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Fri Oct 1, 2021, 05:58 AM

Trump Extremists Brought Numerous Guns on January 6, Evidence Shows


Trump Extremists Brought Numerous Guns on January 6, Evidence Shows
Rioters at the Capitol carried concealed pistols, allegedly stockpiled weapons nearby, and called for overthrowing the US government.
Mark Follman, Dan Friedman, Ryan Little, and Sam Van Pykeren16 hours ago


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This attempted political cover-up has hinged on another specific claim: that no one who stormed the Capitol brought guns.

“This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me,” Johnson said five weeks after the attack, adding, “When you think of armed, don’t you think of firearms?” During the May hearings, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona claimed “zero firearms” were found among suspects charged with breaching the Capitol. “There were no guns whatsoever,” former President Trump declared repeatedly during a Fox News interview in July.

Evidence of numerous firearms among January 6 perpetrators shows those claims to be false. A Mother Jones investigation drawing on public video footage, congressional testimony, and documents from more than a dozen federal criminal cases reveals that various Trump supporters descended on DC that day armed for battle with guns and other potentially lethal weapons. At least three people arrested in connection with the insurrection are facing charges for carrying firearms on Capitol grounds. At least eight others carried knives or tasers at the Capitol, including two defendants who allegedly committed assaults with tasers, according to FBI and court documents. Multiple others arrested downtown and in the vicinity of the Capitol had rifles, pistols, explosive materials, and large supplies of ammunition. And communications among numerous January 6 suspects detailed in court documents indicate that many of their fellow insurrectionists were armed with guns.

Evidence disclosed in court filings suggests that some defendants may have decided against bringing guns to the Capitol due to strict DC gun laws. But many other participants that day apparently were undeterred.

“Over the radio I heard our gun recovery unit working constantly,” testified DC Metropolitan police officer Daniel Hodges during late July hearings held by the House Select Committee investigating January 6. “Multiple gun arrests were made from January 5th through the 7th against those attending, likely had attended, or planned to attend Donald Trump’s gathering.” (A spokesperson for the DC police declined to specify the total number of firearms arrests stemming from January 6, but it appears to be at least six.) In his testimony, Hodges also described fearing that law enforcement would have been perilously outnumbered had they acted more aggressively against suspected armed extremists. “Unfortunately, due to the course of events that day we will never know exactly how many were carrying firearms and other lethal weapons.”


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https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2021/09/trump-extremists-guns-january-6-insurrection-congress-domestic-terrorism/

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babylonsister Oct 2021 OP
empedocles Oct 2021 #1
ancianita Oct 2021 #2
bucolic_frolic Oct 2021 #3
IronLionZion Oct 2021 #4
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Fri Oct 1, 2021, 06:28 AM

1. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

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Fri Oct 1, 2021, 07:22 AM

2. The war of interpretations continues.

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Fri Oct 1, 2021, 07:40 AM

3. Sounds like an insurrection to me

though some probably thought it the Alamo

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 08:00 AM

4. Typical tourist behavior

or terrorist. Republicans know the difference is brown and white.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 10:33 AM

5. Anybody who is surprised has not been paying attention...

There may not have been much outright shooting, but if you think there were no guns there not carried by the police you are naive in the extreme.

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