In a nation deeply divided along political and ideological lines, the manner in which an American exercises his or her constitutional rights can lead to conflict or opposition.
The case of Kyle Rittenhouse has been seen by some Second Amendment advocates as such an example, with the teen facing a $2 million bond for charges including homicide related to a shooting during riots earlier this year, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
The charges against him
Rittenhouse was armed when he opened fire on protesters in August during what he has since claimed was an act of self-defense.
The seven-figure bond amount was announced on Monday by a Kenosha County court commissioner and came on the heels of the 17-year-old’s extradition from his home state of Illinois to Wisconsin, where he is set to stand trial for shooting three individuals, killing two.
He is facing a count of first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting death of Anthony Huber, who reportedly attacked him with a skateboard and attempted to take away his rifle, according to the Kenosha News.
Prosecutors are seeking a first-degree reckless homicide charge for the shooting death of Joseph Rosenbaum, who allegedly chased Rittenhouse and attempted to physically assault him prior to the shooting.
Rittenhouse also faces a charge of attempted first-degree homicide for shooting and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, who was reportedly armed with a handgun when he approached the defendant.
“They didn’t deserve to be killed”
The Antioch, Illinois, resident reportedly traveled to Kenosha on Aug. 25, carrying both a rifle and a medical bag in an apparent effort to stand guard over local businesses following two nights of civil unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys have argued that his use of lethal force was warranted, and a number of public figures have spoken out in some form of defense for his actions after viewing video footage of the incident.
Of course, prosecutors and those close to the victims have argued for a harsh sentence. John Huber, the father of one victim, asked the judge to set Rittenhouse’s bond at least twice as high as the number ultimately announced this week.
Huber called the defendant an “active shooter” and dismissed claims that the shooting was justified.
“It’s not about self-defense,” Huber said. “My son was killed. Another man was killed. They didn’t deserve to be killed. And we don’t have that society where we just let people kill people.”