US Kyle Rittenhouse Awarded AR-15 for 'Defense of Gun Rights' Following Acquittal

05:05  21 november  2021
05:05  21 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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A gun - rights organization pledged to donate an AR - 15 rifle to Kyle Rittenhouse after he was acquitted of all charges on Friday following the fatal shooting of two men in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "GOA will be awarding Kyle Rittenhouse with an AR - 15 for his defense of gun rights in America Many conservatives , including former President Donald Trump , celebrated Rittenhouse 's acquittal as a victory for gun rights . Donald Trump Jr. joined GOA's call, urging supporters to sign a virtual card "in support of Kyle ," Huffpost reported . " Gun Owners of America is sending Kyle Rittenhouse an AR - 15 .

“GOA will be awarding Kyle Rittenhouse with an AR - 15 for his defense of gun rights in America,” the Gun Owners of America stated in a tweet. “Join us in saying THANK YOU to Kyle Rittenhouse for being a warrior for gun owners and self defense rights across the country” they added.

Accused shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has been awarded an AR-15 assault rifle from an organization called Gun Owners of America (GOA) for his "defense of gun rights" following his acquittal from homicide charges.

Accused shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has been awarded an AR-15 assault rifle for his © Sean Krajacic/Getty Accused shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has been awarded an AR-15 assault rifle for his "defense of gun rights" following his acquittal from homicide charges following his killing of two men in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In this photo, Rittenhouse waits for his trial to begin for the day at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"ALERT: GOA will be awarding Kyle Rittenhouse with an AR-15 for his defense of gun rights in America," GOA wrote in a Friday morning tweet. "Join us in saying THANK YOU to Kyle Rittenhouse for being a warrior for gun owners and self defense rights across the country!"

Rittenhouse lawyers' trial playbook: Don't 'crusade,' defend

  Rittenhouse lawyers' trial playbook: Don't 'crusade,' defend Soon after a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges against him, defense attorney Mark Richards took a swipe at his predecessors, telling reporters that their tactics — leaning into Rittenhouse's portrayal as a rallying point for the right to carry weapons and defend oneself — were not his. “I was hired by the two first lawyers. I’m not going to use their names,” Richards said Friday. “They wanted to use Kyle for a cause and something that I think was inappropriate — and I don’t represent causes. I represent clients.

Kyle Rittenhouse ’s acquittal by a Kenosha, Wisconsin jury has divided Americans. Outraged Democrats called it a miscarriage of justice, while Republicans hailed it as due process and warned about malicious prosecutions. Rittenhouse ,18, was charged with murdering two participants in the August 2020 riot “Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum are victims. They should be alive today. The only reason they’re not is because a violent, dangerous man chose to take a gun across state lines and start shooting people. To call this a miscarriage of justice is an understatement,” he added.

Gun control advocates warned the jury's verdict could inspire a new wave of armed vigilantism, after Mr Rittenhouse — armed with an AR - 15 -style rifle — travelled in August 2020 from his Illinois home to Kenosha after demonstrations erupted following the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. Mr Rittenhouse 's acquittal created fear that protesters against racial injustice and other causes would be in danger from right -wing causes that already deemed Mr Rittenhouse a hero after the shootings.

Rittenhouse used an AR-15 style rifle to kill Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as injure Gaige Grosskreutz in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020.

Rittenhouse pleaded self-defense to homicide charges related to the incident. A jury found him not guilty on Friday.

Prosecution attorneys argued that Rittenhouse's victims had initially approached him out of fear that he was an active shooter. At the time of the killings, Rittenhouse was 17 years old and too young to purchase or possess such a firearm. His friend, Dominick Black, purchased it for him, Black said at the trial.

Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal sparks protests across US

  Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal sparks protests across US Demonstrations sprang up nationwide in protest of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict Friday night. The verdict sparked outrage among those who feared an acquittal would embolden vigilantism, and anger in the families of the men shot who were seeking accountability and justice. Others, including pro-gun conservatives, have hailed Rittenhouse as a hero who was protecting private property from rioters.

Four days before Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of murder, the judge in his case tossed out a charge: illegal possession of the military-style semiautomatic rifle he used to kill two people. The withdrawal of the misdemeanor charge, which carried a maximum sentence of less than a year, was a Yet it was a telling reminder that the Rittenhouse case, in addition to examining the polarizing issues of race and the right to self- defense in the country, highlighted the growing proliferation of guns on America’s streets and the failure of efforts to implement even modest new gun restrictions.

