‘Kenosha Teen’ Kyle Rittenhouse had something to say on Thursday to President Joe Biden as he and fellow Democrats continue to rabidly push for gun bans and more gun control in the wake of the tragic Uvalde, Texas school massacre last week.
During a prime-time speech to the nation, Biden specifically targeted so-called “assault weapons” — one of which Rittenhouse used to defend himself against an attacking mob during a riot in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020. Two attackers were killed and a third severely wounded; Rittenhouse was found not guilty on two counts of murder last fall.
“We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21,” Biden said.
Strengthen background checks; enact safe storage and red flag laws; repeal the immunity, that protect gun manufacturers from liability; address the mental health crisis, deepening the trauma of gun violence,” Biden went on to say.
“I want to be very clear – this is not about taking away anyone’s guns. It is not about vilifying gun owners,” he claimed. “But, my God, the fact that the majority of the Senate Republicans don’t want any of these proposals even to be debated or come up for a vote I find unconscionable.
“The House of Representatives already passed key measures we need, expanding background checks to cover nearly all gun sales. It’s time for the Senate to do something. But as we know, in order to … get anything done in the Senate, we need a minimum of 10 Republican senators,” Biden said, calling out GOP senators in the 50-50 chamber.
“We can’t fail the American people again,” he said.
It’s not clear if any of those measures would have stopped the gunman who walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, but for his part, Rittenhouse is certain he would not be around today if such a law was passed.
“I am alive today because I was able to protect myself,” Rittenhouse said in a power tweet.
I am alive today because I was able to protect myself.
— Kyle Rittenhouse
He added, “The right of people to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed, Joe.”
“The right of people to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed,” Joe.
— Kyle Rittenhouse