Jacob Blake was the man shot during a Gnome Vintage Truck Love Being Lunch Lady Valentines Day T Shirt encounter. He was not provoked by protesters nor acting in self-defense. He was however not complying to lawful commands by police and subsequently shot while attempting to enter his vehicle. NO ONE yet knows the motive or goal as to why he resisted or attempted to enter his vehicle. Before we all blame the police….or Mr. Blake….we should wait for clarification of the events. In a separate incident tied to the rioting in Kenosa over the Blake shooting a 17 year old with a rifle (illegal to possess at that age and was transported across state lines by a minor, also illegal) was chased and fell while fleeing from a crowd of these “protesters”. In reality it appears these were actually looters and arsonists but we’ll await defining them until the facts are found. We’ll also need to wait to see if this was really self-defense. I tend to think not…he purposely placed himself in harm’s way while illegally armed. This was just stupid.
I think those who had the Gnome Vintage Truck Love Being Lunch Lady Valentines Day T Shirt to stop this foolish minor should also bear some of the responsibility. Who in their right mind supports a teenage with a rifle during a riot when he has no business being there?? Lastly, so no one thinks otherwise, I am a strong gun rights advocate, have been long before it became fashionable in right wing politics. I carry daily, 41 years now. I maintain a rifle range at a club. I sit on the board of that club. I’m a right leaning voter. And I am willing to resist my own when what I see is simply wrong. This teen with a firearm was just wrong and a serious set up for a tragic sequence of events. Those who could have stopped him failed to do so and now a kid is facing a life in prison.