The leadership of GunSense Vermont joins thoughtful people everywhere who are appalled by the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two men and injured a third during a protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin in 2020.

GunSense Vermont understands that gun violence is not limited to random acts; it exists in the forms of domestic violence, suicide, shootings by police, and using guns to intimidate, threaten and coerce. The Rittenhouse verdict sends a dangerous message that it is not only acceptable to bring guns to marches, protests and rallies, but that taking lives is considered heroic rather than criminal.

GunSense Vermont will continue to work for the safety of all Vermonters and stand in opposition to the conditions that led to Rittenhouse’s actions and acquittal.

Issued by GunSense Vermont Board of Directors

(28) comments

Bob P

What led to the actins of Rittenhouse was the complete inaction of the democratic control of that state. can you imagine if the leadership actually used the National guards before the riots got out of hand? Odd is it not that they had not trouble using them pre Rittenhouse verdict though. As far as the verdict, it was exactly as it should be, a jury fully informed used the laws to render a verdict. This is a country where every person has the right to self preservation and he was clearly defending himself.

Mike from Worcester

NO ONE else was shot or murdered except by Kyle. Those that died are heros who were trying to stop an "active shooter". He 'kill shot" the first hero in the back- after blowing apart his pelvis, shooting his hand and his head. While said weapon was strapped to him. He was bigger, taller, and fit but needed an AR-15? An illegally acquired weapon. No charges there- a freebee for the white moron/EMT? A peaceful black lives matter protest was treated to a massive military response. The 1/6 attempted murderers smashed there way in. He journeyed there. Guess its OK to go to someone else's neighborhood, wave a weapon around, provoke the attack and murder unarmed people out of cowardness, in your country. Not mine, or my dad's country or my forefather's. The judge was/is a biased parody of one.

Bob P

That is laughable at best. If you bothered to watch the trial (which you obviously did not) you would know that first off Kyle was not Bigger and taller the the other 3. Second if you bothered to watch the trial ( which you obviously did not ) that instead of spewing the leftist narrative that Kyle shot Rosenbaum in the back suggesting that he was facing away from Kyle, you would know it was actually a downward shot because Rosenbaum was lunging toward him with his head down. Third, if you watched the trial (which it is obvious you didnt) you would know that the AR15 was not illegally pruchased, thus not federal firearms charges, and the reason that charge 36 was dropped it was shown that Kyle was actually legal to carry in that state. White Moron, nice to see you stoop to the lestist racist talking point on that one. As far as Huber being shot, that didnt happen until Kyle was on the ground, had been kicked in the head and Huber was actually hitting him in the head with a skate board, and Grosskreutz was not shot until by his own admission he pointed a loaded Glock at Kyles head while he was still on the ground. Again all these points are easy to see if you watched the trial. as far as a peaceful black lives matter protest, thats also laughable. that peaceful protest cost over 50 million dollars in damages, pretty hard to imagine what a none peaceful one would be like.

Bob P

Charge #6, not 36.

Thor

Your héros.......1) Joseph D. Rosenbaum, Convicted Felon, Sex offender, Level 3 Offender, Failure to maintain register status. Determination on 8/26/2020, Attempted Assault & Battery

2) Anthony Huber, Convicted Felon, Assault & Battery, Domestic Abuse, False Imprisonment, illegal weapon. Determination, 8/26/2020 Assault & Battery

3) Gaige P. Grosskreutz, Convicted Felon, Felony Burglary, Probation Violation, Illegal Weapon. Determination, 8/26/2020, an Assault with an Illegal Weapon. Real 'heros', Mike, real 'heroes'. Oh, by the way, Kyle's weapon was held in storage at his Grandfather's gun cabinet in Kenosha. Kyle did not cross state lines with an illegal weapon. Mike, keep believing the 'drive-by media.....LOL.

Mike from Worcester

Kyle Rittenhouse spoke publicly in his first interview since he was arrested and charged for shooting three protesters, two of them fatally, during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the summer.

