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If the protestors weren't white, the outcome and response by the authorities would have been completely different.

41 ( +55 / -14 )

My God! Armed?  Is that the US? 

I am very happy to live in Japan. Clean and safe country!

24 ( +32 / -8 )

America appears to be on the slippery road to becoming a failed state. It wont be too much longer before the national and state governments are unable to fulfill the basic conditions and responsibilities of their sovereign roles.... The lunatics will then have complete control of the asylum...

27 ( +32 / -5 )

Regardless of the 'what ifs', it sounds as if the thing has been handled well, despite some irresponsible fanning of a volatile situation.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Democracy in action. Of course corrupt lawmakers are scared when the citizens show they have the real power.

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I am very happy to live in Japan. Clean and safe country!

There are many clean and safe places in the US, even if you’re a gun supporter. But this is more about the blowback the governor is getting. This all just helps the President in the end.

-41 ( +6 / -47 )

Terrorists like this should be arrested.

38 ( +47 / -9 )

I'm not into the whole showing off how cool you are by arming yourselves, but I do get how these people feel. Enough is enough time to end this lockdown nonsense.

I can understand why they asked people to stay at home and wear masks during the first month or so, but now as more facts have been revealed which show that the death rate is actually far lower than previously hyped. Certainly this coronavirus is no joke but it is not what the world media has scared people into thinking. Our world economy is going south fast and unless we change that it will get worse. Is that really worth it?

End this shelter in place now.

-17 ( +11 / -28 )

I understand their beef, which is still pretty stupid, but this situation shows why the right to carry laws are absolutely dangerous and asinine.

You've got a lot of extremely angry people walking in the capitol with guns. This can easily turn deadly.

The govt. needs to open their eyes and restrict these ridiculously lax gun laws. In this case, quite literally get shot if they don't.

27 ( +31 / -4 )

What could go wrong?

Leader of anti-coronavirus lockdown group that organized protests tests positive for COVID-19

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11494191/coronavirus-protest-leader-positive-north-carolina-lockdowns/

We know where these groups are coming from:

The Quiet Hand of Conservative Groups in the Anti-Lockdown Protests

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/us/politics/coronavirus-protests-trump.html

> Conservative groups — some with close connections to the White house — quietly nurture anti-lockdown protests

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-conservative-groups-anti-lockdown-protests-20200422-mj3idmbc2zaj5dod4fl4n66xxm-story.html

WH playbook: DISINFORMATION...DISTRACT, DEFLECT, DISTRUST, DENY, DELUDE, DEFRAUD

27 ( +30 / -3 )

they didnt do anything other than lawfully demand their rights under the Constitution. This should not be necessary and I hope this shelter in place is revised to consider Constitutional rights. those are not restricted or paused just because of a virus.

Terrorists like this should be arrested.

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White Privilege at its finest! I doubt an armed group consisting of entirely people of color would be treated so light-handedly!

23 ( +35 / -12 )

This is what you get when you encourage people to believe that all government is evil. Travis Bickle look-alikes entering government buildings demanding their "rights" with the implicit threat of armed action behind it. Probably in the belief that the most divisive president in US history supports them.

More protesters could be seen outside carrying signs, including one depicting Governor Gretchen Whitmer as Adolf Hitler.

If they wanted to depict anyone as Hitler, they should have used their own selfies.

19 ( +27 / -8 )

2nd Amendment armed militia arising against their government. Musters locked and loaded.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Take their personal information, then tell tem they have 3 minutes to exit the building and disperse or be taken into custody.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Threatening elected officials with guns isn't democracy nor is it the 2nd amendment thought out by the founding fathers.

18 ( +25 / -7 )

Just look at that photo - the perfect example of a crazed, violent anarchist. A gun toting nut who rampages through government buildings and terrorizes ordinary citizens.

All instigated by our President and his right wing "hate and fear" media machine.

What are you going to do with that AR15 Bubba, shoot a policeman or a lawmaker?

And this is what electing a failed reality TV host as President has brought us to - armed ISIS and Al Qaeda-like crazed mobs roving through our neighborhoods.

21 ( +28 / -7 )

were any of these people arrested? why not?

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'LIBERATE MICHIGAN'

How about 'liberating' Michigan and the other 49 states from the fascist Dictator Donnie and his violence-inducing fearmongering? How about 'liberating' America from this terrorism. And Donnie is the biggest terrorist threat to America!

These thuggish scum should've been arrested and Trump should be placed under citizen's arrest for inciting this violence.

1 ( +11 / -10 )

One word: 'murica.

And yup. Have the protesters being black or anything else not white, things would have gone waaaaaaay different.

12 ( +18 / -6 )

What happens when the enemy is something invisible your guns can't shoot dead...

6 ( +10 / -4 )

All of us should pinch ourselves and be thankful we dont live in that awful country. Shame on these despicable lowlives and thugs. Take away their guns and all you have are uneducated cowards.

