One of country’s most outspoken voices in defense of the Second Amendment has labeled Kyle Rittenhouse a “warrior for gun owners” in giving him a gift.
Gun Owners of America tweeted its intention to give Rittenhouse an AR-15 rifle in the aftermath of Rittenhouse’s acquittal Friday. Rittenhouse had been tried after killing two men and wounding a third during the August 2020 rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse had claimed he acted in self-defense.
“ALERT: GOA will be awarding Kyle Rittenhouse with an AR-15 for his defense of gun rights in America,” GOA wrote in Twitter post Friday. “Join us in saying THANK YOU to Kyle Rittenhouse for being a warrior for gun owners and self defense rights across the country!”
Rittenhouse is featured prominently on the organization’s website.
In a commentary piece that was published by USA Today Friday and reproduced on the site, Erich Pratt, the group’s senior vice president, touched on the larger issues that were woven into the fabric of the trial. He noted that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense against three men who tried to injure him.