Conservative Men Want the Right to Kill Without Consequence

But no one else

Amber Fraley
5 min readMay 24


Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

One good thing to come out of the trump years was the way white conservative privilege was outed beyond any reasonable doubt. During the January 6 insurrection, for example, there’s police radio coverage in which police talk about keeping an eye on armed insurrectionists — but not neutralizing or arresting them.

We all know that had the protestors been armed liberals attacking the Capitol building and threatening members of Congress, they’d have been mown down in a hail of police bullets. Even conservatives can’t deny that — at least, not with any credibility.

Lately, it seems as if white conservatives are reveling in rubbing the right to get away with murder in all our faces. It’s at least more honest than the ridiculous denial, but it’s also so very, very ugly and disturbing.

Andrew Lester, the 84-year-old white man who shot teenager Ralph Yarl in the head for knocking on his door, and his lawyer, plan to try to use “Castle Doctrine” in his defense, as Castle Doctrine is the right to use deadly force to protect one’s home and life. In practice though, Castle Doctrine, and it’s cousin, Stand Your Ground, has been shown to be a defense that often works in white men’s favor, though no one else’s.

Lester’s own grandson admits his grandfather has been completely taken in by rightwing media and has become increasingly paranoid.

“The 28-year-old grandson also claimed Mr Lester used to make disparaging comments about Black people, gay people, and immigrants — and kept a large number of firearms in his home, including rifles and handguns.”

Ralph Yarl, in the meantime, is a 16-year-old honor student and band geek. Totally harmless.

But after shooting Yarl in the head through his screen door, Lester was released on $200,000 bail. Immediately, protestors descended on Lester’s neighborhood, and Lester’s lawyer has asked for a protective order to seal Lester’s case files. Because of the protests and harassment, Lester had to leave his home and “has had to seek help from law enforcement for any travel” — which sounds to me like a personal police escort whenever Lester needs to go anywhere in public.



Amber Fraley

Writing about abortion rights, mental illness, trauma, narcissistic abuse & survival, politics. Journalist, novelist, wife, mom, Kansan, repro rights activist.