On that fateful day, Rittenhouse exercised his God-given right to self-defense against three assailants who attacked him while Rittenhouse was open carrying his AR-15 peacefully on the streets. In this exchange, Rittenhouse killed two of the assailants and wounded the other.
The man who survived Rittenhouse’s act of self-defense, Gaige Grosskreutz, testified during Rittenhouse’s murder trial on November 4, 2021, that he was pointing his gun at Rittenhouse when the then-17-year-old shot Grosskreutz in self-defense.
“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun … that he fired, right?” Corey Chirafisi, a member of Rittenhouse’s defense team, inquired Grosskreutz.
“Correct,” Grosskreutz responded.
According to Zachary Stieber of the Epoch Times, Rittenhouse open fired on Joseph Rosenbaum, who witnesses claimed was behaving in an aggrieve manner and lunged at Rittenhouse in the parking lot of a car dealership.
Rosenbaum later succumbed to his wounds.
Anthony Huber then attacked Rittenhouse by swinging a skateboard at his head, which prompted the then-17-year-old to shoot back in self-defense. Huber was also killed in the exchange.
The attacks against Rittenhouse did not end there. Grosskreutz then lurched towards Rittenhouse while brandishing a firearm, per video footage of the incident. Rittenhouse appeared to have shot Grosskreutz as well.
Grosskreutz insisted that he heard gunfire from a few blocks away and ran to the direction of the sounds.
He initially thought Rittenhouse was an “active shooter,” thus compelling him to act.
Although Grosskreutz was within arm’s length of Rittenhouse, he expressed his hesitance about the idea of shooting Rittenhouse. He asserted that preserving his own life “while also taking the life of another is not something that I’m capable of or comfortable in doing.”
Thomas Binger, one of the prosecutors, was curious to know why Grosskreutz didn’t fire first.
“That’s not the kind of person that I am. That’s not why I was out there,” Grosskreutz asserted. “It’s not who I am. And definitely not somebody I would want to become.”
Though Grosskreutz’s statement was contradicted by the evidence that followed this shooting incident.
Jacob Marshall, Grosskreutz’s roommate, posted on Facebook right after the shooting that Grosskreutz told him that “his only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun [sic] before emptying the entire mag into him.”
Grosskreutz denied these allegations. On November 10, Marshall is set to testify.
For posterity’s sake, an accurate recollection of the events of August 25, 2020 is needed. For one, Rittenhouse was in Kenosha to help protect businesses against looters and rioters, while also providing medical aid to people in the area.
Grosskreutz, who worked as a paramedic, was also in the city to provide medical assistance.
Grosskreutz is a Milwaukee resident and was active in protests following George Floyd’s death. He revealed that his concealed carry permit had expired. In other words, he couldn’t legally carry the .40-caliber handgun he brandished that night.
“I believe in the Second Amendment. I’m for people’s right to carry and bear arms,” he commented. “And that night was no different than any other day. It’s keys, phone, wallet, gun.”
Chirafisi continued pressing the witness on how he told law enforcement after the shooting that his Glock fell from his belt clip.
“You didn’t take the Glock out of your back here and run with it?” he inquired.
“I did,” Grosskreutz remarked
“So it didn’t fall off your waist; it was in your hand?” the lawyer stated.
“That’s correct,” Grosskreutz replied.
Grosskreutz said he didn’t view his comments to police as a lie and offered a rebuttal to Chirafisi’s assertion that he was chasing Rittenhouse.
Chirafisi called attention to how Grosskreutz promptly filed a $10 million civil suit against the city and county of Kenosha for allegedly failing to maintain order during the rioting. Most importantly, Chirafisi noted that in Grosskreutz’s suit there was no reference of Grosskreutz brandishing a weapon when he was shot.
“You left that part out, right?” he asked.
“That’s correct,” Grosskreutz replied.
Overall, the media narrative surrounding Kyle Rittenhouse is imploding before our eyes.
Nevertheless, gun owners must stand strong and give all the support they can to Rittenhouse.
If Rittenhouse is unjustly convicted for murder, this will establish a national precedent that could result in the evisceration of the Second Amendment, especially the self-defense facet of it, as we know it.
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