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By Dan Carlson
Prairie Ponderings 

Perspectives on Personal Protection


December 1, 2021

The recent trial of Kyle Rittenhouse dominated the national news cycle. As usual, the event became highly politicized. I followed the trial closely as I carry a firearm, and was concerned the Rittenhouse verdict might impact Second Amendment rights. In the end, the jury acquitted Rittenhouse of wrongdoing, but that doesn’t mean the young man didn’t do anything wrong.

By “wrong” I mean error in judgement. Having been a concealed carrier of firearms most of my adult life, I understand that situational awareness is paramount in self-defense. My training tells me not to knowingly insert...

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