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GOP Lawmaker Praises Kenosha Shooter’s ‘Restraint’ For Not Emptying Magazine During Shooting

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GOP Lawmaker Praises Kenosha Shooter’s ‘Restraint’ For Not Emptying Magazine During Shooting




Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie sparked outrage online Thursday after he praised 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with homicide in the shooting deaths of two men in Kenosha, Wis., for exhibiting “incredible restraint” by not firing all his rounds into the crowd, adding: “I would not convict him of a single one of these charges.”

“He also exhibited incredible restraint and presence and situational awareness,” Massie reportedly said on a radio show hosted by Tom Roten.



“He didn’t empty a magazine into a crowd,” he added. “There were people around him who could have caused him harm, but as soon as they showed any sign of retreat or nonaggression, he did not shoot them. He exhibited more restraint than a lot of the police videos I’ve seen.”

Massie went on to say there needs to be a review of the Jacob Blake shooting, which sparked the protests in the city.

“It needs to be reviewed, everybody gets a trial,” he said. “Frankly, I am not as aware of that situation as of the Rittenhouse situation.”

Blake was shot seven times in the back by a police officer who trailed him to an SUV with his weapon drawn. The shots were fired after Blake opened the door to the SUV.




Police say Rittenhouse shot and killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded a third man on the third night of protests.

Last week, prosecutors in Wisconsin charged Rittenhouse with one count each of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide as well as two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

Massie said Thursday that Huber was trying to “attack” Rittenhouse and the teen “responded in self-defense.”

“I would not convict him of a single one of these charges,” Massie said.





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