Oh one more question @Machiavellian
Actually, I am not that concerned about Ritterhouse in general at all. If you really want to know my stance on the situation, is that there was a lot of poor judgement going on all around. Chasing someone with a gun. Grabbing the gun barrel, hitting and stomping on someone with a gun are all cases where Ritterhouse with a gun was put in a situation where he would definitely use it. Was he wrong for shooting those people, no because when you have that adrenaline pumping in your body, and you have a means to fight you are going to use it. Only people who ever been in that situation knows that feeling, the fight or flight and its as powerful a drug pumping in your veins as pure coke. Those people unfortunately put themselves in great risk and lost their lives and as tragic a situation as it was, it really was very poor judgement.
With that said, I believe Ritterhouse actions also set the stage for what happen. When he was first confronted by the person he shot, he should have left the scene. The reason why is because if someone says they are going to come and kill you, you have 2 options, leave the scene, alert the police to handle the situation or continue to go forward. He choose to go forward because he trusted his gun. He was not trusting his gun for defense, he was trusting it for offense. Let them come, I will show them etc. This mentality could have resulted in him getting killed and we would be complaining about the person who killed him whether they were in the right since he was openly caring his gun. The gun gives the false sense of protection but only if everyone else is not armed. Ritterhouse was not as cold of a killer as to the people who he could have run up on because he would have shot way sooner before they closed on him. He got very luck this time.
Now some will say that is the wrong way to think that Ritterhouse was in the right to continue but those people only look at the event on the positive for Ritterhouse which is he is the killer. Throughout my years, I just know that the opposite would be that a 17 year old kid is laying dead in the streets because he wanted to play hero. Not for protecting his family or community like the GOP want to spin it but because he did not fully understand the consequences of his actions and the fact his life could have ended just as fast as the people he shot.
My larger concern is that we should have better laws on engagement if everyone has a right to carry. There needs to be clear laws concerning each type of weapon how you can approach any scene and that its not your right to engage but seek Police help first before coming into contact with others. Its already bad enough we have police whos only solution is to kill on sight but if we now encourage the public, well, this is only going to promote blood baths where everyone will feel that they need to be armed just to walk down the street and the simple contact with another armed person would be to shoot first. Hell they do not even have to be armed these days, you can just say, I thought they had a gun which is what most do today already.