Kyle Rittenhouse: Hero, Villain, or Neither?

Kyle Rittenhouse listens as Judge Bruce Schroeder talks about how the jury will view video during deliberations at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., November 17, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/Pool via Reuters)
What is the point at which those who have the means to defend a community should take it upon themselves to do so? It’s still not clear.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A lthough it is difficult to know what the jury will ultimately decide, there is a broad consensus that the Kyle Rittenhouse trial went surprisingly well for the defendant. The last week or so of proceedings saw a number of unforced errors by the prosecution, and a series of important revelations have bolstered Rittenhouse’s claim to have acted in self-defense when he shot and killed two men during an August 2020 riot in Kenosha, Wis. But these are legal questions. On a moral level, what are we to make of Rittenhouse’s actions? What are we to make of Rittenhouse himself?

David French,

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