Rittenhouse is latest symbol of a nation divided on guns, crime and protest

Rittenhouse is latest symbol of a nation divided on guns, crime and protest

(CNN)Three days after his acquittal in a polarizing case in Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse is now a teenaged avatar for a nation divided over the nature of justice, the societal role of guns and violence in political discourse. The sight of Rittenhouse, 18, walking free on Friday after shooting dead two men and wounding another last year in unrest sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake , a Black man, also opened a fresh debate over state laws on self-defense and the concept of vigilantism. The case’s political reverberations are already rocking a tense political environment ahead of 2022 elections and even the 2024 presidential race. Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, for instance, thaat the incident in the city of Kenosha shows Americans must not be allowed “weapons designed for battlefield use.” Meanwhile, ex-President Donald Trump, who appears to be preparing another run for the White House, has been praising Rittenhouse, who inserted himself into a volatile situation, as the “poster boy” for the right to self-defense. Rittenhouse protesters shut down the Brooklyn Bridge. Portland demonstrators force open jail The debate on Sunday talk shows and elsewhere about Rittenhouse came hours before an SUV plowed into a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, striking more than 20 people. Officials said multiple people were killed but gave no exact figures as relatives of those lost are notified. Police gave no details on the motives of the attack but said they had a […]

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