by Cade Slaughter / November 17, 2021
The judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s recent homicide trial dismissed the misdemeanor related to gun charges Monday. The teenager faced the charge after defense lawyers argued that he did not violate the state statute in question because of his age, and due to the specific lengths of the semiautomatic rifle’s barrel.
Rittenhouse, currently 18, faces potential life in prison if he is convicted as charged for the killings of two men and wounding a third during a night of protests for racial injustice in Kenosha during the summer of 2020.
There happen to be a multitude of reasons as to why this fatality occurred in the first place. For one, Rittenhouse should have never obtained the rifle, which brings about the question as to how easy is it to obtain illegal weapons in the United States, and how does that apply to gun control and its advocates? Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, conceded her son should not have been there but declined to talk about the weapon he used in probable self-defense.
“No one should have been there,” she said. “The protestors should not have been there, also. My son shouldn’t have been there either.” Rittenhouse, 45, has limited her attribution towards the media in regard to the controversy.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, died from their injuries, while a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz, who prosecutors have said was armed with a handgun, survived being shot in the arm. Rosenbaum was later found to be admitting to the use of his personal handgun towards Rittenhouse but was found later on CNN admitting he did not point a gun at Rittenhouse – instead raising both of his hands up before the damage, despite the video clips.
“The only way that I could have sustained injury that I have is if I had been shot with my arms up,” stated by Grosskreutz on CNN, interviewed by Anderson Cooper.
One of the men killed, Huber, allegedly attacked Rittenhouse with a skateboard after Rosenbaum was shot. Rittenhouse’s attorneys have argued that he shot all the men in self-defense. Rittenhouse is seen on video darting from an ANTIFA mob, as multiple various protestors chased the man down, seen with an AR-15.
Anthony Huber’s father, John Huber, added his perspective during the Rittenhouse hearing: “It’s not about gun rights. My son was killed. Another man was killed. They didn’t deserve to be killed,”
Wendy Rittenhouse said her son does not belong to any militia group, including the Kenosha Guard, which put out a call to arms on Facebook during the unrest. Kyle Rittenhouse and friend Dominick Black initially went to Kenosha to help clean graffiti off a school. While there, they learned about one of their relative’s used car dealerships that had been hit particularly hard the night before. The teenagers then decided to act and guard the area, only to run into controversy with protests over the sudden death of Jacob Blake.
“Self-defense,” Wendy Rittenhouse said, as her voice rose. “He was in danger.”