The more that comes out about Kyle Rittenhouse, the more I think that we need to decorate that young man. Here is what I know at this point:

Why was Rittenhouse in Kenosha, which was miles from his home and in a different state?

 Rittenhouse was working that day in Kenosha as a lifeguard. When he got off work, he and a coworker went to the local public high school to remove graffiti by rioters.Later in the day, they received information about a call for help from a local business owner, whose downtown Kenosha auto dealership was largely destroyed by mob violence. The business owner needed help to protect what he had left of his life’s work, including two nearby mechanic’s shops. Kyle and a friend armed themselves with rifles due to the deadly violence gripping Kenosha and headed over to the dealership.

Was Rittenhouse illegally in possession of that AR-15, and did he bring it across state lines?

This also means that the firearms didn’t cross state lines at any point in time, and also means that, if the friend who loaned him the AR-15 was 18 years old, it was completely legal for Rittenhouse to be in possession of it. It appears as though it was lawful for him to possess the firearm.

How did Rittenhouse wind up running through the streets of the city?

It appears as though insurgents had set fire to a dumpster and were attempting to use it to start a larger fire. Rittenhouse saw this and used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, which enraged the insurgents and led to them chasing Rittenhouse down the street.

This clears it up for me. This was a righteous shooting from beginning to end.

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Wayne · August 31, 2020 at 11:21 am

Andrew Branca at Law of Self Defense did 1 1/2 hour analysis of this and came to the same conclusion. Even if the Kenosha DA could make the misdemeanor possession charge stick (and I expect his attorneys will point out that the third felon who was carrying a pistol has NOT been charged) the mere possession is not relevant to Kyle’s wholly justified use of force in self defense.

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