Rittenhouse Aftermath: Myths, Lies and Lots of Video Tape

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted but myths and lies about his case persist. (Screen snip, YouTube, PBS)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- ANALYSIS: The Left won’t let go of the myths and outright lies that have been whirling around the Kyle Rittenhouse self-defense case for months, and it is being captured on video where—if the teen’s supporters have their way—it will help in potential defamation lawsuits a’la the Nick Sandmann case in 2019.

Acquitted on five charges, Rittenhouse walked out of the Kenosha courtroom a free young man. The Left has gone ballistic, including commentators at CNN and MSNBC, who are not happy with the verdict. There is a lively debate going on at KOMO’s Facebook entry about the Rittenhouse verdict.

Maria Shriver at NBC tweeted, “The idea that someone could be out with a semi-automatic weapon, kill people, and walk is stunning. I look forward to hearing from the jury. This is a moment for them to explain how they came to their decision.”

As noted by Fox News, “In a report for ‘Face the Nation,’ reporter Mark Strassman falsely claimed that Kyle Rittenhouse crossed state lines ‘armed for battle.’”

The same myth was perpetuated in a report on KIRO-TV in Seattle, in which it was stated, “Rittenhouse traveled to Wisconsin from Illinois, armed with a semi-automatic rifle.”

It has been firmly established Rittenhouse didn’t cross the state line with the rifle used in that fateful August 2020 incident during which he fatally shot two men and wounded a third. All three of the people he shot were white.

Shortly after the verdict, Shannon Watts, founder of the anti-gun-rights Moms Demand Action and trying to exploit the case to support her gun ban agenda, sent an email blast which asserted, “Let me be clear: this verdict of not guilty is a miscarriage of justice and an indictment of our broken criminal justice system. A white teenager got his hands on a semi-automatic rifle, showed up to a demonstration for Black Lives, fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, and he wasn’t held accountable…And it’s exactly what the NRA wants—a society where anyone can have a gun anywhere with no training and no questions asked, and where people feel emboldened to shoot anyone over the slightest provocation without fear of consequences…

“This tragedy underscored what we already knew,” Watts’ message added, “allowing the open carry of firearms everywhere—especially at demonstrations—is dangerous and life-threatening. In fact, demonstrations with a presence of armed groups and individuals, like those found in Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, are nearly six times as likely to turn violent or destructive compared to unarmed demonstrations…”

Not to be outdone, Renée Hopkins, CEO at the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility—a billionaire-backed gun prohibition lobbying group—also sent an email blast almost simultaneously as Watts. In her message, Hopkins declared, “We are outraged by this lack of justice and accountability…This decision is proof of how far we are from the beacon of justice and equality that our country claims to be. The reality is, a white gunman was free to cross state lines with a semi-automatic assault weapon, shoot three people, and be portrayed as the victim…

“This case provides incontrovertible evidence of the threat posed by openly-carried firearms and the shoot-first mentality promoted by the gun lobby,” Hopkins added. “The presence of a gun means any situation can turn deadly in the blink of an eye. That is why we fought to prohibit openly-carried guns at protests and the State Capitol in Washington and why we will continue working to ensure that all people can express themselves free from the threat of gun violence.”

That there was a “lack of justice and accountability” is a canard, say some observers. Rittenhouse was held to account and he was acquitted by the process of a trial, which translates to the exercise of justice.

When reported by Seattle’s KIRO, Hopkins’ comments again perpetuated the myth of Rittenhouse’s gun by stating, “It’s really important to note that no one, especially no minor, should be allowed to cross state lines with a semi-automatic assault rifle, shoot three people, then be portrayed as a victim — or even worse, a hero. And that’s what happened today.”

It should be noted that KIRO got Hopkins on video, but when it came to quoting the Second Amendment Foundation, reporter Deedee Sun only recited a statement provided by SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb.

“The verdict by the Kenosha jury is an affirmation that people, regardless of their age, have a right to defend themselves against violent attack, by individuals or a mob,” he said.

Reuters quoted Wisconsin criminal defense attorney Daniel Adams, who observed that most lawyers “who looked at the evidence had a feeling the state would not be able to clear the threshold of disproving self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Such observations are evidently not adequate for those hoping for a conviction. Before devolving into a discussion about race relations and gun control, a piece in The Atlantic appeared to sum up the Rittenhouse trial aftermath as best as anyone could.

