The Rittenhouse Case; This Time We The People, Won! ~ VIDEO

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New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- Several days prior to the jury’s decision in the Rittenhouse case, the New York Times posted an editorial titled, “The Truth About Kyle Rittenhouse’s Gun” by Times Opinion Columnist, Farhad Manjoo. In part, the Columnist said this,

“I’ve spent the past couple of weeks riveted by the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the white teenager who shot and killed two people and injured a third during a night of Black Lives Matter protests and civil unrest in Kenosha, Wis., last year.

It was a turbulent case. For many days the prosecution was on the ropes — some of the state’s witnesses seemed to bolster the defense’s case that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.

But on Monday, the lead prosecutor, Thomas Binger, offered a meticulously documented closing argument that deftly summarized all the ways Rittenhouse acted unlawfully.

That’s because it cleverly unraveled some of the foundational tenets of gun advocacy: That guns are effective and necessary weapons of self-defense. That without them, lawlessness and tyranny would prevail. And that in the right hands — in the hands of the “good guys” — guns promote public safety rather than destroy it.

In the Rittenhouse case, none of that was true. At every turn that night, Rittenhouse’s AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle made things worse, ratcheting up danger rather than quelling it. The gun transformed situations that might have ended in black eyes and broken bones into ones that ended with corpses in the street. And Rittenhouse’s gun was not just a danger to rival protesters. According to his own defense, the gun posed a grave threat to Rittenhouse himself — he said he feared being overpowered and then shot with his own weapon.

This is self-defense as circular reasoning: Rittenhouse says he carried a rifle in order to guarantee his safety during a violent protest. He was forced to shoot at four people when his life and the lives of other people were threatened, he says. What was he protecting everyone from? The gun strapped to his own body, the one he’d brought to keep everyone safe.”

The Jury’s decision in the Rittenhouse case blew this absurd New York Times editorial out of the water.

At the core of the Second Amendment rests the right of self-defense. This isn’t a supposition. This isn’t theory. This isn’t opinion. And it certainly isn’t a mere fervent wish. Self-defense is at the heart of the inviolability of personhood; the sanctity of mind, body, and spirit.

The Right of self-defense is embedded in the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

A firearm is the best means of self-protection and has, for centuries, been thus.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is merely a reiteration of and reminder to Government that the Right of the people to keep and bear arms means the Right of self-defense, be it employment of self-defense against attack by beast, person, or the tyranny of Government.

Make no mistake—the most cherished right of every human being was on trial in the Rittenhouse case: The right of self-defense.

The seditious Press will play, is playing the outcome of this case as it has from the outset; as the aforementioned quote from The New York Times editorial presents—that the Rittenhouse case is about guns and the need to place further constraints on the Right to keep and bear them.

That has been the messaging droning on, all along: guns promote lawlessness; guns threaten public safety and order; guns don’t belong in a civilized society; guns aggrandize vigilantism; and so on and so forth.

But the Rittenhouse case isn’t really about guns. It never was.

The case is about the inherent, natural, immutable, God-given Right of Self-Defense. And as the case proved, armed self-defense works damn well. Kyle Rittenhouse would have suffered serious injury and probable death had he not been armed. No question about it.

Many journalists and commentators will say, in the days, weeks, and months to follow, that the jury came to the wrong conclusions in each of the counts against Kyle Rittenhouse. Some, though, will admit that the case was a weak one from the start. The seditious Press will rant and rave, fume, and make excuses, and will issue dire warnings of what the outcome of this case portends for society, which undoubtedly the Press will, wittingly or not, foment.

But the truth of the matter is that the case against Kyle was, from the start, not only weak, it was absurd.

Video evidence alone demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt that an angry mob, out for blood, intended to seriously injure or kill Kyle Rittenhouse. The mob was chasing after Kyle. Kyle wasn’t chasing after them. Kyle did his level best to avoid confrontation. And that is a critical point where a person claims self-defense.

The State’s case against Kyle was nonsensical from start to finish. It was an oblique attack on the inherent right of self-defense. But it was also a direct assault on civilian ownership and possession of firearms.

The prosecution argued that, if a person has a right to self-defense, Kyle certainly didn’t because he didn’t play fair: he brought a gun to a knife fight, notwithstanding that one of the attackers did bring and did point a loaded handgun at Kyle!?

