Rittenhouse Verdict ‘Affirmation of Self-Defense Right’

Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty by a jury in Kenosha, but not everyone is pleased. (Screen snip, YouTube, PBS)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- The “not guilty” verdict for Kyle Rittenhouse by a jury of seven women and five men in Kenosha, Wisconsin Friday was declared an “affirmation of self-defense rights” by the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.

But the ACLU, in a tweet already being blasted by various people including SAF’s Alan Gottlieb, didn’t agree. The ACLU tweeted: “Despite Kyle Rittenhouse’s conscious decision to travel across state lines and injure one person and take the lives of two people protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, he was not held responsible for his actions.”

An even more forceful version of that tweet came from Shaadie Ali, interim executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin:

“Despite Kyle Rittenhouse’s conscious decision to take the lives of two people protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, he was not held responsible for his actions, something that is not surprising. But Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t the only one responsible for the deaths that night. The events in Kenosha stem from the deep roots of white supremacy in our society’s institutions. They underscore that the police do not protect communities of color in the same way they do white people.”

“While the ACLU should have been complaining about the conduct of prosecutors in the Rittenhouse case,” Gottlieb stated, “the organization instead is calling Rittenhouse a deliberate killer, perpetuating the myth that he deliberately crossed state lines to kill people. It is shocking for the ACLU, which has a long record of defending the rights of individuals against government prosecution to make such an outrageous statement.”

“Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted by a jury of seven women and five men for defending himself against multiple attackers in the middle of a riot,” Gottlieb continued. “By being tried in court, he essentially was being held responsible for his actions, which the jury’s verdict clearly indicates were justified under the circumstances.

“We saw the same video evidence everyone else did,” Gottlieb added. “Any reasonable person who viewed the videos and heard the testimony would easily conclude Kyle Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.”

The verdict came after an intense week-long trial during which Rittenhouse broke down at least once on the stand. He also broke down upon hearing the jury’s verdict.

Outside the courthouse, protesters gathered to condemn the verdict with profanity-laced tirades against the court, Rittenhouse and the justice system. Had he been convicted, Rittenhouse would have faced a mandatory life sentence.

Not only was the ACLU evidently furious, but Democratic U.S. Rep Gwen Moore also declared, “A system that legitimizes vigilante murder is deeply broken,” according to WISN News.

Wisconsin State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) issued a statement quoted by WISN in which he said the verdict “a green light for these types of people to instigate violence, only to use violence to escape accountability.”

Wisconsin Gov. Ton Evers, also a Democrat, issued a statement in which he asked for calm.

“No verdict will be able to bring back the lives of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, or heal Gaige Grosskreutz’s injuries,” Evers’ statement says, “just as no verdict can heal the wounds or trauma experienced by Jacob Blake and his family. No ruling today changes our reality in Wisconsin that we have work to do toward equity, accountability, and justice that communities across our state are demanding and deserve.”

There is no mention of the trauma Rittenhouse suffered by being attacked during the violent protest that rocked Kenosha that night in August 2020. Nor is there any mention of the alleged threats against the jurors.

However, Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement after hearing the Rittenhouse verdict:

“Justice was served in the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, breathing new life into the presumption of innocence and upholding the fundamental principle of the right to self-defense,” Manning said. “The jury, which has been subject to death threats and intimidation, has proven they were willing to put that aside to uphold the American system of justice and the presumption of innocence. It is our prayer that they are left alone and able to return to their regular lives as unsung, anonymous heroes defending liberty and the justice system that is essential for the rule of law to prevail.

“The irresponsible major media companies and the President of the United States that each tried and convicted Rittenhouse based upon deliberate misinformation and libel should be held accountable by Mr. Rittenhouse using our nation’s tort system,” he added. “Let justice be done.”

And Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson tweeted, “I believe justice has been served in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. I hope everyone can accept the verdict, remain peaceful, and let the community of Kenosha heal and rebuild.”

The Rittenhouse trial not only put the teen in the legal crosshairs, it could also have had a far-reaching impact on the use of self-defense by other citizens. SAF’s Gottlieb said a guilty verdict would have had “a chilling effect” on self-defense across the country.

Tensions remained high as 500 National Guard troops remained on standby in the event of violent protests in Kenosha.

The trial saw some remarkable events, including Judge Bruce Schroeder’s scathing criticisms of Prosecutor Thomas Binger more than once during the proceedings. Binger also has come under criticism for the way he handled Rittenhouse’s rifle during closing arguments, with a finger on the trigger and the muzzle aimed out into the court, or in the direction of the jury.