The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse – who killed two men and injured another during anti-racism protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin – came after a contentious and controversial trial that gripped America. For many people, Rittenhouse ’s treatment was seen as revealing the favorable treatment a white and [The men killed and wounded by Rittenhouse were white, but the shootings came amid protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake and murder of George Floyd.] This verdict was not only outrageous and dangerous, it was also an obvious signal that encourages and notifies ‘vigilantes’ that

After the shooting, Rittenhouse became an icon for gun groups and gun rights advocates.

On November 20, 2020, right-wing podcaster Elijah Schafer tweeted an image showing Rittenhouse wearing a t-shirt for Black Rifle Coffee. The coffee brand has maintained a pro-military, pro-gun, pro-police image—even being sold in firing ranges. However, the company denied having any relationship with Rittenhouse.

The National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR) raised over $50,000 for Rittenhouse last year to help pay for his legal fees. NFGR issued a celebratory statement after his not guilty verdict.

"When we saw the video evidence of Kyle defending himself and others in Kenosha, WI, NFGR made the decision to support him right away, and we're thrilled to see that he is now a free man," NFGR Executive Director Dudley Brown said in a statement.

Protesters trace route Rittenhouse took in Kenosha

  Protesters trace route Rittenhouse took in Kenosha KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Several dozen people gathered below the wind-whipped Wisconsin flag at Kenosha's Civic Center Park on Sunday and warmed up with chants for justice before taking to the streets in protest of the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. Demonstrators traced the route Rittenhouse took the night in August last year when he shot and killed two people and wounded a third during protests over police brutality. They carried signs that said “Reject Racist Vigilante Terror” and “THE WHOLE SYSTEM IS GUILTY!” A couple of protesters carried long guns.

Eighteen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse declared following acquittal in his homicide trial that “self- defense is not illegal.” In an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson’s film crew after the Wisconsin jury’s verdict on Friday, the young man was asked how it felt to be cleared of the charges against him They’re the different scenarios that run through your head during the day like, what could have happened. Like, I’m alive but what could have happened, like what if I wasn’t alive? Or what if I did let Mr. Rosenbaum steal my gun ? It’s those type of dreams of the outcome. It’s bad but almost every

Searches for any mention of Rittenhouse - even after the Illinois youth’s acquittal - on the NRA Twitter feed come up completely empty. The Virginia organization hasn’t so much as mentioned or issued a press release supporting Rittenhouse during his one and a half year ordeal, with other pro-2A organizations such as the Gun Owners of America outflanking the NRA with open and proud support of Kyle Rittenhouse . Rogue prosecutors such as Thomas Binger represent as great of a threat to gun rights as Democrat politicians, if not an even greater one.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), a gun manufacturer's lobby, also tweeted the text of the Second Amendment after Rittenhouse's verdict was announced.

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed," the NRA's tweeted, without mentioning Rittenhouse by name.

Pro-gun Republicans also lauded Rittenhouse's verdict as a Second Amendment victory.

"Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends. You have a right to defend yourself," Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina said in a Friday Instagram story. "Be armed, be dangerous, be moral."

Republican Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert tweeted Friday afternoon, "Today is a great day for the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense. Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty on all counts! Glory to God!"

The congresswoman is a vocal supporter of gun rights. In a January 3 advertisement, she announced that she would "carry my Glock to Congress," referring to her handgun.

She also owns a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado.

Acquitted and in demand, Rittenhouse ponders what's next

  Acquitted and in demand, Rittenhouse ponders what's next KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — When he was acquitted of murder in shootings during unrest in Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse went from staring at possible life behind bars to red-hot star of the right: an exclusive interview with Tucker Carlson and a visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago capped by a photo of both men smiling and snapping a thumbs-up. For Rittenhouse, a year of legal uncertainty over whether his claim of self-defense would stand up has given way to uncertainty over what’s next. He told Carlson, in an appearance that spiked the host’s ratings by some 40%, that he hoped to become a nurse or maybe even a lawyer. He planned to “lay low” but would for sure leave the Midwest.

In a Friday Fox News interview, former President Donald Trump called Rittenhouse a "poster boy" for "innocence based on self-defense."

Newsweek reached out to the Gun Owners of America for comment.

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