Kyle Rittenhouse launches YouTube channel for 'great content' on guns
The Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter launches a page promoting guns and his love for the second amendment.
Kyle Rittenhouse has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to his passion for firearms and the Second Amendment. The Kenosha shooter published his first video on Sunday, expressing to fans his excitement to create content about "guns and talking the 2nd amendment."
He appeared in a 35-second teaser trailer alongside a fellow guns-rights advocate to promote what they called "great content".
In the channel's bio, the 19-year-old doesn't shy away from mentioning his bloody past. "You might remember me as the kid who defended himself with a firearm during the 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin," Rittenhouse wrote.
Rittenhouse appear's to use a handgun to shoot at targets just feet away from him while donning a 'don't tread on me' t-shirt. 'Thank you guys so much for continuing to support me, and I'll see you guys in the videos to come," Rittenhouse says to end the video.
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The controversially acquitted adolescent claims in his video app bio that his goal in launching the channel is to become an expert on the subject of guns. "Join me in my journey to learn everything I can about new and vintage firearms and help to defend the Second Amendment," the bio states. The teenager received roughly 40,000 new subscribers within hours of publishing his video.
In his first video, he invited Brandon Herrera, better known as 'The AK Guy' to help him with his first post. Herrera, a conservative content maker with over two million followers, also collaborated with Rittenhouse on a video titled "The AK Guy and The Kenosha Kid."
The roughly 19-minute video, which Herrera posted to his YouTube page, depicts the two discussing communists, his first post-jail meal, and his legal issues even after the verdict. "It's been hard," Rittenhouse says. "I still have legal bills to pay, I'm still paying lawyers to help defend myself," with complete disregard for the blood he had spilled.
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Both also browsed through memes and social media posts that stemmed from the trial where the teenager was found not guilty. The National Association for Gun Rights also released a video of the two firing machine guns from a helicopter. Since its debut on October 12, that video has received 196,000 views. On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and wounded another man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse was acquitted on murder charges in November 2021 related to the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum of Kenosha and Anthony Huber of Silver Lake. He was also charged with shooting Gaige Grosskreutz.
Instead of being punished for possessing arms that took the lives of innocent individuals, Rittenhouse became a celebrity of sorts among the political right as a gun rights advocate. He recently appeared at an event organized by Turning Point USA, a group whose "mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government."
Rittenhouse was also invited on right-leaning television programs and stations and even had the chance to meet former President Donald Trump.