rittenhouse, age 18, was on trial for fatally shooting two and wounding a third during a protest on August 25, 2020.

The shocking murder conviction of Army Sgt. Daniel Perry earlier this month in the 2020 death of a protestor who allegedly aggressively approached Perry with an AK-47 and pointed it at him has once again highlighted the grotesque perversion of the law advanced by Democrat officials and liberal activists. Under the left’s vision of so-called “criminal justice reform,” not only do violent criminals walk free, law-abiding citizens face prosecution and imprisonment for engaging in legitimate self-defense.

As video of the deadly encounter shows, on the night of July 25, 2020, Perry was working as a ride-share driver in Austin, Texas, when his car was mobbed and surrounded by protestors. One of them, a man named Garret Foster, was carrying an AK-47 and approached Perry’s vehicle.

According to Perry, Foster pointed the weapon at him inside his car. Perry responded by pulling his handgun and shooting Foster, killing him.

However, instead of treating the case as a clear-cut instance of self-defense, Jose Garza, Travis County’s far-left prosecutor who received $650,000 from liberal billionaire George Soros during his most recent re-election bid, charged Perry with murder.

A jury selected from heavily liberal Austin found Perry guilty of that charge after a controversial trial which saw prosecutors use statements Perry made on social media that were critical of the Black Lives Matter organization as evidence against him. Defense lawyers for Perry also said they were denied permission to include evidence showing Foster instigating several other similar confrontations with drivers, and have filed a motion for a new trial.

If the conviction holds, Perry faces life in prison. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said that he plans to pardon Perry, but he will first have to wait for a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles – something which the governor has requested the board immediately expedite.

In other states without Republican governors, however, victims who exercise their right to self-defense often have little recourse.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has become a national figure following his transparently partisan indictment of former President Donald Trump, has been particularly hostile toward New Yorkers who defend themselves against brazen acts of violence.

Just days after the Trump indictment, Bragg’s office advised police to charge parking garage attendant Moussa Diarra with attempted murder after Diarra wrestled a gun away from an assailant and shot him in the chest. According to reports of the altercation, the assailant, 59-year-old Charles Rhodie, who has at least 20 prior arrests, shot Diarra twice before Diarria turned Rhodie’s gun on him.

Last July, Bragg also charged bodega worker Jose Alba with murder after Alba used a knife to fend off Austin Simon, a violent felon who attacked him in his store. Video shows Simon storming behind the counter and shoving Alba into shelves before Alba grabs a box-cutting knife, fatally stabbing Simon.

Instead of recognizing Alba as a victim, Bragg’s office charged him with second-degree murder and requested a $250,000 bond which Alba was unable to pay, leaving him stuck behind bars. Outraged New Yorkers were quick to point out that Bragg’s office is notorious for freeing actual violent criminals on no bail, yet was now holding a man at Rikers Island for defending himself against an obvious life-threatening attack.

Amid mounting public pressure, Bragg ultimately dropped charges against both men.

In other cases, however, Americans have been forced to endure lengthy and costly court trials for defending themselves and their property.

One of the most high-profile incidents in recent years involved Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who stood on their porch with firearms in June of 2020 as angry mobs of protestors marched through their neighborhood. As the mob began shouting threats at the McCloskey’s and encroaching on their property, the couple feared for their lives and trained their guns on the crowd.

Although neither fired a single shot, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner – another Soros-backed DA – filed charges against the couple, resulting in them pleading guilty to misdemeanor offenses. Missouri Governor Mike Parson pardoned the couple, but the state supreme court suspended their law licenses indefinitely and placed them on probation.

A few months after the McCloskey incident, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shot three men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid rioting that destroyed dozens of businesses and buildings. As court documents show, one of the men chased Rittenhouse through a parking lot and grabbed the barrel of Rittenhouse’s rifle before Rittenhouse fired, fatally wounding him. Rittenhouse then fatally shot a second man who struck him with a skateboard and injured a third who pointed a handgun at him.

Kenosha DA Michael Graveley, who reportedly has close ties to BLM activists, brought 18 charges, including homicide, against Rittenhouse in a trial that captivated the country for more than three weeks. Ultimately, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts.

