Kyle Rittenhouse Lawyer: My Client Legally Possessed Rifle in Wisconsin

Kyle Rittenhouse legally possessed a firearm last Tuesday in Wisconsin, said John Pierce, an attorney representing Kyle Rittenhouse, offering his remarks in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak.

Rittenhouse was arrested last Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two people during the previous night’s riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Pollak asked how Rittenhouse obtained a firearm.

“Wisconsin is an open carry state,” replied Pierce. “You’ve seen the video of what was going on in that city. It was a war zone, and Kyle had every right — just as much a right — to be there as the people that were trying to burn down that city, and he was attempting to protect property and attempting to be there to provide medical aid.”

Pierce added, “Every person that has any sense at all is going to take a weapon to that location. It was a legal weapon. I can’t comment right now further on the specifics of where the weapon was obtained. It was obtained as a legal weapon. It did not cross state lines. That charge is incorrect as a matter of law in Wisconsin. Actually, that weapon can be possessed by anyone 16 years or older.”


Pollak asked, “People are wondering why he would come to a violent scene. Was he looking to be a hero? Was he looking for confrontation? What was his motivation?”

“Kyle was not there looking for a fight,” Pierce remarked. “He is a great kid who serves as a community lifeguard in Kenosha. He was there to protect businesses that were being destroyed and burned to the ground. He was also there to provide medical aid to protesters and others who might be wounded. He actually took a first aid kit there to help wounded protesters, which he did repeatedly.”

Pierce continued, “Of course, Kenosha was burning, and he took a rifle so that he could protect himself if he needed to — and to protect property and to protect others. This is one hundred percent self-defense. It’s not even close. Kyle was actually attempting to put out a dumpster fire that the rioters had set.”

Pierce went on, “The rioters got enraged by that. Kyle actually attempted to retreat. He was chased down by attackers that were repeatedly stating that he should be killed. They came at him lightning-fast and attempted to begin striking him and wrestling with this rifle with an intent to kill. He had no choice but to fire his weapon and protect himself.”

Pollak asked, “Could he have helped these people with the medical kit without bringing a gun, and is that something he thought about doing?”

Pierce said Rittenhouse would have been killed had his client been unarmed. 

Pollak inquired, “If that was the danger though, why did he go? If you can’t show up to a situation without a weapon, why go?”

Pierce held, “If we take that line of thinking, then the anarchists have won. He has every right to be in the community that he works in. We cannot turn over our cities to people who simply want to burn them to the ground.”

Pollak remarked, “If everybody showed up with guns, if everybody applied the same principle and decided they were going to enforce law and order. What would the result of that be for our society?”

Pierce determined, “If every law-abiding American showed up in the city that they loved with an AR-15, the chaos would stop immediately.”

Pollak asked if Rittenhouse belonged to any militia.

Pierce responded, “I am not aware of any such facts. … This is something that a lot of people are not aware of, but this is actually the law under Title 10 Section 246 of the United States Code, actually, every able-bodied male in the United States between ages 17 and 45 is actually part of the United States militia, and that is provided for under the Constitution and Congress has enacted that statute.”

Pierce addressed a possible plea deal: “We’re going to trial we’re going to win this case. If I’m the prosecutor, I drop these charges immediately. I think that this is a rush of judgment, and if I was the prosecutor, I would be terrified to take this case to trial. I do not believe that there’s a jury in this country that’s going to look at these facts and is going to find him guilty for murder.”

“It’s absolute 100 percent self-defense, and we’re going to prove it if we have to,” concluded Pierce. “It was legal for him to possess that weapon in Wisconsin.”

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Scott Walker: Tony Evers Sent 125 National Guard to Kenosha, Thousands Were Needed

Former Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) said Gov. Tony Evers (D-WI) initially deployed about 125 members of Wisconsin’s National Guard to Kenosha, when thousands were needed, offering his remarks on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Walker assessed the risk of rioting in Kenosha as high following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man. He reflected on an incident he addressed as governor in August of 2016 in Milwaukee, WI, where a black man was fatally shot by an officer.

Walker said, “I can look at what I did several years ago, when Milwaukee had what could have been a situation like this — an officer shooting an African-American gentleman, actually both the officer and the gentleman were African American. It really could have lit up. I talked immediately to the mayor [and] to the sheriff at that time. The mayor of Milwaukee didn’t want assistance. The sheriff, David Clarke, did.”

Walker coordinated a response to the 2016 incident involving the state’s national guard, state and local police, and clergy.

“We sent members of the Wisconsin State Patrol in to help the sheriff at the park where this was all happening,” recalled Walker. “We immediately sent in members of the Wisconsin National Guard, and put them a couple of minutes away — a few blocks away — in a transit center, and then we worked with local clergy who were just spectacular. They came out on the streets and helped calm the situation.”


Walker advised, “TI suggested four days ago, [Kenosha] needed a couple thousand National Guard members, not 100 or 125, or whatever the initial number was. They needed law enforcement assistance from all the local communities, which has stepped up, despite the governor, and they needed federal help.”

Walker noted Evers’ initial unwillingness to accept offers of federal assistance from President Donald Trump while praising Rep. Bryan  Steil (R-WI), who represents Wisconsin’s 1st District, which includes Kenosha County.

“Thank God for Congress and Bryan Steil, who reached out to talk to local officials and actually called the White House,” Walker stated. “They hadn’t gotten a call from the governor. In fact, the governor at first didn’t call Mark Meadows back, just to show you what a what a crazy situation this was.”

