Literally nothing Kyle Rittenhouse does escapes notice. All of the usual suspects do literally everything they can to paint anything he’s involved in as somehow dark, nefarious, and deeply, deeply concerning. An easy tipoff is the apparent self-imposed minimum quota editors place on the use of terms like “far right” in any article they publish about him.
The latest spate of news of note is that Rittenhouse has founded a new gun rights org here in Texas. The left-leaning Texas Tribune made sure to use all of the requisite tropes in their report.
Now, Rittenhouse is creating a nonprofit in the state — with help from well-connected, far-right political actors.
They managed to jimmy in the term “right-wing,” mention two dead BLM-ers, secessionism, “ultraconservative,” un-named (and by implication somehow shady) “far-right political actors,” and tied Rittenhouse to Texas’s impeached Attorney General…all within three very brief paragraphs. Impressive.
The UK’s Independent took much the same slanted tack on the story.
None of these
hit pieces reports shed much light on what the newly founded Rittenhouse Foundation’s raison d’être really is beyond quoting a blurb the new nonprofit filed with the state . . .
In a July 23 filing with the Texas secretary of state’s office, he described “The Rittenhouse Foundation” as a nonprofit that “protects human and civil rights secured by law, including an individual’s inalienable right to bear arms” and “ensures the Second Amendment is preserved through education and legal assistance.”
Uh huh. Since we were curious about how Kyle and the new foundation’s directors envision The Rittenhouse Foundation’s goals and mission, we talked to TRF board member Chris McNutt last night. McNutt is also the president of Texas Gun Rights.
We wanted to know how The Rittenhouse Foundation will be different from other gun rights orgs that are already out there doing very good work. It turns out that TRF’s mission will be very different from those of orgs like FPC, SAF, GOA, NAGR. The Rittenhouse Foundation’s work will be much more narrowly focused on supporting individuals after they defend themselves with firearms.
Kyle obviously endured a seismically high-profile and arduous battle in defending himself against the murder and other charges against him after his defensive gun use on the streets of Kenosha. Some deep-pocketed individuals and gun rights orgs supported him through that process, but it was a long, very difficult slog. And while he was found not guilty on all charges, he’s still fighting the battle to this day in civil court cases brought by Gaige Grosskreutz and others).
McNutt told us that TRF will look for and give financial support to worthy individuals who have similarly defended themselves using their Second Amendment rights, but who are now fighting criminal and civil battles as a result of their defensive gun use. It’s still very early days for the new org (they don’t have a web site up yet), and it’s possible that TRF’s mission may expand to other areas of Second Amendment advocacy and support as the org gets up and running.
We’re told TRF has attracted substantial funding from some very deep-pocketed individuals who care about and support the Second Amendment and don’t want to see others put through the wringer the same way Rittenhouse was. None of the new org’s funds will be going to help Rittenhouse defend himself in the civil suits he’s facing.
In the mean time, it will be interesting to watch how The Rittenhouse Foundation gets up and going and how they choose the individuals they’ll decide to back. We’ll be watching to see what that looks like in practice. Stay tuned.