America as a nation is in need of deep self reflection over gun laws amid teenager Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, according to Cypress College’s Professor Peter Matthews.

It comes after the 18-year-old was found not guilty after being charged with two counts of homicide, one attempted homicide and two counts of recklessly endangering safety after fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020.

Lawyers for Rittenhouse argued the teenager was within his rights to bring the AR-15 weapon and acted out of self-defence when attacked.

Prof Matthews identified Mr Rittenhouse being allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle and carry out vigilante justice as the “main problem” surrounding gun laws in the country.

“How could he even think he had that right,” Prof Matthews said.

“Because there have been too many forces around in this country recently released to give that kind of right to people with impunity to say that I’m going to defend myself regardless of whatever anyone else says – and I can arm myself as as well.

“There’s too easy access to guns in the United States of America.”

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