“The trial was inevitably a media circus, spurring intense criticism of the judge and prosecutors from commentators across the political spectrum,” wrote reporter David A. Graham. “Much of that attention offered little insight, and sidestepped the point. The predicament of the Rittenhouse trial was that it could never do what many Americans, especially on the left, wanted. It couldn’t produce a plain answer as to whether Rittenhouse was a hero or a villain. It couldn’t say something about the state of race relations in America. The jury could never have rendered a yea-or-nay verdict on the saturation of guns in American society.”

The trial wasn’t about race relations or guns in America. It was about the fatal shooting of two demonstrators and the wounding of a third, and whether those were acts of murder or self-defense.

After careful deliberation, a jury of seven women and five men concluded Rittenhouse fired in self-defense. It might be nice to say this is the end, but that’s not likely.

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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Cowtown Kid
Cowtown Kid(@jdbankeratt-net)
15 days ago

I certainly appreciate this article, I wish that I could get my leftish leaning acquaintances to read it. I for one, was completely in the dark about some of the accusations, such as this is white supremacy in action. Dave Workman’s article filled me in on why that was being perpetuated. Then some people wonder why I no longer read/watch any of the so called news outlets. They just keep pushing lies to support a narrative that sells their brand. I remember learning about yellow journalism in grade school. How to sell newspapers, they hyped up a crisis in Cuba… Read more »

noseyparker
noseyparker(@noseyparker2u)
15 days ago

You mean its not true? That, according to the “left”, I can just walk around shooting whomever I please and there will be no legal consequences? Gee, I was really looking forward to that.

swmft
swmft(@swmft)
15 days ago
Reply to  noseyparker

shame, would fix a lot of school boards “vote “them out with a ak and give an iQ test at poling places (at least for drivers license)

DDS
DDS(@dds)
15 days ago

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” — Joseph Goebbels, Third Reich Propaganda Minister

swmft
swmft(@swmft)
15 days ago
Reply to  DDS

same people different generation , they dont teach about the past anymore ,Jefferson and Washington were not heroes waiting for cancel culture to find out mlk was republican

GomeznSA
GomeznSA(@gomeznsa)
15 days ago

Apparently those misinformed ‘ladies’ Dave mentions in his article would have been a whole lot ‘happier’ if Kyle had been beaten to death by the skateboard* (not by the criminal wielding it) or shot in the head by mister now one arm. How dare he defend himself.

*that skateboard ‘obviously acted all on its own, at least that is how they treat guns (insert eyeroll).

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
15 days ago
Reply to  GomeznSA

Many misinformed ‘ladies’ nowadays are actually ‘men’.

Tionico
Tionico(@tionico)
15 days ago

HOWis it that these media hacks ca spew such blatant lies and get off with it? That crack about “untrained” shooters can go out and kill anyone wiht impunity is bout as whacked as anyone could get. As to his gu handling skills.. I wish I were half as good as he proved himself to be. Seven rounds, three assilants in rapidsuccession. Two rounds hit target, death. Three rounds hit next target, death, one stray round never acoconted for. Next very unwise assaulte, one round, neutralised. Game over.Others of evil intent, if they were still close by having seen the… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill(@wild-bill)
15 days ago
Reply to  Tionico

Due the case of New York Times v. Sullivan.

MarkE
MarkE(@glock45_9mm)
15 days ago

The problem is that none of these “facts” matter – the dissemination of the lies is a product of the left’s larger agenda. This is an extension of the “end justifies the means”, and if these lies promote their larger narratives of racism, gun violence, white supremacy, societal injustice, and police brutality, then the truth becomes the acceptable collateral casualty. The fact that those shot weren’t black, that Jacob Blake wasn’t killed by the police, that Rittenhouse didn’t transport the AR15 across state lines, that White supremacy wasn’t an issue, are all irrelevant. In actuality, to the left, the problem… Read more »

Last edited 15 days ago by MarkE
Coelacanth
Coelacanth(@coelacanth)
15 days ago

The definition is in their play book, right next to “women’s health care”, which really means the killing if a helpless baby in the (once) inviolable sanctity of the womb.

RetUSAF
RetUSAF(@rmyrvold)
15 days ago

The Left Wing Media say they are Demonstrators, if they are Democrat-Communists, even when they are looting and burning. But if they are noisy pushy unarmed Conservatives in DC, they are insurrectionists.

