Rittenhouse Verdict Leaves Gun Control Advocates ‘Enraged,’ Gun Rights Groups ‘Thrilled’

Rittenhouse Verdict Leaves Gun Control Advocates 'Enraged,' Gun Rights Groups 'Thrilled'

The verdict delivered in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has renewed the debate on the Second Amendment among gun control advocates who described themselves as “enraged” and gun rights groups who are “thrilled to see that he is now a free man.” On Friday afternoon, a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found Rittenhouse not guilty on all five charges, allowing the 18-year-old to walk free after he fatally shot two and wounded another in August 2020. Gun control advocates expressed their disappointment in the jury’s decision, calling Rittenhouse an embodiment of “the very danger posed by a toxic mix of a white supremacist culture that values property over human life.” “Young people are enraged watching this trial, and we refuse to accept this as our normal,” youth-led gun violence advocacy group the March for Our Lives said in a statement. “There’s no world where a minor should be able to carry a high-powered firearm, period. And yet even on that charge the judge let him loose. Our jaws are dropped,” the group added. On the other hand, the National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR), which raised over $50,000 for Rittenhouse last year to help pay for the teen’s legal fees, celebrated the 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. Without naming Rittenhouse […]

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