Walker noted that Evers initially rejected offers of help from Trump to dispatch federal authorities to restore and preserve order. He said Evers reversed course when local Democrat officials urged him to.

“The local officials, including many who are Democrats, to their credit, they don’t want this in Kenosha,” said Walker. “They care about their people, and finally, once the president said yes, after they came back and said they’d accepted, then and only then did we start to see things quiet down.”

Walker concluded, “[Kenosha] is still little on edge, but thank God for President Trump saying, ‘We will help take care of you,’ and as he pointed out again yesterday, all you have got to do is call. [Trump] legally needs to have requests from folks at the state and local level. We can take care of problems anywhere in the country. This president is ready and able to do that, but the people in distress need to call.”

Breitbart News Daily broadcasts live on SiriusXM Patriot 125 weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern.


WATCH: Man Shot in Head at Kenosha Riots

A man was shot in the head in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night, as riots swept through the city for a third consecutive night.

The incident occurred just before midnight local time as semi-automatic gunfire erupted in what appeared to be the parking lot of an auto-repair shop.


It’s unclear whether the man was a part of the riot, or who shot him. However, according to independent journalist and investigative reporter Drew Hernandez, a car was lit on fire by rioters at the parking lot where the man was shot, “in retaliation.” Such an event could indicate the man was shot by the owner of the business, but that has not been confirmed.

Blaze reporter Elijah Schaffer reported that the man who was shot in the head was attempting to loot the car dealership. However, as of the time of this writing, that has not been independently confirmed by Breitbart.

Schaffer also reported that witnesses told police that “boogaloo boy militia” with long guns shot the man.

The report about the victim being shot by a man guarding a business was collaborated by investigative reporter and independent journalist Drew Hernandez.

“It appears an armed citizen was defending the car dealership and opened fire on the rioter who was attempting to vandalize or burn the dealership down,” Hernandez wrote on Twitter. “Before this shooting took place, the rioters were planning to burn down their ‘next car dealership.’”

In another, possibly related incident, a large group began chasing a man with a rifle down a street. The man falls and is attacked. However, he manages to roll with his rifle and shoots a man who tried to take his weapon away from him. Then, he appears to shoot another man at near point-blank range.

Townhall’s Julio Rosas shared video of gruesome arm wounds suffered by a man after one of the shootings.


“Kenosha has been marred by violent unrest since police shot Jacob Blake several times in the back while responding to a domestic incident on Sunday,” the UPI reported. “An eyewitness said that police told Blake to “drop the knife,” though he himself did not witness Blake carrying a knife.”

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Video Shows Jacob Blake Brawling with Police Before Shooting

Cell phone footage shows Jacob Blake entangled in a physical scuffle with police prior to being shot as he ignored officers’ warnings and reached inside his car.

The new video was published by the Daily Mail, which describes Blake “wrestling with at least two Kenosha officers” immediately before the shooting.

Local news in Wisconsin reports that Blake was charged by Kenosha County prosecutors prior to his altercation with the police on accusations of sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.

An arrest warrant had been issued on July 7th, although it is unclear if the encounter with police officers that led to his shooting was linked to that warrant.

Blake had a history of resisting arrest, having previously done so when officers attempted to arrest him following an incident in which he pulled a gun on bar patrons in Racine, a town just north of Kenosha, in 2015.

The shooting of Blake and subsequent hospitalization has led to a second outbreak of riots, looting, and violence in American cities, with the epicenter in Kenosha itself, a county that voted for Donald Trump by a slim margin in 2016.

150 members of the Wisconsin National Guard have been deployed to Kenosha, although rioters appear to be undaunted, continuing to lay waste to vehicles and local businesses for the second night in a row.

The Democrat governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, called the shooting an “attack against a Black man” and claimed, “racism is a public health crisis.”

On the day of the shooting, Gov. Evers said that he “stand[s] against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites,” despite admitting that “we do not have all of the details yet.”

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WATCH: Shots Fired as Rioters Torch Businesses Near Residential Neighborhoods in Kenosha

Rampant arson and looting continued in Kenosha, Wisconsin for a second night, as rioters focused their destruction on small businesses in residential neighborhoods.

Just after 11 PM local time, rioters set fire to a warehouse at the end of a street that was next to a row of houses. Footage showed the fire and the videographer warning residents to call the fire department given the delayed response times.


Rioters also torched a youth Department of Corrections facility.

As the fires burned shots rang out as some business owners and, reportedly, even some protesters, began trying to turn arsonists away from the small businesses and residential neighborhoods.

When confronted by a citizen who asked them why they were channeling their anger at police by hurting local businesses, protesters countered by saying that this was their way of dealing with the police.

For the second night in a row, Antifa appeared in Kenosha with firearms.

The violence sweeping across Kenosha was triggered by an incident on Sunday evening where police officers responding to a domestic incident shot a black man seven times in the back as he walked away from them and refused a lawful order to stop,


As the AP reports:

In the video posted on social media that appeared to show the shooting from across a street, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at the man, who appeared to be Black, as he walked around the front of an SUV parked on the street. As the man opened the driver’s side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle. Seven shots could be heard on the video, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.

Following the shooting, social media posts showed neighbors gathering in the surrounding streets and hurling comments at police. Some could be heard chanting, ‘No justice, no peace.’

The National Guard was called in by the governor to help quell the violence. Jacob Blake, the man shot by the police, is receiving care at a local hospital.

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