Kyle Rittenhouse Lawyer Says ‘There’s Too Many Guns in Our Society’

Mark Richards, the lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, has said too many people “run around with guns” only hours after his client was acquitted of charges related to fatal shootings in Kenosha last year.

“I know people will go nuts when I say this—but there’s too many guns in our society,” Richards told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Friday.

Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty on all charges over the shootings of August 25, 2020, during protests in the Wisconsin city that erupted after police shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, two days earlier.

Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-15-type rifle during the protests and the prosecution had depicted him as a vigilante.

Rittenhouse acknowledged fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, but Richards had argued it was in self-defense.

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Mark Richards, Kyle Rittenhouse’s lead attorney at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 15, 2021 in Wisconsin. He told CNN there were “too many guns” in society.
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Cuomo asked Richards if he thought that current law in which there was “no duty to retreat” made it “too easy to kill in self-defense?”

Richards replied, “I think too many people run around with guns in our society,” as he admitted owning firearms although he didn’t conceal carry. “I don’t want to carry a firearm.”

“I represent a lot of people who have legal conceal carry permits who get into it, they pull the gun and there’s problems from there, whether they’re under the influence of alcohol or they use it to threaten somebody.

“I wish our society wasn’t perceived as being so dangerous that people needed to arm themselves,” Richards told the Cuomo Prime Time host.

“I’m old enough when I remember you couldn’t carry a gun,” he added.

In the same interview, Richards said that Rittenhouse had wished “a hundred times over” he had never gone to Kenosha on the night of the fatal shootings, although he added that his client did not have “regret for what he did that night under those circumstances.”

Karen Bloom and John Huber, the parents of Huber, the second person shot, said the acquittal sends an “unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people.”

As well as dividing the country, the Rittenhouse trial had highlighted political fractures, with many Democrats condemning the verdict while Republicans insisting justice had been done.

Friday’s acquittal prompted a strong reaction from far-right groups and calls to take up arms, according to the left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters.

When asked if he was concerned that Rittenhouse would become “a stooge of that fringe” Richards replied: “Kyle is going to have some hard choices, in his life, about the direction he goes, and what he stands for.”

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