By: Teresa Mull
State Rep. Bruce Griffey’s (R), of Tennessee, has introduced a self-defense bill to make it so the state must reimburse people wrongfully accused of homicide.
Griffey is calling the bill “Kyle’s Law,” in honor of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who, despite the mainstream mob gunning for his guilt, was acquitted of all homicide after acting out of self-defense during a riot in Wisconsin last year.
Rittenhouse’s defense was aided by the National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR), who raised and donated $76,000 to Kyle and his defense. NFGR raised money for his defense long before any other gun group would talk about the case, and made sure the money went directly to Kyle and his mother.
During an interview, Griffey said of House Bill 1769:
“Luckily, Kyle Rittenhouse was rightfully acquitted of all charges. But not after thousands of dollars were expended on attorney fees for his legal defense, reputational damage was incurred and emotional stress was suffered. Kyle Rittenhouse can never fully be made whole for what he was forced to endure, but under the law I’m proposing, if someone in TN is placed in the same situation as Kyle Rittenhouse in the future, he/she can at least be financially compensated. My bill will help deter what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse from happening to someone in Tennessee and will help protect the right of Tennesseans to self-defense.”
In a message to NFGR supporters, Kyle said:
“Thank you [to National Foundation for Gun Rights supporters] for all the support you have given from day one, and the generous donations to help not just me but my entire team and family. Without your generous support, we could not have gotten so far or beaten the charges against me.”
Teresa Mull (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.