December 3, 2021

Reuters ICYMI – From lockdowns to gun control, the public faces polarizing times ahead

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The prosecution and defense wait for the judge and the jury to start the day for Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., November 16, 2021. Sean Krajacic/Pool via REUTERS
A jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday on all charges related to his fatal shooting of two men and wounding of a third with a military-style rifle during last year’s racial justice protests in Wisconsin, determining that he acted in self-defense. The trial opened up another major front in America’s longstanding debate over gun violence and the right to bear arms, with many concerned that the decision sets precedence for a new wave of armed vigilantism.

Meanwhile in Austria, residents shared their thoughts on yet another contentious issue after the government announced a lockdown for people who are not vaccinated.“Vaccinations should be mandatory” said one man while waiting in a long line to get his third jab. “If a disease is capable of paralyzing a country then the necessary steps have to be taken.” This week, Austria became the first European country to re-enter complete lockdown since the public began getting vaccinated. 
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