I sit and shake my head. As a parent would I drive my child 50 kilometres across state lines into a known riot zone? Would I allow him to be armed in such a tense situation? Would I knowingly allow him to break the law? (It is illegal for people under the age of 18 to open carry weapons in Wisconsin). The answer is most assuredly no. But here, the mother not only gave permission but drove the get away car. With that decision, two men are dead and her 17 year old might face years in jail.
I do struggle with much of this. Why Wisconsin is an open carry state bothers me? Do I really need an AR 15 when I shop in Co-op? Do I need to demonstrate that I am packing when I go to church? No, no, no. I wonder why we as a society aren't dealing with the underlying issues which have led to this season of protest and violence. I don't agree on cutting the budgets of some agencies and giving more to other agencies. Rather, I think we need to realize that we need to fund more fully social workers, social service agencies, community development agencies, addiction services, police, health care services, and other agencies which help people. We may need to pay more taxes to help the common good. And I think we need to show people that hate is never a good thing. Violence is never a good thing. Once everyone stops pointing fingers at the other in anger, and begins reaching out (although maintaining 2 metres of safe social distancing) in love, these problems will fade away. May the misjudgment of Kyle's parents, in allowing their child to march like a video game soldier of fortune, be a catalyst for love not hate. Blessings.