But the prosecutors never charged that third attacker, Grosskreutz, for unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. Strange that.

The prosecutors created a story that Kyle, by carrying a rifle that night in Kenosha, was looking for trouble. The State constantly used a buzzword, “active shooter” to describe Kyle.

The prosecutors employed rhetoric instead of reason to entice, seduce, and mislead the jury. It didn’t work. The jury saw through the sham. They were never taken in by it.

And, fortunately, justice was served. The jury obeyed the instructions as given them by the Judge. The jury wasn’t deluded by acting President Biden’s insulting and ludicrous and false assertion that Kyle is a “white supremacist” or by claims that the Rittenhouse case is all about vigilantism—as if any of that would or should have bearing on the case, anyway.

But let’s cut to the chase. This case was and is about one thing: the right of self-defense, and whether the employment of it was reasonable under the circumstances. Wisconsin law is clear about this:

Wis. Stat. § 939.48 Self-defense and defense of others, says this:

“A person is privileged to threaten or intentionally use force against another for the purpose of preventing or terminating what the person reasonably believes to be an unlawful interference with his or her person by such other person. The actor may intentionally use only such force or threat thereof as the actor reasonably believes is necessary to prevent or terminate the interference. The actor may not intentionally use force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm unless the actor reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself.”

The jury found that, on all Counts, Kyle Rittenhouse complied with the Wisconsin law of self-defense. He never shot to kill. He shot to stop aggressive attacks on life, and when the threat passed, Kyle stopped.

And one should take careful note:

Wisconsin law doesn’t assert or imply a limitation on the use of firearms for self-defense.

On the contrary, the State Supreme Court of Wisconsin reiterated the right of armed self-defense.

In State vs. Roundtree, 395 Wis. 2d 94, 952 N.W.2d 765 (2021) the Court opined that “the core right identified in Heller, is ‘the right of a law-abiding, responsible citizen to possess and carry a weapon for self-defense. . . .’”

See also State vs. Christen, 396 Wis. 2d. 705, 958 N.W.2d 746 (Wis. 2021), and note, once the defendant successfully raises the self-defense privilege, the State has the burden to disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. And that standard is a difficult one for the State to overcome. Moreover, if the State cannot meet the standard of proof, then the privilege automatically applies to any crime based on the conduct directed to the criminal charges.

“Wisconsin has codified the privilege of self-defense. § 939.48(1) (‘A person is privileged to threaten or intentionally use force against another for the purpose of preventing or terminating what the person reasonably believes to be an unlawful interference with his or her person by such other person.’). This self-defense privilege extends further in the context of the home where the privilege may include the presumptive right to use deadly force. See § 939.48(1m)(ar). When a defendant successfully raises the self-defense privilege, the State has the burden to disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. State v. Head, 255 Wis. 2d 194, 648 N.W.2d 413. If the State cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt at trial that the defendant did not act in self-defense then the self-defense privilege serves as ‘a defense to prosecution for any crime based on that conduct.’ § 939.45.”

The jury, in the Rittenhouse case, obviously determined the prosecution failed to overcome the self-defense privilege in each of the charges brought against Kyle Rittenhouse involving the use of his weapon for self-defense. Hence, all the charges related to the use of his weapon for self-defense automatically drop.

The Press will, no doubt, have a field day with this turn of events.

Let us hope the U.S. Supreme Court in Bruen, will recognize and make abundantly clear the right of armed self-defense doesn’t stop at the doorstep of one’s home.