5 ( +15 / -10 )

Two questions for Trump supporters....

If these anarchists are protesting stay at home orders, limited movement, social distancing - all because the virus isn't a threat, why are they wearing bandannas and face masks?

If they are protesting stay at home orders, why are they armed? This protest is not about gun rights. What threat do they perceive that they need to be armed to defend themselves?

9 ( +18 / -9 )

Lol.

'I'm angry and confused and I want to shout angrily (at no one in particular.)'

Need I say...Lock them up before one of them opens fire.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

they didnt do anything other than lawfully demand their rights under the Constitution. 

So you would of course have no problem if armed protestors entered the White House demanding free health care then? How about black protestors wikth uzis demanding reparations for slavery?

10 ( +16 / -6 )

wearing masks to eliminate that as an excuse to deny them access.

Armed to keep someone from just standing in the way to deny them access. Plus its not illegal to be armed anyway.

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Stupid and dangerous crowd. Should have been arrested and locked up. Make threatening lawmakers a felony and ensure they can never legally own guns again. This behavior is not what even gun rights activists have in mind.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

Ah ha. Just look at who's protesting it in the pictures. Surprise surprise.

Don't those people have some bleach to inject or lysol to drink or something instead?

13 ( +21 / -8 )

Disturbing scenes. Hopefully the terrorists were all arrested without any injury to anyone inside the building. Who is paying these extremists to do this?

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Georgia reopened almost a week ago. new cases there have been dropping consistently for the last 10 days in a row. But Michigan wants to extend stay at home for an entire month longer?

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These fascists should be in a prison cell,I'm proud to come from a country and a union where weapons are not sold and there is no death penalty.

This is such a disgrace and these people are basically the failure of a society to raise it's own children in a right and moderate way.

I don't hate them but I feel extremely sad for them,such elements should be reeducated.

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My, me. Typical selfish “me” centered behavior. OK. It these are your rights, so, register that you wish to have your rights at this time and on registering know you must wear a QR code that identifies you as a person who has demanded their rights and also know that you can be refused admission into a medical facility. Your rights putting my rights to life at risk? Not without consequences or a quid quo pro baby!

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You only carry a gun if you also intend to use it. They entered the capital building in a very violent threatening manner. Their protest should have remained outside the building. Minority groups forcing their views onto others.

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zichiToday  12:10 pm JST

You only carry a gun if you also intend to use it. 

No that's not true. Obvously you are not or ever have been a gun owner, or employed in a profession where carrying a gun was mandatory.

-11 ( +7 / -18 )

WW3 is on the way. This can still be avoided if the hotheads cool down a little and slowly piece the world back together.

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You only carry a gun if you also intend to use it. They entered the capital building in a very violent threatening manner. Their protest should have remained outside the building. Minority groups forcing their views onto others.

Funny thing is that is how The U.S. was built.

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Sad to see the usual terrorist support base applaud this behaviour.

Not so long ago, they were telling us "All lives matter".

We must be wary that they do not try something similar in Japan.

Oh, and the average anarchist or anarcho-syndicalist wouldn't be insulted by being compared to this death cult.

Worth reading up on the collectives in Catalonia, during the 30s to get a broader perspective.

In the meantime, this will only increase as the reckless occupant of the White House continues to ramp up the unhinged rhetoric.

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This behavior is not what even gun rights activists have in mind.

Remember the posts written on this forum from those claiming the prime reason they have guns is to challenge a government they don't approve of. They support the 'potential energy' of open-carry demonstrations intended to intimidate.

There are dozens of millions of American gun owners. A full spectrum of people, from thugs (like in the picture) to honest, solid citizens.

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These actions in Michigan are the absolute wrong way of going about things. Anyone who supports this type of action using guns and violent behavior has to be insane. Crazy support. Do these people show their children what the guns mean and explain why this is proper behavior to them if they believe this is good? I certainly would hope not, but reading comments, it wouldn't surprise me.

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Oh, terrorists. You mean terrorists.

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so the governor can just ignore the will of the people of her state, who are represented by the legislature?

The legislature voted to reopen the state.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Terrorists like this should be arrested

Had no idea demanding to be allowed to go back to work is a terrorist act. My, my how low have we sunk as a nation. Hammer and Sickle on its way.

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There are dozens of millions of American gun owners. A full spectrum of people, from thugs (like in the picture) to honest, solid citizens.

I guess Harry Reid is thug since he is gun advocate.

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Would be insulted, darn it!

Very important distinction.

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The people posting here about gun toting lunatics dont understand the 2nd Amendment; it was written just for this purpose, to check the government. It has been abused by out of control and deranged people recently in society but this is not an example. As Reckless posted, its true democracy in action.

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You only carry a gun if you also intend to use it

Thats funny. Complete disconnect and fantasy thinking.

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Hammer and Sickle on its way.

Says someone who believes in a demagogue. Or is so sucked into it, it doesn't matter what the belief actually is, just believe and support the lies and crazed behavior.

how low have we sunk as a nation. 

