Kyle Rittenhouse cheered as ‘hero to millions’ as he claims homicide t…

Kyle Rittenhouse, the man who was cleared of murder after shooting three people , was hailed at a “hero to millions” when he appeared before a group of young American conservatives.

Speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona, organised by Turning Point USA, a youth conservative student movement for “freedom, free markets and limited government”, the 18-year-old received rapturous applause and cheers.

Charlie Kirk, the founder of the influential student group, said Mr Rittenhouse had not only not done the wrong thing, but he had “done the right thing”.

“We must say that he did everything right that night, that Kyle acted properly and morally and lawfully when someone tried to kill him,” he said.

He additional: “Kyle did the right thing. And he should be applauded.”

In the weeks since the teenager was cleared of all charges over the shooting of three white men, two of them fatally, amid protests for racial justice, Mr Rittenhouse has become something of a hero for many on the right, and defenders of the Second Amendment of the US constitution. It is this amendment gun owners claims gives them the right to own and carry a gun.

The young man had been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree attempted intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, after the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2020.

The largely white jury deliberated for 27 hours over the time of four days before pronouncing him not guilty on all counts. While the news was a shock to some, those watching the trial said under Wisconsin law, the young man has a strong chance of arguing that he had acted in self defence. He did precisely that.

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