In a phone interview with the Washington Post, Rittenhouse revealed the gun he used in the shooting was purchased using money he received from an unemployment check during the coronavirus pandemic. Rittenhouse, 17, could not legally purchase the weapon himself, so he gave the money to a friend to buy it for him, according to both Rittenhouse and police reports.

"I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus Illinois unemployment, because I was on furlough from YMCA, and I got my first unemployment check so I was like, 'Oh I'll use this to buy it,'" he told the Post.

Prosecutors have charged a Wisconsin man with supplying the gun. Lying again.

Mike from Worcester

Their actions were heroic, Rittenhouse murdered 2 out of three. No one else did.

Thor

Hey Mike, your heroes were all felons.....fact check that.

Thor

You can clearly see from Mike's response that you are NOT allowed to act in self-defence. The 'protestors' had ever right to protest, Kyle had no right, according to Mike, to be at the protest, packing heat or not. Apparently Mike has not travelled much in New Mexico or Arizona where it is common practice for the folks of the country-side to be packing heat. I traveled there, I've seen it and I never felt pressured from fear of those folks.

Bob P

You also can clearly see that he did not watch the trial and would rather just throw the lefty narrative and see if it sticks.

Thor

Yup, throw some schidt at the wall to see if it sticks. However, to his defense, he does work well for minimum wages when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.

Mike from Worcester

I watched the trial daily, saw the videos in real time, slo-mo, enhanced. Rittenhouse could have run anywhere. He ran between cars, turned and shot. His AR was STRAPPED to his chest but he thought someone could grab the barrel end and pull it away? Pigs fly! He shot, shattering the hero's hip. As the man was falling forward and reaching out (step back and you are out of reach of the shattered hip man). Rocket science! He then shot him in the hand and head. Then "kill shot" TO THE BACK. Your kind of guy. These large scale protests have been necessary since the 60s when fire hoses and dogs were sicced on peaceful marchers. They are still happening because of people like you. I guess your idea of a peaceful protest is nazis by torchlight chanting against the Jewish Americans.

Bob P

As you say Mike, your ignorance must be blissful. If you actually watched the trial, and had any clue what you were talking about you would actually know what the term "strapped to your chest" actually means. Since you are willing to show your ignorance I will give you a little clue as to what it means. The Sling used only has 1 "pivot" point" or in other words the only contact point between the sling and the firearm is at the butt end. Contrary to what you are trying to imply, the rifle was very mobile and easy to grab. Of course if you actually watched the videos with an open mind you would easily see how the rifle could be grabbed. The videos SHOW that the barrel was grabbed, the evidence showed it and the prosecution didnt deny it, yet here you are claiming that you watched the trial but have a different out come then even the prosecution all but admitted to during the trial. Again the "shot in the back" was very well documented in the trial, and how it actually occurred. It is certainly not the way you are trying to portray it. So, I will run through it one more time, by the evidence for those who did not watch the trial and are just trying to push the leftist narrative, Rosenbaum was charging Kyle with his head down, thus the shot entering his back. By the way, there was actually a witness that said the he grabbed the barrel of the firearm. But hey, you only would know that if you watched the trial.

Thor

When Mike is cornered like a 'rat', he does the liberal diversion tactics hoping to lead anyone who opposes him, down his dark alley of despair. In other words, live life my way or no way.

Mike from Worcester

Your hero murdered two people. We are talking about the actions of one day. If he alone is not there, nobody dies. Plain and simple.

Mike from Worcester

You make a LOT of asinine assumptions about people whose long life history you have no clue of.. If I do not lock my gate and a kid drowns in my pool, I have caused 'an attractive nuisance', Kyle can travel where he wants but no one dies if this kid is not there. I live in Vermont, used to hunt and have carried when I was in business and transporting cash before becoming an ICU/ER nurse. But I never travels to a riot strapped with a semi auto rifle. This was not self defense despite the screwed up judge's instructions. You seem especially facile at drawing conclusions about people- like tRumputin.

