A gun rights group has raised thousands of dollars for Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who was arrested in late August for shooting three people, killing two of them, during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The National Foundation for Gun Rights is set to send a check for over $50,000 to the jailed 17-year-old, according to a news release from the organization.
“I spoke with Kyle’s mother this morning to let her know NFGR received over a thousand donations amounting to over $50,000 from folks who support her son,” Dudley Brown, executive director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights, said in the release.
NFGR raised more than $50,000 in defense of Kyle Rittenhouse. Today, NFGR Executive Director @dudleywbrown signed the check which will be put into a trust fund set up by his lawyers. pic.twitter.com/KzksfwTUn7
— National Foundation for Gun Rights (@NFGR_Official) September 17, 2020
The purpose of the funding is to ensure Rittenhouse has “the best defense possible,” Brown said.
Rittenhouse’s mother said, “No words can describe what we’re going through. Thank you so much — and I know Kyle and the rest of the family would say thank you too,” according to Brown.
The NFGR believes Rittenhouse “acted legally and defended himself” in the shootings, Brown said in the release.
— DudleyWBrown (@dudleywbrown) September 18, 2020
Rittenhouse was charged with murder after he killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, according to a criminal complaint.
Video and the police document indicate that Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum after the man chased him and lunged toward him.
Rittenhouse then ran into the street, where he fell to the ground and fired at Huber, who jumped on top of him and hit him with a skateboard, according to the complaint.
Grosskreutz was shot in the arm after he produced a handgun and moved toward Rittenhouse.
The Gun Owners of America, another pro-Second Amendment group, backed Rittenhouse and said the charges are ill-founded.
“We don’t think he did anything wrong as far as defending himself and using a firearm,” Rice told the DCNF in a phone interview.
“They chased him, they followed him and he was forced to fire in self-defense.”
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