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Opinion: Not A Murderer

On August 25, 2020 Kyle Rittenhouse, age 17, and many more went out during a riot, in Kenosha Wisconsin, to protect businesses from getting burnt down. Rittenhouse carried a medical bag and a AR-15 styled Riffle. Many others along with him also carried guns for protection against rioters. When Rittenhouse was walking the street some men started to run after him to attack him, when they tackled him he shot. Therefore, when Rittenhouse shot it was an act of self defense. In multiple videos you can hear the mob saying words describing to harm him. When Rittenhouse tripped, he was hit from behind by a rioter. By the time he sat up two men where on top of him in order to save his life he shot them. One was shot in the chest and the other that was hit was a registered sex offender. Another was coming at him with a handgun. Rittenhouse was able to shoot him in the arm so that he would not be shot.

Gaige Grosskreutz recovered from the arm injury but goes on to say that the only regret he has is not killing Rittenhouse that night. According to, Jacob Marshall had a conversation with his friend Gaige: "I just talked to [Gaige] too–his only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun before emptying the entire mag into him. Coward”.

This is a 17 year old boy who defended himself against a gang of rioters who were attempting to kill him. Rittenhouse is being charged with first degree homicide. In the state of Wisconsin "open carry is legal without a permit/license if you are at least 18 years old and allowed to possess a firearm" according to Meaning that if you are under the age of 18 you need a permit or license to carry. Kyle Rittenhouse is 17; if he has a permit or license he should not be in trouble for having a defensive weapon. How would have Rittenhouse survived grown men attacking him without his firearm and on top of that two had guns as well? If Rittenhouse is being charged with murder, how come Grosskreutz not being charged with attempt of murder?