The reaction to Rittenhouse’s acquittal demonstrated better than perhaps any other case in recent years just how hostile the entire liberal establishment – not just left-wing prosecutors – has become to the basic right to self-defense. President Joe Biden baselessly smeared Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist,” while the then-New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fumed that the case was a “miscarriage of justice.” Other elected Democrats called Rittenhouse a “murderer.”

In the left’s “reimagining” of the justice system, it seems, self-defense has become a high crime, while many actual crimes go unpunished. In this upside-down world, victims become criminals and criminals become victims – and the whole country suffers as a result.

B.C. Brutus is the pen name of a writer with previous experience in the legislative and executive branches.

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Theresa Coughlin
1 month ago

not only has the liberal establishment become hostile to the natural, fundamental right of self-defense, but they are doing their darndest to MAKE IT ILLEGAL.

1 month ago

We should pass a law, that any prosecutor who charges a victim with any felony when acting in self defense according to the Bill of Rights to be charges with Civil Rights violation and the revocation of any Government Indemnity from litigation.

1 month ago

that would make it “open season” on everyone including themselves

1 month ago

The gun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable when it arrived at the St. Louis police crime lab, but a member of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble it and wrote that it was “readily capable of lethal use” in charging documents. In Missouri, police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime with which the McCloskeys have been charged. Patricia McCloskey and her husband, Mark McCloskey, have said the handgun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable because they had used it as a prop during a lawsuit they once filed against a gun manufacturer. In order to bring it into a courtroom, they made it inoperable.

1 month ago

I have 5 shotguns all loaded and a pit bull who never sleeps. We’re waiting..

James H
1 month ago

The greatest weapon we have is prayer!! The prayers of a righteous person are powerful and affective! “It is not by power, it is not by might, but it is by the Spirit of the Lord.” We must not drop down to their level. They are trying to pick a fight so they can declare martial law and suspend the Constitution. They would be able to seize complete power and law abiding, American citizens will become “criminals”. Let’s ask God to bring Heaven’s armies against these Satan strongholds! God says if we wait patiently for him he will shatter their strength, break their bows and cause their swords to pierce their own hearts! Be encouraged. God is still on His throne and he says he will destroy the wicked!

1 month ago

The left have become the extremist , looking to make anyone that isn’t part of their ideology is attacked, better start pushing back or there will be nothing left of this country as they will force everyone into their ideology or be prosecuted.

1 month ago

I am disgusted by the Left and their use of the Law for their stupid political agendas. These DAs who misuse the law should face charges. Until that happens they will keep violating the spirit of the law and will bend the law for their corrupt political agendas. I grieve for the USA and how the Left is trying to destroy her moral foundation and values.

1 month ago

It’s time to go to all war against Soros & all the leftists.
It’s definitely time for a civil war against this evil in America or all will be lost in the coming months

1 month ago

I whole heartedly agree.

1 month ago

Unfortunately this is true, the straw that broke the camels back has been placed.
Stand United fall divided. That’s where we are.
While we fight against each other , then attacks from abroad most likely will begin

Robert Chase
1 month ago

Never telegraph your punches.

Beagle Bot
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert Chase

Agree. Too many keyboard warriors, from both sides, talk big behind the anonymity of undefined ID handles. When the SHTF their the first to crawl under their rocks. That leaves the coming conflict up to the remaining few, many who have served and believe in the Constitution, will do what needs to be done…..Quietly, Efficiently and with Absolute Prejudice. Some from the other side may fight back but we’ll weather that storm when it comes. Most of the Far Left Progressives will just throw their Bongs or swing their Purses. I really don’t expect much from Sheeple that collapse when they’re called a Pronoun they don’t identify as. It’s a Clown World we live in.

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Stephen Russell
1 month ago

NO sorry No way
Magnum time
Like 44 Model 29

1 month ago

“(wannabe) Dictators since the dawn of time have been sensitive to arms in the hands of the people.” More Americans must wake up to what the ultimate end will be unless there is a concentrated mass effort to stop this growing by the day, gun grab. The left is bleeding from the eyes to rule and control this nation…it is literally the last hold out, save Israel and maybe one other nation, to have it’s independence. An armed society is a threat to the so-called ‘new world order’ spoken of so “lovingly” by George Bush Sr. during his presidential acceptance speech. I watched that speech.
This is NOT and never has been about “safety of the people”. It is about ruling the people and in order to do so, as dictator nations have done for centuries, the people must have NO means of protecting themselves and families against regimes.
Is it not growing more ominous the almost daily mass murders of citizens? Has it not been so obvious that maybe so many deny it, the attacks on our Second Amendment RIGHT since this leftist regime took the White House? Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are an anathema to their blood lust to control this nation.

