Kyle Rittenhouse Awarded AR-15 for ‘Defense of Gun Rights’ Following Acquittal

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

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. “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 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. 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 […]

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