Gun Sellers Stoke Fears to Boost Weapon Sales

The number of firearms in the U.S. is outpacing the country’s population, as an emboldened gun industry and its allies target buyers with rhetoric of fear, machismo and defiance.

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The Power of a Good Cry

Among the instruments in an actor’s tool kit, none are more mysterious than crying. How should we feel about tears from our other public figures?

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Rifle Used by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha Shootings Will Be Destroyed

Mr. Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in the fatal shootings of two men and wounding of another during a protest in 2020 that was precipitated by the shooting of a Black man by a police officer.

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #firearms, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle

Dominic Black, Friend of Kyle Rittenhouse, Reaches Plea Deal

Dominick Black, a friend of Mr. Rittenhouse, had been accused of two felonies for buying the weapon. In a plea deal with prosecutors, he will pay a fine.

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Sherrilyn Ifill: ‘There Is No Guarantee We Make It Out of This Period as a Democracy’

After almost a decade at the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Ifill explains why advocacy is an essential part of her legal work.

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‘Self Defense’ Is Becoming Meaningless in a Flood of Guns

More guns, no matter in whose hands, will create more standoffs, more intimidation, more death sanctioned in the eyes of the law.

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What the Arbery and Rittenhouse Verdicts Couldn’t Tell Us

We must stop tying our hopes for justice to high-profile criminal cases.

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Kenosha, the Rittenhouse Verdict, and the Riots of 2020

What I saw in Portland and Kenosha has convinced me: We must stop tearing ourselves apart so that we can build.

#danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kenosha-wis, #news-and-news-media, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-1972-2020, #rittenhouse-kyle

What the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Says About Justice in America

Readers are worried about the precedent set by Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal. Also: The A.M.A., on the power of language.

#american-medical-assn, #firearms, #language-and-languages, #rittenhouse-kyle, #self-defense, #vigilantes

The Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

How a jury came to find the teenager, who shot and killed two people in Kenosha, Wis., not guilty on the five charges he faced.

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In Rittenhouse Verdict, Paramilitary Groups See Vindication

His acquittal has reinvigorated support on the right for armed responses to racial justice protests and unrest.

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Missouri Detective Convicted in Cameron Lamb’s Fatal Shooting

A judge convicted Detective Eric DeValkenaere of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Cameron Lamb outside his home in 2019.

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Rittenhouse Case Highlights Nation’s Deep Divide on Gun Rights

As groups debate the effect of the verdict, the legislative stalemate shows no signs of changing, and weapons on the street grow.

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Rittenhouse and the Right’s White Vigilante Heroes

The great threat is that there are young men out there who watched the verdict and now want to follow Rittenhouse’s lead.

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How the Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse Shows the Burden for the Prosecution in Self-Defense Cases

The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse points to the wide berth given to defendants who say they acted out of fear.

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Rittenhouse Verdict Reveals a Widening Political Divide

#black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #firearms, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #self-defense, #vigilantes

Having Rittenhouse Testify Was ‘Not a Close Call,’ His Lawyer Says

Mock juries used by his defense team to test their case reacted much more favorably when he testified, his lead lawyer said.

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Conservatives celebrate Rittenhouse’s acquittal, as liberals lament the verdict.

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s Acquittal and America’s Gun Laws

Readers react to the verdict, discuss America’s self-defense laws and make connections to the Ahmaud Arbery case. Also: The social policy bill.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #democratic-party, #gun-control, #house-of-representatives, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vigilantes

Elation and Dismay as Crowds at Courthouse Hear of Rittenhouse Verdict

Small groups of supporters and detractors of Kyle Rittenhouse reacted to news of the not-guilty verdict as a horde of journalists looked on.

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The Rittenhouse Trial Becomes an Avenue for Political Fund-Raising

As the jury deliberates, fund-raising emails from both supporters and critics increasingly are reflecting how much the case has become a political touchstone.

#kenosha-wis, #rittenhouse-kyle

Jury in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Has Deliberated for 23 Hours With No Verdict

The length of time spent suggests that the jurors may have clashed on the complex decisions they face. They were expected to resume deliberations on Friday morning.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #grosskreutz-gaige, #huber-anthony-d-2020, #jury-system, #kenosha-wis, #mcginniss-richie, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle

From Kyle Rittenhouse to Steve Bannon, the Brazenness of White Men

Race hangs heavy over cases featuring white male defendants accused of everything from murder to insurrection.

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No Verdict in Rittenhouse Trial as Jurors Depart for the Night

Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense team sought a mistrial on Wednesday, its second such request. The judge has yet to rule on either.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Firearm Made Everything Worse

Kyle Rittenhouse’s semiautomatic rifle endangered everybody around him —  and himself.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #grosskreutz-gaige, #gun-control, #huber-anthony-d-2020, #kenosha-wis, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020

As Rittenhouse Awaits Verdict, Man Shot by Kenosha Officer Heals Slowly

When Jacob Blake was partially paralyzed last year, it set off civil unrest in Kenosha, Wis. Jurors are now deliberating the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two men during those protests.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle, #sheskey-rusten-kenosha-wis-police-officer

Why Kyle Rittenhouse No Longer Faces a Gun Possession Charge

The barrel of Mr. Rittenhouse’s rifle was too long, defense lawyers argued, to be in violation of a Wisconsin statute that says minors can’t possess dangerous weapons. His age was also a factor.

#firearms, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #schroeder-bruce-e, #wisconsin

Jurors Await Closing Arguments in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

The prosecution and defense are each allotted two and a half hours on Monday to convince jurors whether Mr. Rittenhouse was legally justified in shooting three men in Kenosha, Wis.

#kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle

Six Key Moments That Shaped the Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse

Among the important portions of the trial: Mr. Rittenhouse’s own testimony, along with the words of someone who thought he, too, had been shot by Mr. Rittenhouse.

#kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle

Self-Defense Claims Are Interrogated In Cases About Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery

The Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery cases raise intriguing legal questions about people who take the law into their own hands and then claim self-defense when someone dies.

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Jury Must Weigh Complex Legal Questions Before Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

Jury deliberations, expected to start next week, will include consideration of six separate criminal counts. The jurors may be instructed to consider lesser charges as well.

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle, #schroeder-bruce-e, #self-defense

In Scrutinized Kyle Rittenhouse Trial, It’s the Judge Commanding Attention

Judge Bruce Schroeder, who has presided over Mr. Rittenhouse’s homicide trial, has drawn notice for sparring with prosecutors and offering historical commentary.

#kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #schroeder-bruce-e

‘I Defended Myself,’ Kyle Rittenhouse Tells Jurors in His Homicide Trial

Mr. Rittenhouse testified for hours about the deaths of two men and the shooting of another amid protests in Kenosha, Wis. The judge and prosecutor sparred bitterly over judicial procedure.

#kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle

Kyle Rittenhouse Shooting Victim Gaige Grosskreutz Testifies in Court

The testimony underscores the prosecutors’ challenge in disproving a self-defense claim. Gaige Grosskreutz, who was armed, was shot while responding to an earlier shooting.

#grosskreutz-gaige, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #self-defense

Man Shot by Kyle Rittenhouse Describes the Encounter on a Kenosha Street

The testimony underscores the prosecutors’ challenge in disproving a self-defense claim. Gaige Grosskreutz, who was armed, was shot while responding to an earlier shooting.

#grosskreutz-gaige, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #self-defense

4 Takeaways From the Kyle Rittenhouse Homicide Trial

On the fourth day of the trial, jurors were shown graphic videos from the chaotic night in 2020 when shootings broke out after demonstrations in Kenosha, Wis.

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Clashing Portrayals of Kyle Rittenhouse in Testimony on Kenosha Shootings

Prosecutors described Mr. Rittenhouse as an out-of-town visitor who was armed illegally during tense protests over policing in Kenosha, Wis. His defense team said he was defending himself.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #self-defense

Jurors for Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Are Swiftly Selected

The judge pushed back against comments from potential jurors who said they had read and talked too much about the shootings that took place during unrest in Kenosha County, Wis.

#jury-system, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle

A Timeline of the Kyle Rittenhouse Case

Here are the events that led to Mr. Rittenhouse, 18, standing trial in the fatal shootings of two men and the wounding of another in Kenosha, Wis.

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s Homicide Trial Will Be a Debate Over Self-Defense

Mr. Rittenhouse was 17 when he went to Kenosha, Wis., amid protests against police violence. He fatally shot two men and wounded another who were pursuing him.

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #firearms, #huber-anthony-d-2020, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #self-defense

The Kyle Rittenhouse Trial, Explained

Mr. Rittenhouse will stand trial for the shootings of three men — two of whom died — in the aftermath of demonstrations in Kenosha, Wis.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #huber-anthony-d-2020, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020

Reconstructing the Rittenhouse Shootings: How Kenosha Echoed America’s Polarization

In the months leading up to Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial for killing two people, we analyzed hours of footage and interviewed key witnesses from that fatal night in Kenosha, Wis., to understand how the country’s polarization set the scene for violence.

#kenosha-wis, #rittenhouse-kyle, #wisconsin

Before Kyle Rittenhouse’s Murder Trial, a Debate Over Terms Like ‘Victim’

Legal experts said the term “victim” could appear prejudicial during self-defense cases. Mr. Rittenhouse shot three men, killing two, during protests against police violence in Kenosha, Wis.

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #huber-anthony-d-2020, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #proud-boys, #rittenhouse-kyle, #rosenbaum-joseph-d-2020, #self-defense

Kyle Rittenhouse and the New Era of Political Violence

What brought the teenager and so many others to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin equipped for war?

#antifa-movement-us, #black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kenosha-wis, #politics-and-government, #rittenhouse-kyle

Officer Who Gave $25 to Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Loses Job

Lt. William Kelly of the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia was relieved of duty by city officials, who said his support for the Kenosha, Wis., shooting suspect undermined the public’s trust in law enforcement.

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #crowdfunding-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #distributed-denial-of-secrets, #kelly-william, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #norfolk-va, #police, #police-department-norfolk-va, #rittenhouse-kyle

No Charges Against Kenosha Officer in Jacob Blake Shooting

The shooting last August sparked protests and rioting, making Kenosha a flash point in a summer of unrest that began with the killing of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kenosha-wis, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle, #sheskey-rusten-kenosha-wis-police-officer

Kyle Rittenhouse, Accused of Killing 2 in Kenosha, Freed on $2 Million Bail

The 17-year-old was captured on video shooting three people during protests in Kenosha, Wis., over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kenosha-wis, #rittenhouse-kyle

Bail for Kyle Rittenhouse Set at $2 Million in Kenosha Protest Shooting

The father of one of the men who died in the shooting said Mr. Rittenhouse was a flight risk, and “thinks he’s above the law.”

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kenosha-wis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle

Kyle Rittenhouse Must Go to Wisconsin for Trial, Illinois Judge Rules

Mr. Rittenhouse, 17, is accused of shooting three protesters, two fatally, during a protest against the police in Kenosha, Wis.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #illinois, #kenosha-wis, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle

When Armed Vigilantes Are Summoned With a Few Keystrokes

Kevin Mathewson, who quickly organized the Kenosha Guard on Facebook, said the Wisconsin city’s police were outnumbered during protests. The streets turned deadly after his call to arms.

#blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kenosha-wis, #mathewson-kevin, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rittenhouse-kyle