Bob P

Your hero, who went to jail for 11 counts of child molestation with young boys between the ages of 9 and 11 including rape of a young boy. If that is your kind of hero, well I will leave it right there......

Mike from Worcester

Strapped over his shoulder, under his other arm to the rifle butt. Wonder it did not fall on the ground!!1 And yes, I think it heroic to even try to wrestle it away from a shooter/potential/likely mass murderer. Keep him from pointing it a someone else. And I am not a liar. You are the one that spreads them.

Mike from Worcester

Well Bob P, your peeps always seem to be fixated on molesters, pedophiles. Most of the stories I read about them in the papers concern rich republicans or fools shooting up pizza parlors. Your peeps. I know it may hurt to think, but even an evil person can do the right thing. You should try it sometime, instead of spreading Covid and hate, using belittling or foul language, making discourse personal, in the sewer. Why don't you spread your hate on social media and leave our local newspaper to those who can actually hold a conversation without getting all trumpy. You are the poster child for why America has become divided and why your party has morphed into the GQP, asian, moslem, black, jew hating blocker of any relief for the hungry, homeless child, the ill, the suffering vet- those that call our sacred dead "losers", and say of POWs "I don't like guys that get captured".

Bob P

Again, in true Mike fashion when you get caught in a falsehood you start twisting words. All you do is prove that (1) you did not watch the trial to any extent and (2) you know nothing about a single point rifle sling and (3) again when the going gets tough you try to twist things around. ( My peeps do always seem fixated) is truly the dumbest thing written on here in a long time. You literally called a child molester of many small boys a hero, and when called out on it you twist it to (my Peeps) that's child play at best. As far as the child rapist, if you watched the trial, you would have seen that he was very agitated starting fires calling people on numerous occasions the "N" word and literally told Kyle that if he got him alone he would kill him. But true to form when you post Mike, facts don't matter to you, just the lefty narrative.

Bob P

I find it utterly amazing that you have the guts to call someone out for for "spreading Hate" when 90% of your post do the exact same thing to anyone the dares to call you out for your lies. Anything I have said pales in comparison to things you say about conservatives, People who back Trump, Republicans and Trump himself.Calling me a "poster Child" only comfirms that your hatred to anyone that disagrees with you. I have been reading this paper for 40 plus years, home delivered for over 20, guess I have earned the right post. It amazes me that you think I should post elsewhere for calling out your lies obout this trial. Facts are facts, thats all I posted. If you can't take that, maybe it's you that should take their game to social media.

Mike from Worcester

You take a course on concealed carry and one of the first things you are told is "You cannot claim self defense in a situation you created." You create situations.

Bob P

Hmm, the problem is, as the evidence showed Kyle did not create the situation. Again, if you watched and paid attention to the trial you would well know that instead of posting falsehoods here. Our court systems, with 12 citizens of the country heard the evidence presented and used our laws to render a verdict. The evidence is clear as day. He did not instigate the confrontations and that is a simple proven fact.

Mike from Worcester

NOBODY DIED unless they came in contact with Kyle, the 'EMT'.

Bob P

You show time and time again how little you watched the trial. You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts Mike. The facts are very clear, Kyle acted in self-defense, and that is just the way it is.

Thor

And you are an ICU/ER nurse...wow, publicly displaying your vitriol hatred for anyone who opposes you while you are still gainfully employed in the public arena, just wow.

Mike from Worcester

Thor "the rat", I have a permanently damaged hand from a patient, while protecting another nurse, because of someone like you. And I cannot see you protecting anyone but yourself.

Mike from Worcester

If, if, if Bob. I watched. He created the situation at a time of mass shootings. The judge was a biased idiot. He frequently had send the jury out while, at the end, backtracking and trying to change wording, rules. He actually chose the words the jury would hear. The fake, absolutely tearless sobbing was a travesty. This is more Travon Martin baloney- create the situation, then get scared, kill people, walk away. He got away with murder while "you always" take the side of least humanity, least responsibility. And are seldom worth responding to. Your guys are the ones noted worldwide for lying. period.

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