Only in Wisconsin can such a miscarriage of justice occur. Let’s look at the charges and verdicts:
COUNT 1: FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESS HOMICIDE, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON
COUNT 2: FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING SAFETY, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON
COUNT 3: FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING SAFETY, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON
COUNT 4: FIRST-DEGREE INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON
COUNT 5: ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON
COUNT 6: POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON BY A PERSON UNDER 18
COUNT 7: FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AN EMERGENCY ORDER FROM STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT
I speak for no one but myself here, and I am appalled that this individual got away with murder. Why was 17-year-old there with an AR 15 style assault weapon? Had he stayed home, two people would be alive today. Their lives mattered, and a child took it from them. No one is held responsible for their death, and to blame them for it for going after an active shooter is atrocious, and the people who defend them are lacking in compassion and empathy.
This became a right-wing, Second Amendment case, when it should have been a murder/self defense case. One must remember that when this Amendment was written, there were no assault rifles. Would the founding fathers have written such a law if today’s weapons were available? I think not. Why has it not been ‘amended?’ Research the NRA and campaign contributions.
I cannot wait for the lawsuits to follow. A guilty verdict in this trial required proof beyond a reasonable doubt, while a civil trial only requires a preponderance of evidence, which means a greater than 50% chance that the claim is true.
Please tell me what you think. Keep in mind, I will not accept comments that include divisive language or ad hominem attacks.