What’s Really Wrong About the Kyle Rittenhouse Case?

Scott Snyder
4 min readNov 11, 2021

Self-defense, versus he should have never been there

Kyle Rittenhouse-Courtesy of NY Times and Jaun English News USA

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is turning into a bit of a horror show, as of late.

Many of you may have seen the commercial, advertising a popular insurance company. It depicts a group of victims in a horror movie, making bad decisions that lead to their demise. Because that’s what you do in horror movies — right? You make bad decisions.

So did Kyle Rittenhouse. His decision to travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin — his decision to act as a first responder and render first aid to victims of the Kenosha riots — and his decision to take a loaded AR-15, have put him right in the middle of a murder trial that should have never happened in the first place.

Rittenhouse is on trial for the murder of two men, and the shooting of another, during the evening of August 25, 2020. He had traveled there with friends, after seeing the ongoing Kenosha riots on television. He and his companions made the decision to travel to Kenosha, with two ideas in mind. They planned on rendering first-aid, and they planned on helping to put out small fires that were being ignited by protesters. Rittenhouse took along his medical bag that he carried in his vehicle, after he previously received training in first-aid. He also took a loaded AR-15 assault rifle that was purchased by his close friend Dominick Black. Rittenhouse was too young to purchase the weapon himself, so he gave Black the money to purchase it for him. The weapon was kept at Black’s house, allegedly in a gun safe. Among the charges facing Rittenhouse, is a charge for illegal open carry, as he was too young to possess the AR-15.

I’ve been watching the Rittenhouse trial on Court TV over the past few days. Yesterday, Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand in his own defense. He stated that he brought the rifle along, in the event that he needed protection. After arriving in Kenosha, he and his friends met up with other armed citizens who planned on protecting Car Source, a used car business in the city. That’s where things began to unravel.

Things start to get ugly

As friction began to increase in Kenosha that evening — as businesses and dumpsters and outhouses were set ablaze, Rittenhouse and his…



Scott Snyder

I live in Oregon. I’m a retired Police Officer and Forensic Child Interviewer. Writing and music are two of my passions.