What’s next? There will be plenty of time to analyze the decision, and for some people to apologize for the way they portrayed Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist” and “vigilante,” including Joe Biden.

Whether any such apologies will come is doubtful.

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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I hope Kyle sues the ACLU and many, many, others and becomes a very wealthy man for what I hope is a lengthy “rest of his life” from the proceeds.


“No verdict will be able to bring back the lives of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, or heal Gaige Grosskreutz’s injuries,”

And I consider that a damn good thing!


Our nation is divided because our world is divided. Here is the foundation of that division. In out history written long ago we have been warned that this would come. So here we are: Isaiah 5:20-21 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! The American left does not value truth. They teach false doctrine. That is why half of the country can come… Read more »


Isaiah, I tend to agree. I used to think, until President Trump showed us different, that many on the left was just gullible, weak people. They went along to get along, after all mom, dad and all my family have been dimocRATS is what they say. I have always thought that to be a very flimsy excuse to be voting for people who tell you the same tired lies decade after decade, but I did not consider the rank & file dimocRAT voters anything but misguided or ignorant. Not anymore. Just like I now consider any public school teacher who… Read more »


100% correct, demoncrats, which all leftists are and many of the liberal persuasion vote for people who blatantly lie to them promising them utopia and never providing said utopia, only hell here on earth. satan is the master of this fallen world and many are willing to follow him to the lies of hell.
stand firm in Christ.


Make no mistake. The left does not believe what they preach. They are not for Gun control or confiscation. They only want to confiscate and and control it from those Dissent to their power. They do it for power and greed. Ok for thee, not for me. The left has no idea what a real Civil Rights Movement is. MLK was a mild version of what we have in store for the left if they continue down this path. God bless our Founding Documents. May the power of the almighty protect and watch over us through this time. Aim Small,… Read more »

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I see it coming too, like a train wreck engine has jumped the tracks,millions of tons of freight driving forward dead man at the throttle


Finally some real justice


Actually, real justice would have been never having arrested him in the first place.

Wild Bill

Sometimes the easy way is not best. Had there been no trial, Rittenhouse could have been arrested in the future years because there is no statute of limitations on murder.
Due to the trial, those charges against Kyle, and many leftest lies, are forever resolved.
Next, will be leftest efforts to destroy Rittenhouse’s future life.



Wild Bill

Well, the allegation of murder (or what ever language the particular state statute might use, in Wisc. they use intentional homicide).


“We the People” will not take a knee for that.

Wild Bill

Relax, no prosecutor in Wisc can bring those charges anymore, and that is why a trial, even though difficult, is better. There is civil, however, with a lower preponderance standard. And The feds have not spoken.

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I believe this outcome as much as I agree with you, will be better in the long run.


I am ecstatic that Kyle was properly found innocent of the preposterous charges, however, the verdict is being overemphasized. It was the correct verdict, period. It means nothing other than the jurors made the right call. Had they made the wrong call, we would NOT lose our right to slf-defense: NOTHING CAN TAKE THAT RIGHT FROM US! No person, organization or government!


There will be no accountability for a rogue government running roughshod over the natural rights of a citizen. That is the problem. The Jury read the law and applied it to the facts of the case. That simple truth may soon become a rarity as rogue governments conspire with the font of lies known as corporate media to squash the individual.



Wild Bill

Which part of what he wrote is wrong?


Do you need someone to READ that statement to you where you can understand what they said?


Yeah but if that verdict went south, we could have lost Kyle.

Wild Bill

Excellent point. We will always run the risk created by our actions being reviewed by our “community”.


If the liberal governor and mayor had done their jobs and protected the people and their property, this would never have happened. They should be on notice, either do your jobs or, we will do it for you. Just because you’re outraged doesn’t give you the right to attack people and destroy property. Our right to self defense has been reaffirmed!

WI Patriot

God bless the Infantry…

Deplorable Bill

Hope for the best, plan for the worst is a motto instilled into me since I was a young teenager some 5 + decades ago. When asked why I carry a hand gun, “are you expecting trouble? No, If I was expecting trouble I would be wearing a rifle. Fortune favors for the prepared. Extra ammo is always a good idea. Still, I tend to carry concealed. Surprise is a good advantage to have. Kyle did well in his choices that night. He has a good rifle that is easy to use and it has plenty enough ammo in a… Read more »


Spot on.


you are wrong about the 2 instead of on statement, us government study that brought about smaller caliber, was six to care for and transport wounded 1 to bury dead so still have the ots stuff somewhere


I agree with what you wrote, but you are forgetting “jump kick man” who Kyle missed entirely.

