This looks like the beginning of a civil war.
Is it already too late—that is to say, too late to disarm our concept of social order and, for God’s sake, safety? The American problem of guns is not only that there are so many of them, vastly more than there are people; and that they are deemed, by so many Americans, necessary for survival and empowerment, commanding a reverence in the collective imagination right there alongside the flag and the cross; but also, that they are inextricably linked, in so many ways, with American racism.
And the shooter, who managed to flee—he was arrested the next day in Illinois, but was not stopped by the police in Kenosha—apparently was caught on video “interacting with Kenosha County Sheriff’s officers earlier in the night outside a gas station. In the video, officers can be heard telling an armed group outside the gas station ‘we appreciate you guys,’ and passing out water.”
This is half a civil war. Some of the participants are police and some are vigilantes. They are armed and desperate for enemies.
To the extent the protests stay peaceful, they lose.