President Joe Biden, along with many other Democrats, has called for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” or, at the very least, to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 for the purchase of any rifle or shotgun.
Kyle Rittenhouse, who famously used an AR-15-style rifle to defend himself from assailants at a 2020 riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, reminded everyone this week that he might not be alive now if those proposals had actually been the law at that time, the Daily Caller reported.
Might not be alive today under Biden’s proposals
The reminder from Rittenhouse came Thursday night on Twitter and was in response to a speech that President Biden had just delivered that outlined some of his demands for new gun control laws.
Rittenhouse first tweeted, “‘The right of people to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed,’ Joe.”
Just a few moments later, the young man wrote, “I am alive today because I was able to protect myself.”
Rittenhouse’s justifiable self-defense
Indeed, the then-18-year-old Rittenhouse had gone armed with a rifle and first-aid kit to help protect private businesses and render assistance to injured protesters during violent anti-police protests and riots in Kenosha in 2020.
He was ultimately compelled to use that rifle to defend himself from multiple attackers who targeted him, killing two and wounding a third, including fatally shooting one who hit him in the head with a skateboard and grievously wounding another who had aimed a handgun at him.
Rittenhouse was eventually acquitted at trial of murder and attempted murder charges related to that incident, as it was determined that his possession of the rifle was lawful and that he had been justified in using deadly force in self-defense against his physical assailants.
Biden calls for an “assault weapons” ban, raising the firearm purchase age to 21
That situation might have ended drastically different for Rittenhouse had the new laws proposed by President Biden and others been in place at that time — though an argument can be made that Rittenhouse may not have even attended the protests and riots in the first place if he had been unable to arm himself with a rifle for self-defense purposes.
During Biden’s Thursday speech that Rittenhouse had tweeted in response to, the president said, “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21.”
To be sure, while such a prohibition might prevent would-be mass shooters between 18-20 from using a rifle to commit their murderous deeds — odds are they would simply obtain one illegally or use a different weapon to similar deadly effect — the prohibition would definitely succeed in infringing upon the Second Amendment-protected rights of tens of millions of otherwise good and lawful 18-20-year-olds.
That is an unacceptable and unconstitutional tradeoff that nobody should support. Unfortunately, however, Biden and his Democratic gun-grabber comrades have proven time and again that they don’t care one bit about what is permitted under the Constitution or would be accepted by lawful gun owners.