I’d disagree about cops putting all rounds in center of mass. Some cops are skilled shooters, but majority are not.

Green Mtn. Boy

 I highly respect the young man, how many 17 year olds are disciplined enough to shoot only at threats and only to stop said threat.
I hope he continues down the straight path as he will become a fine man and most likely a fine leader in the future,Congrats young man job well done.


Let’s see what kind of Man he grows into.
He became a man on 25Aug2020
Now let’s see the good this young man can accomplish.
And for Gods Sake Return his Smith and Wesson M&P-15
That belongs to Kyle now.

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Well? Our military carries a few million 17-18 year old trained killers. Seriously? Kyle should enlist in the Marine Corps and go heavy on college courses while he’s in… Turn from enlisted to officer and go for 20 while he pushes for a Master’s Degree or two in whatever he wants. College paid for, military service established and as a active duty service member he can start a Class III / NFA collection with the private funds he will have… Investing heavily in Copper, Lead, Brass and Powders at Military Discounted rates!


God bless Kyle. He stood up for the community when paid law enforcement didn’t have the courage to uphold their duty. Kenosha prosecutors’ law licenses should be revoked for their attempt to violate Kyle’s Constitutional Rights.

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Wild Bill

Yes, Kyle risked his life for the community. They should give him a medal and a bigger gun. While the civic “leaders” allowed a dangerous to the community situation to develop. They should get fired, to include: the prosecution staff.


Especially the prosecution staff!

Knute Knute

But that’ll never happen. Licenses to ‘practice law’ are not issued by the United States. They ARE issued by the Intl. Bar Assn, headquartered right next to Buckingham palace, in London, and taking their orders directly from the Queen.
And here we’ve been thinking for centuries that we WON the Revolutionary War… sorry to have to burst that bubble.

Wild Bill

Each state has a bar to which the successful bar exam passer can apply, then on motion and action by the state Supreme Court, they are admitted to the bar, and ones attorney registration card comes in the mail.

Mike the Limey

The Queen has NOTHING to do with the issuance of licences to practice law, in the UK or elsewhere. She is a titular (but effectively powerless) head of state.
Sorry to have blown away THAT piece of nonsense.

Wild Bill

Maybe not, but she is a very nice lady. I saw pictures of her working in a motor pool during WWII. She would not had to.


True. Who gives out the QC/Queen’s Counsel title?

Mike the Limey

In reality, the government, with advice form civil servants & high ups in the legal profession.
Most I wouldn’t widdle on if they were on fire.
HRH started draining as a driver/mech in March ’45.
Spoke with her at RAF Waddington back in the late 70s – lovely lady.


Thanks. Didn’t know that.
Always liked everything I knew about her.
Good for you on speaking with her. Piece of history.

Mike the Limey

It’s nonsense, with a few historical points used to prop up a pile of fabricated dingo’s droppings.


Would at least ONE person bloviating how the ACLU used to be ‘good’ please read up on the founding of said institution?

The ACLU was founded by a communist for the sole purpose of destroying the USA by using our laws against us. It’s in their founding documents! The ACLU was NEVER the good guys no matter that occasionally some good did come from their actions.

Wild Bill

One hundred percent correct. And the deceptive name is still fooling people.


Anti-american Commie Lawyers Union

Wild Bill

That’s better!


more aptly said, the American Communist Litigator Union.


For many years I thought they were the American Criminal Liberties Union, your update is very much the truth.

Mike the Limey

Initial funding came from the USSR…


Very good news indeed. Congratulations and well done Kyle.


Justice has prevailed over the lies of the MSM and the deception of the liberal left . Criminals that attacked Kyle recieved the justice they provoked with thier criminal acts . We now know that self defence takes precedent over false narratives and lies from evil people with a agenda to take the rights of the masses and have power and control over all .


What is with the he “traveled across state lines”? Crossing state lines, even in Biden’s America, is still legal. He obtained the AR15 in Kenosha, so that is not an issue even if you wanted to make it one. This is beyond laughable when a US citizen is somehow criminally suspect for “crossing state lines” when illegal aliens can cross the southern border with impunity.


Yeah, that was just another lie perpetuated by the MSM. You won’t see it fact checked either.

Knute Knute

This whopper neither…
“I’m gonna need to get a fact check on the claim that Rittenhouse “shot three black men.” @Independent This is the mainstream media.And they wonder why no one trusts them anymore.”


