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

EXPLAINER: Did Rittenhouse lawyers do enough to prevail?

  EXPLAINER: Did Rittenhouse lawyers do enough to prevail? KENOSHA, Wisconsin (AP) — When Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand to testify about his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha — sobbing and seemingly unable to continue as he approached the critical moment where he shot the first man — it was one of the most compelling moments in his two-week murder trial. It might have been the most effective part of his three-day defense, too, potentially swaying any jurors inclined toward sympathy for the 18-year-old who has claimed self-defense in the shootings that left two of the men dead.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) says its going to present an AR - 15 rifle to Kyle Rittenhouse , who was just acquitted of murder in the fatal shooting of two men at violent ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. Rittenhouse deserved to be awarded with a semiautomatic rifle “for his defense of gun rights in America,” the group said on Twitter. It described the 18-year-old as "a warrior for gun owners and self- defense rights across the country.” An AR - 15 -style rifle was what Rittenhouse used to kill two people and injure another during riots in Kenosha in August 2020.

If Kyle Rittenhouse hadn’t brought a gun to the protest in the first place, none of this His behavior and its repercussions should be an example for everyone. Guns = Death. If I saw a stranger walking outside my house with an AR - 15 -style rifle slung over his shoulder, I would certainly feel This case raises issues of Second Amendment rights and whether a person can legally shoot to kill an unarmed

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!"

Jury to begin deliberations at Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial

  Jury to begin deliberations at Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Jurors will begin deliberations Tuesday at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial after two weeks of testimony in which prosecutors and defense attorneys painted starkly different pictures of his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha. Prosecutors claimed in closing arguments Monday that Rittenhouse was a “wannabe soldier” who provoked bloodshed by bringing a semi-automatic rifle to a protest and menacing others, then walking off like a “hero in a Western” after killing two men and wounding a third. © Provided by Associated Press A lone protester stands outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, late Monday, Nov.

Follow RT on. Kyle Rittenhouse has shared his thoughts after a Wisconsin jury acquitted him of murder charges. The teenager was accused of the felony offenses after fatally shooting two people amid the unrest in Kenosha. The jury cleared Rittenhouse of all felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, on Friday, after more than three days of deliberations. The prosecution argued that Rittenhouse , who was 17 at the time and armed with an AR - 15 -style rifle, had broken the law by killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and by wounding Gaige Grosskreutz amid the

Follow CNN. buys Staples Center naming rights . 'Can almost see Bannon as ventriloquist': Haberman on Rittenhouse 's defense attorney also pointed to the prosecution's active shooter argument during In addition, trying to paint Rittenhouse as provocative because he brought an AR - 15 firearm did not work because of the culture of guns in Wisconsin, which aren't necessarily

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 trial: Jury still deliberating verdict as judge considers mistrial over drone video

  Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Jury still deliberating verdict as judge considers mistrial over drone video Jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial were to deliberate for a third day while the judge considers a request from the defense for a mistrial. Your browser does not support this video A key piece of evidence in the prosecution's case — a drone video that shows Rittenhouse fatally shooting the first man he fired at on the night of Aug. 25, 2020 — was called into question Wednesday when Rittenhouse's defense lawyers said they received a lower quality version of the clip.

Demonstrators protest against the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, November 19, 2021. (Photo by Reuters). Racial tensions are running high in the United States after the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse following a closely-watched and polarizing murder trial, with civil rights groups warning that the November 19 verdict will set the stage for more Rittenhouse , a white teenager who fatally shot two people and wounded another with an AR - 15 -style rifle during anti-racism protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, was cleared of all charges against him on Friday.

Rittenhouse opened fire with an assault-style AR - 15 rifle during protests about the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer, last August. Rittenhouse also shot dead Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, who chased him across a car park and attempted to grab his assault weapon. The Rittenhouse case has become a cause celebre for the American Right and his acquittal could earn him millions. As well as the documentary, the teenager has reportedly been offered film and book deals and there are suggestions that Mr Trump may even invite him to a rally.

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.

Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty of All Charges in Fatal Shooting of 2 Men At Black Lives Matter Protest

  Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty of All Charges in Fatal Shooting of 2 Men At Black Lives Matter Protest Kyle Rittenhouse, then 17, was accused of homicide for using an AR-style rifle to kill two people during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, Wisc., last yearJurors embraced the claim that Kyle Rittenhouse was defending himself when he fatally shot two men and injured a third last year, clearing him of homicide Friday along with all related charges that included recklessly brandishing a dangerous weapon during a Black Lives Matter protest over police brutality in Kenosha, Wisc.

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on Friday, marking the end of a dramatic and divisive two-week murder trial that had sparked debate over gun rights in the US. Lawyers for the 18-year-old managed to successfully convince the jury that their client acted in self- defense when he fatally shot two men during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last August. The verdict ended one of the highest-profile civilian self- defense cases in the US, and also marked a career-defining trial for defense attorneys Mark Richards and Corey Chirafisi.

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.

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.

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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Fact check: Kyle Rittenhouse visited Mar-a-Lago, but not for a paid two-week vacation .
Kyle Rittenhouse visited former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago beach resort, but not for a two-week, all-expenses-paid vacation. " USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment. Special access for subscribers! Click here to sign up for our fact-check text chat Rittenhouse visited Mar-a-Lago Local news outlets reported Rittenhouse was in Florida the weekend after his acquittal for an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has a home on the state's Gulf Coast. The interview aired Nov. 22. While he was in Florida, Rittenhouse also visited Trump.

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