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john
john(@johnwestside4545)
12 days ago

It’s been the goal of the Left wingers of the Democrat party to incite division, vigilante justice and even a race war, that’s what they really want so they can sweep the next election and suspend everyone’s freedoms. Remember when democratic politicians suggested to confront others at restaurants, out in the open.In the riots in Ferguson, Obama road in & told rioters ‘you’ve got my back’ & gave ‘thumb up’. “We don’t want to work with republicans-get in their faces-confront them”. Can you imagine, a president encouraging such. Crime is on the rise all around the nation. Biden’s mandates and… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill(@deplorable-bill)
12 days ago

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. The 2A. There is an inherent right to life although it is debatable these days. The murder of children is acceptable under the law these days. The LORD gives us life and life, ALL life, is precious in HIS sight and my sight. If you attack someone don’t be surprised when they defend themselves. Nobody really wants to die. Everyone wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to take the trip. Everything that lives has… Read more »

john
john(@johnwestside4545)
12 days ago

“Go looking for trouble it will find you” I still stand by the comment. The news media and those reporting on the events of this young boy Kyle Rittenhouse made statements that were and I should have remembered opinion only in favor of the anti gun people.There were questions about the gun and ownership crossing state lines most of those issues were dismissed. Was this self defense was Kyle’s life in danger the facts say yes the jury says yes the one attacker says yes who took the witness stand. “Then there’s sometimes trouble finds you” Maybe you are just… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
12 days ago
Reply to  john

Kyle Rittenhouse did NOT “go looking for trouble” any more than 17-year-olds did when they joined up after Pearl Harbor.

Last edited 12 days ago by Russn8r
john
john(@johnwestside4545)
12 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

That is not a good comparison our nation and way of life was attacked. Again by another country not another american

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
11 days ago
Reply to  john

Who do you think you’re kidding? Our nation and way of life are far more threatened by domestic enemies than the Nazis could ever have dreamed of doing.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill(@wild-bill)
11 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Just a couple of things: the Nazis were not at Pearl Harbor. And Pearl Harbor is in the past, while “Our nation and way of life are …” is present tense, meaning currently. That is not a good comparison as john points out.
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all.

Dan
Dan(@dannasco)
13 days ago

According to the NY Times the fact that Kyle Rittenhouse was armed he “…made things worse, ratcheting up danger rather than quelling it.” As we examine the facts of this case we will discover this is a stunning admission of the mental depravity of the protesters. Rosenbaum had a history of mental illness, raped children, attempted suicide, and chased Kyle. He wound up dead. Huber had bi-polar disorder, and attempted to strangle his brother. He attacked Kyle with a skateboard, and wound up dead. Grosskreutz pointed a loaded weapon at Kyle and was shot. Grosskreutz had a 10 year criminal… Read more »

Ron
Ron(@roneyoung)
13 days ago

“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.”
― Edmund Burke.

We need more Kyles.

Last edited 13 days ago by Ron
Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
13 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Yep. Defund & fire those who were PAID, BADGED & ARMED to do the right thing but Just Followed Orders & munched donuts while civilian dreams died, and repeal all laws impeding armed civilian mutual defense.

swmft
swmft(@swmft)
13 days ago

and everyone leaves out , these great people helping to clear out the stores so shoppers dont have to bother. soon there will only be stores in gun totting shoot the shoplifter towns. where rights of ownership are protected and the bodies of the gangs rot in a dump

Norm
Norm(@nglitz)
13 days ago

The people will have truly won when the lying media is held to account by courts awarding Kyle LOTS of money. Especially if it comes with criminal penalties.

NJ clamdigger
NJ clamdigger(@harold-turner)
12 days ago
Reply to  Norm

He’s got lots of possible lawsuits, including Presidential Candidate Joe B.
(Let’s go Brandon!!!)

nrringlee
nrringlee(@nrringlee)
13 days ago

We no longer have a free press. We have various forms of corporate propaganda machines working at the behest of those who hate your liberty.

Arizona
Arizona(@arizona)
13 days ago
Reply to  nrringlee

5 mega corps own 90% of the media. And they are in it for the money and power to direct and shape the political landscape. We have “infotainment” and yellow journalism, as opposed to objective reporting. Sadly, many citizens are ignorant of the political landscape, don’t care until it physically hurts them, and are happy to be brainwashed by google, flakebook, amazon, yahoo, msm, twatspace, etc.

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III(@austin-miller-iii)
13 days ago

I think it is telling that the MSM would choose to give this case the weight in the court of public opinion that the did. It was so obviously self defense that they must have been pretty confident they could change the narrative enough to get the outcome they wanted. It is also telling that they have chosen a situation where a white man used a weapon to defend himself against three other white men and they are spinning the narrative as a race issue. Is this an act of desperation on the part of MSM or a brazen act… Read more »