Beagle Boy
1 month ago
Reply to  Denise

I’m old and as a Combat Veteran I have no fear of dying in my bed or on a battlefield. Knowing I Honored my God and fought for my fellow citizens Constitutional Liberties is enough. My concern is for the World my grandchildren may be forced to live in. I’ve stood in the Gap between Freedom and Tyranny in a far off land so I will gladly do the same in my own land. Ronald Regan said “Freedom is a fragile thing and is no more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must fought for and defend constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known Freedom, and lost it, have never known it again”. I will stand in the Gap with you.

John Bass
1 month ago

Dr. Zorro, how can I say this…YES, they have been from day one.

1 month ago

Think of what dilbert said and act on it if possible if in an infested area. Self defense in a blue city is classic lose-lose. You lose if you’re injured or killed. You lose if your defense is successful with jail a strong possibility. Bankruptcy is another.

1 month ago
Reply to  Morbious

You’re not wrong. The mentality of the Democrat Party is the criminal is their friend. They keep the public frightened, which plays into the Democrat call for constantly bigger, more expensive government that never quite seems to be able to fix anything related to crime.

If you defend yourself in a Democrat controlled town, city or state, you face multiple charges not only from the government, but even the criminal afterwards. If he lives. So they route to personal bankruptcy is covered from all angles, as well as the potential for substantial prison time. Of course, if you don’t resist and end up seriously injured or dead, the Democrats really don’t care one way or another. There’s always someone else they can raise taxes on to make up for whatever you’re no longer able to pay from the grave.

Of course, all the Democrats running around ranting about crime and the need to confiscate all the guns from legal gun owners aren’t concerned about themselves. The taxpayer funded, armed security that travels with most of these people everywhere is more than enough to take down any threat a single criminal or even a small group of armed gang members could muster.

Michael Lewis
1 month ago

I asked both Obama and Biden to lead by example and disarm their secret service details. Obviously neither took the request seriously. That shows their disdain for the lives of us commoner smucks! Vote the elitist out of office. Nuff said.

Patriot Will
1 month ago

Never in a million years did I even dream of living in a country where innocent victims of violent attacks are being arrested, even thrown in prison, because they dared to defend themselves from serious physical harm and even death. This total lack of respect for good people who follow the law is disgusting and evil. It’s as if the criminals are the heroes and the people defending themselves are the criminals. The district attorneys who follow such practices should be thrown out of their positions and left to rot in jail. They are totally destroying our civil liberties, and encouraging needless suffering and senseless. cold-blooded murder. District attorneys who protect the violent killers, and prosecute the people who are protecting themselves from horrible physical assaults, are hardcore gangsters. They are among the lowest of low.

1 month ago

being able to defend yourself is a god given right and I will defend myself and my family to the death.

John Bass
1 month ago

This is right out of the Marxist handbook. Create fear, havoc and complete hopelessness, then pick up the pieces and take control. The Communist Democrats know exactly what their doing. In the mean time the Republicans are still playing by the rules, and the American public suffers.

Lieutenant Beale
1 month ago
Reply to  John Bass

John, I agree, but you lost me at the “Republicans are still playing by the rules”
The problem is the Republicans are doing nothing (or very little)

John Bass
1 month ago

My apologies Lieutenant Beale, you are absolutely correct. I would have been better off stating the Republicans have yet to take off the gloves or to figure out what the rest of us have known for sometime now.

I watched on Fox News this morning the hearings in NYC on crime. Rep. Jim Jordan gave a very eloquent and stirring speech on the issue and why it’s happening, but then as etiquette requires, gave the chair to Democrats where they proceeded to trashed and blame him, the Republican party, Trump and the American public for all the crime. Rep. Jordan and the rest of the Republicans just sat there and didn’t give a rebuttal afterwards…I’m beginning to believe the majority of them, Republicans, are complicit actors in this fraud or just plain clueless.

God save our Republic.

Nick Patriot
1 month ago
Reply to  John Bass

I’ve been saying that on this forum for a long time The GOP are essentially worthless. There’s no fight in them. When will people wake up?

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