A conservative gun rights group earlier this week announced that it is fundraising to support the legal defense fees of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday.
On the same day Rittenhouse was charged, the National Foundation for Gun Rights released a statement announcing its campaign to assist him, saying he was ambushed by "an angry mob of rioters, and tackled to the ground."
"We fully support law-abiding citizens and their right to defend themselves from violent Antifa thugs," Dudley Brown, the group's executive director, said. "Kyle was doing his best to protect business owners from losing their entire livelihoods when criminal actors instigated violence against him. Unfortunately for them, Kyle was armed with an AR-15 and their rocks, skateboards, and handguns stood no chance against his well-placed shots."
The gun rights advocacy group's statement went on to call it a "sad day in America" to see Rittenhouse arrested and charged for "defending himself against violent attackers."
Rittenhouse is being accused of fatally shooting two people, while injuring another when he opened fire after being attacked during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Other conservatives and gun rights groups have expressed their support for Rittenhouse, saying his actions were lawful and protected by the Second Amendment.
A fundraiser on Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo has raised more than $180,000 to lend aid to Rittenhouse.