S01E18 – Should Kyle Rittenhouse have been convicted?

In this episode of Finding Common Battle Grounds, we discuss the exoneration of Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin over the killing of two individuals and the shooting of a third. In what may seem like a surprise to some listeners, Josh and Ryan (and Tom) agree that Rittenhouse should have been exonerated given the details of the case and the statutes involved. Josh sees this as more black and white than Ryan does, but they both agree. Josh pushes Ryan to admit that this case was framed by the left as about race, which Ryan agrees to begrudgingly as he doesn’t see that it really related to race. Ryan gets Josh to agree that carrying around an assault rifle with the intent of intimidating others is in poor taste, though not illegal. Finally, Tom makes the point that the left needs to recognize that violence happens, which Ryan argues is the big fear of the left – that this will embolden those who want to engage in violence.

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