It was reported last night that a couple news media in England, when reporting the Kenosha verdict, had to issue corrections to their previous reporting that stated all the protestors shot were black. The media added that their earlier erroneous reporting was the result of accepting the information being disseminated by US news sources.

Wild Bill

Our leftest media had a scenario that they wanted so badly that they did not get the facts get in the way of their reporting.

Mike the Limey

About the only thing the BBC has got right is their emphasis on both Kyle & the three he shot being white.
Everything else has been slanted towards him being in the wrong.


Kyle has no problem with blacks. On the other hand, maybe he doesn’t like wannabes.

Wild Bill

Yes. Now … all of a sudden, the leftists discover that there are borders. Convenient!


Actually, with America’s hodgepodge of gun laws, crossing state lines do indeed make for a whole lot of difference. If a Pennsylvanian, for example, where gun rights about equal those in Texas (hard to believe, but true), crosses into New Jersey with so much as a jacketed hollow point cartridge in his/her pocket, it’s a felony with imprisonments and large fine. The two states are as different as night and day when it comes to gun rights. Hopefully, the looming ruling by SCOTUS will loosen things up a bit.

Wild Bill

After the S. Ct. incorporated the Second Amendment against the states, there should be no hodgepodge. There should be no state infringements at all.

Wild Bill

Outstanding! Colorado, right?


Forget to change sock pups before replying?


Your observations are correct, but my point is that, in this case, all he did was “cross state lines”. No other factors complicated the travel – he didn’t have the weapon, ammo, or anything else to trigger specific state laws. Here, the critics are using the mere fact that he “crossed state lines” as a crime in itself – that the fact he did it somehow proves malicious intent and proves his guilt.
For example, tonight it is reported (that CBS) “In a report for “Face the Nation,” reporter Mark Strassman falsely claimed that Kyle Rittenhouse crossed state lines “armed for battle.”.

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Ansel Hazen

Did it.


Did somebody’s ex-‘wife’ give him back some o’ the hidden a/c he set up so’s he could ‘light up’ them uppity TEXAS civilians in ways even ‘qualified’ immunity sometimes don’t protect?

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“Despite Kyle Rittenhouse’s conscious decision to take the lives of two people protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, he was not held responsible for his actions, something that is not surprising. But Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t the only one responsible for the deaths that night. The events in Kenosha stem from the deep roots of white supremacy in our society’s institutions. They underscore that the police do not protect communities of color in the same way they do white people.” Ah yes, we need to be reminded that it is ALWAYS whitey’s fault when things go wrong in the… Read more »


How did those white antifa punks turn black?


The miracles of modern journalism, I guess.


White Privilege! It holds special powers!

Wild Bill

Yes, I will remember that as I wipe the sweat off my forehead in the hot Texas sun


I find it extremely odd that THAT small fact isn’t often placed out front in the media?




Everyone who carries a weapon should have carry insurance. I have a policy with USCCA that covers everything from posting my bail, counsel from the moment of arrest through the appeals, and defense and damages if I am sued. That’s one of the two things I do to protect myself. The other thing I do is prepare mentally to avoid confrontation, back out confrontations, and run from confrontations if possible. Kyle was the only good guy involved in his three encounters, and he was 100% legally justified shooting them, but Kyle Rittenhouse’s life would be much better today if he… Read more »


Your comments about carrying insurance is, sadly, an issue few gun owners even consider. Even the most justifiable, legal application of deadly force will almost certainly bring about lawsuits from either overzealous, agenda-driven DAs or from vindictive relatives of the perp. Anyone who thinks they can pay for the cost of a deadly force charge/lawsuit with the money in their checking account needs to research what the legal cost a typical shooting – even totally justified – will entail.

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Wild Bill

Yes, and there are few local attorneys capable of conducting a deadly force self-defense trial. For the talent needed, you have to look on the national level.

Wild Bill

Kyle may have gained nothing from the shootings, but he got a lot for the rest of us! Yes, it has just begun.


I am too afraid you are correct. That poor kid will be pursued by those commie rat bastards for life. What’s even sadder is the fact that he must live with taking two lives, even tho they totally deserved it because if he hadn’t, Kyle would be dead. As a 17-year-old kid, he probably has PTSD, the thought of having been almost killed AND the phoney terror of people from the president(?) all the way down to that phoney prosecutor, all the haters the commie BLM etc. We should all pray that he will someday be healed.


Kyle took no lives, the two men who made the decision to attack him forfeited their life.


Agreed. And where legal, carry a kubotan.



Lol – So a GubMINT that commits democide/genocide is going to supplant a Natural right to self defense & protect it’s citizens.