Grigori
Grigori(@grigori)
16 days ago

I, like most on here, was thrilled with the verdict that acquitted Kyle. I understand he has now voiced publicly, his support for BLM. I understand he was under tremendous mental stresses that most of us hopefully will never know, but he was acquitted already. No need to be politically correct for the sake of PR. I hope my sympathy for him does not wind up waning because he continues with these dumb statements.

Last edited 16 days ago by Grigori
Wild Bill
Wild Bill(@wild-bill)
15 days ago
Reply to  Grigori

Kyle almost had to say that, but that does not mean that it is true. He (and we) does not (do not) owe the truth to the marxist leftists

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
15 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

He did NOT have to say that. He could’ve said “I support Black Lives Matter in the sense that I support All Lives Matter”. Sad.

Last edited 15 days ago by Russn8r
Wild Bill
Wild Bill(@wild-bill)
15 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

That has been tried and it was not enough for the marxist leftists. He should have just shut up.

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
15 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

That’s true too, WillTEX.

Or he could’ve said, “What’s the big deal? I only shot whiteys. Is that racist?”

Last edited 15 days ago by Russn8r
Arizona
Arizona(@arizona)
15 days ago
Reply to  Grigori

He could support the idea that black lives matter, as much as all lives matter, while either being ignorant of the marxist ideology of the BLM movement or merely speaking to the uninformed followers of the movement. It is like saying he supports preservation of nature without supporting the psychos that spike trees, bomb oil lines, etc.

Arizona
Arizona(@arizona)
15 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

Also, he is just 18. He probably has no clue about the political subtexts.

Tionico
Tionico(@tionico)
15 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

somehow I am convinced he certainly does.. he is certainl not a “babe in the woods”.

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
15 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

You, TEX, Wild Bill and all your sock pups are experts on that “one in the same” thing.

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
15 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

I hope that’s what it is, because BLM is racist, so anyone who supports it is racist.

Tionico
Tionico(@tionico)
15 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

someone should send Kyle the three part series John Crump did back a few years, and reposted here, on BLM nd Antifa. Astounding facts he’s sussed out and put together. I was sort of on the fence until I read that. Marxist communism active and growing within our own borders, and gummit, media, etc, promote it.

THAT is why the Seattle dweebs have their knickers so tightly wadded. They have their bets on Antifa/BLM, and do’t want to lose.

Bigfootbob
Bigfootbob(@bigfootbob)
16 days ago

“It might be nice to say this is the end, but that’s not likely.”

You nailed a big problem on our side with your statement right there Mr. Workman. We don’t play the long game. We win one for the Gipper, celebrate then go home and we fugetaboutit. The left loses one and instead of taking their toys and going home to mom’s basement, they double and triple down for the next battle.

Thankfully more journalists and regular folks are learning it’s never really over. We must stay vigilant and continue taking the offense. Thank you for all you do.

Last edited 16 days ago by Bigfootbob
Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull(@rld454c)
16 days ago

The main stream media has a problem with any narrative they can’t control with thier lies and deception . They will learn that thier Marxist crap is wearing thin with most people who have a IQ over 60 . Only complete idiots buy the crap these morons spew !

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy(@reen-mtn-boy)
16 days ago

I discount the dement ramblings of the Left as they are mentally diseased, There is a valid reason the are referred to as Leftards and they go out of their way to prove it

Knute Knute
Knute Knute(@knute)
16 days ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

“Leftard” is an insult to real retards. A real retard is far more intelligent than any left, esp. those in the media. They are wayyyyyy beyond retarded.
They’re psychotic lunatics, as their reaction to this verdict clearly highlights! “Psychotic Loony Toon” doesn’t roll off the tongue as good, though… 🙂

JPM
JPM(@jpm)
16 days ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

The people in the media are NOT mentally diseased, they are just plain evil and want to control and manipulate the population. Tragically, the only people they can control are the mentally diseased, the ignorant who they attempt to “educate” with their lies and similar evil people who want to be like them. Thinking, intelligent people do not listen to the media and recognize it for what it is; propaganda.

Mystic Wolf
Mystic Wolf(@wolf)
16 days ago
Reply to  JPM

There is a reason I call them DEMONcrats as they are acting more demonic all the time. They have this mentality that says if you are white then you are as bad as ever but if you are black then you can do anything you want and get away with it.