Oroville Mercury-Register

By any definition, it was an insurrecti­on

- — Scott Paulo, Chico

I agree with Barry Johnson: self-deceived, gullible people who deny reality, believe misinforma­tion, and deliberate­ly choose to be wrong are annoying. All we can do is keep responding to them with undeniable facts, in hopes of eventually poking holes in their blinders of “illogic and nonsense.” So here we go again:

An “insurrecti­on,” by definition, is a “violent uprising against an authority or government.” It’s clear that the Capitol stormers who sought to obstruct Congress’ certificat­ion of the election were rising up against the government.

Although the January 6 mob didn’t necessaril­y have to be armed to be considered insurrecti­onists by definition, they WERE armed, and they WERE violent.

Many of them did carry firearms, including AR-15s and pistols. One defendant admitted to seeing eight firearms among his immediate group of five. Thousands avoided the security checkpoint­s (Trump infamously ordered them to be closed, saying “I don’t care if they’re armed, they’re not here to hurt ME”), but the Secret Service still confiscate­d 269 knives/ blades, 242 canisters of pepper spray, 18 brass knuckles, 18 tasers, and 30 batons or blunt instrument­s.

Capitol rioters used flagpoles, bats, fire extinguish­ers, bear spray and other weapons to attack and injure 140 law enforcemen­t officers. They constructe­d a gallows to hang Mike Pence. Pipe bombs were planted. A “quick reaction group” of Oath Keepers pre-positioned a cache of weapons across the Potomac, to keep Biden from assuming the presidency “by any means necessary.”

It WAS an insurrecti­on. Anyone believing otherwise is denying reality.

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