Since when ?

Clown World Circus Show logic


that shaadie and the aclu and other leftists tweeted out their racist propaganda doesn’t surprise me at all. leftists gonna do what leftists do.

kyle was tried in the United States judicial system, the best/most fair in the world. the jurors unanimously voted to acquit him, for you folks in rio linda, that means ALL of them, (r.i.p.RHL) even after the government/doj withheld exculpatory evidence favorable to the defense. there was more than enough malfeasance on the governments side if convicted for a re-trial.

justice was served.

move along.


The bottom line is: Those leftists screaming for a conviction of Rittenhouse, would rather those three perps with crime records, had murdered him so as that you would never know his name, rather than the kid do what comes naturally – defend himself.

Wild Bill

Yes, this really spoils their propaganda scenario. Come to think of it that happens a lot when the facts come out!


I may have missed it, but I don’t recall the age-old standard for self defense, Ability, Opportunity, Jeopardy aka AOJ being mentioned. In each of the 4 shootings, all 3 were there.

Wild Bill

And “innocence” meaning the defender can not have provoked the attacker to use deadly force.
someone on this site had a really good chart, but I can not find it now.

Wild Bill

Please see “The Law of Self Defense The Indispensable Guide for the Armed Citizen” by Andrew F. Branca; “Straight Talk on Armed Defense” by Massad Ayoob; and Robinson on Criminal Defenses.

Wild Bill

Oh come now, down voter, read some books.

Mike the Limey

The left, as usual, refuse to accept the verdict & continue screaming for “justice” & doing their utmost to create division & dissent whilst “appealing for calm”(Joe Biden front & centre…). Events in Portland show the true face of leftist politics, with violence, theft & destruction to the fore, along with a refusal to accept any result except the one they desire. Hopefully, Kyle will now get some counselling to deal with his nightmares & some needed protection from both the media & extremists who undoubtedly WILL be looking for him in order to do harm to him or his… Read more »


Big takeaway from this trial, Kyle did not take any lives that night, the two men forfeited their life by making the decision to attack Kyle.

Wild Bill

Yes, and the other take away, from this “teachable moment” is that it is legal for us to defend ourselves with deadly force.


Already knee self defense was legal. This trial just underscored how difficult and dangerous the aftermath can be.

We all saw how clear cut this case was, yet Kyle was forced to go through this trial – facing life in prison as a possible outcome. Prosecutors will always be funded by tax payers. Kyle’s legal expenses were largely funded by donations, I couldn’t afford as expensive a defense – could you?

Even in Texas, if you are in the wrong city – you could face just a prosecutor just as overzealous.

Wild Bill

So … you did not like my joke about “teachable moment”. The perps are dead. Get it.


I hope they gave him back his AR, he will probably need it! Am I the only one who wonders if the prosecutor was intentionally giving the defense grounds for a mistrial, in case the verdict goes the wrong way? Could he be a “Good guy” just covering his posterior?


Stop calling the 3 Rioters Victims. They lost their Right to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness when they committed those criminal acts.
They were criminals.
Kyle is the Victim.

God bless this Jury (for doing the job the 6th Amendment granted them)
God Bless Kyle and his Defense Team.

I vote for disbarment for the prosecution team!

And lastly I hope Kyle wins 100’s of millions in Slander/Libel suits.

Hey Gotleib. I think you should take on those cases.
Put the media and “Brandon” in their rightful place. 6’ under.


Do we not say “victim of suicide?” They were victims – of terminal stupidity.

i think Kyle’s biggest mistake was a belief that the AR would keep him safe. After all no one would be stupid enough to attack a man with a rifle – would they? He was not prepared for less lethal defense because he did not expect to use any.

Wild Bill

Victim of suicide is a classic malapropism.
Interesting guess work about what was in Kyle’s head.


Soon to come, federal conspiracy to violate Fed gun laws with the friend to whom he gave funds to but the AR 15 for him at age 17, when he needed to be 18 to own it!


Since when does someone have to be 18 to own a rifle in Wisconsin?

Wild Bill

Kyle’s friend, Black, bought the rifle with Kyle’s money with the understanding that ownership would transfer to Kyle when Kyle turned 18. I suppose that the BATFeces could contrive a “true owner” issue from those facts, if they were foolish enough.

Wild Bill

I wonder if the Feds will be stupid enough to bring charges?


If biden issues such orders to an agency, they will just follow orders.


Me did, done.


-Life Member, GOA


Hahahahaha. Wonder how many “safe & effective” boosters she had?