Well, I agree with this...fools with guns and lack of care for mankind and the earth.

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wearing masks to eliminate that as an excuse to deny them access.

What? Just as you say below, they're armed, no one is going to deny them access. So why the bandannas and masks? It's not for Covid, right? Is it maybe because they don't want to be identified - you know, the reason criminals and terrorists like ISIS hide behind masks?

Armed to keep someone from just standing in the way to deny them access. Plus its not illegal to be armed anyway.

Why do they have to be armed to prohibit someone from denying them access? If you think that, then you're saying they are going to use deadly forces if denied, right? Who are they going to use deadly force against, the police? Or are they going to use deadly force against unarmed citizens?

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The US is a nation of trash, and the photos prove it. These morons, most with no masks to boot, go in fully armed and loaded, probably fresh off a bleach injection, and don't even realize that their lunacy could result in their lives lost, the lives of others lost, and/or the rest of their time in ACTUAL prison if they decide to start something. Wouldn't THAT lockdown be ironic!

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There are dozens of millions of American gun owners. A full spectrum of people, from thugs (like in the picture) to honest, solid citizens.

@bass4ffI guess Harry Reid is thug since he is gun advocate

Or he could be a solid citizen (see actual quote above) or somewhere in between.

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Hammer and Sickle on its way.

Nothing wrong with that.

The US has failed. Perhaps a new approach is needed.

It certainly doesn't need gundamentalists and ammosexuals tooling up for their right to infect people.

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Fox News (and the lovely "US is trash" guy above) just now criticized them for being UNmasked in a time of pandemic. Take overnight in the USA to get the talking points first? Gotta get that narrative correct.

So why the bandannas and masks? It's not for Covid, right?

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USA is really a country of moronic man-children. They can't do any peaceful protest without carrying their big toys to compensate for they otherwise tiny organ.

They would immediately be arrested as terrorists in any normal country, as they should be.

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There is no law against any of it. You might as well be questioning why someone showed up wearing a hat.

Why do they have to be armed to prohibit someone from denying them access? If you think that, then you're saying they are going to use deadly forces if denied, right? Who are they going to use deadly force against, the police? Or are they going to use deadly force against unarmed citizens?

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

The people posting here about gun toting lunatics dont understand the 2nd Amendment; it was written just for this purpose, to check the government.

Then if you say that, the we can make the argument liberals don’t understand the first thing about the 1st amendment which allows them to express their displeasure of what the government is doing...or in this case not doing.

It has been abused by out of control and deranged people recently in society but this is not an example. As Reckless posted, its true democracy in action.

Was anyone shot or killed? How about last month in Virginia? With all the millions of gun owners in Michigan and Virginia why aren’t these States flowing with blood on the streets? Hmmmm...

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

There were hundreds of people there both inside and outside, armed and unarmed. Some with masks, some not. Some you could see their face, some you couldnt. A bunch of them were just interviewed on TV, fully unmasked.

Its quite clear this specific picture was taken and chosen to put on this article to show how "scary" it was by focusing on the Taxi Driver haircut guy. Even in the pic, you can see one guys face, plus Im quite sure the other guy can be identified by his haircut. no one is "hiding".

Is it maybe because they don't want to be identified - you know, the reason criminals and terrorists like ISIS hide behind masks?

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The US has failed. Perhaps a new approach is needed.

It certainly doesn't need gundamentalists and ammosexuals tooling up for their right to infect people.

The US hasnt failed, read the constitution and 2nd amendment. The state legislature had over stepped their authority and forgot what country they are living in. Thats the "new approach" you speak of. Sorry, wrong country.

It is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. There are checks and balances in the gov, but if they fail, the 2nd comes into play. Like it or not, thats how they wrote it.

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

America is indeed the 'Land of the Free ' and the 'Home of the Brave' as exemplified by this show in Michigan.

These people should also declare that it will be their da-kine free choice that they and their families refuses to be admitted to hospitals if they get COVID-19!

Now that will be freedom and bravery in action!

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USA is really a country of moronic man-children.

While growing up in the US I never had the fear others did of the country being taken over by another government. I couldn't imagine any foreign government actually wanting and being willing to try to manage the range of people I came across, read about and saw portrayed on TV and in movies. Including members of my own family and friends. And as strange as I saw many of my fellow citizens were, I still never owned not wanted to own a gun.

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The US is a nation of trash, and the photos prove it. These morons, most with no masks to boot, go in fully armed and loaded, probably fresh off a bleach injection, ....blah blah

A nation of trash? Some of them might be veterans. Vets are trash?

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

American Terrorism pure and simple. Should be locked up for intimidation with a loaded weapon. There are pictures of them on a balcony as well, fully armed.

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Bass: You’re arguing with TheLongTermer, who agrees with you.

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the WHO just endorsed the Sweden approach of not shutting down as being the preferred method.

Why is Michigan refusing to reopen, after its own legislature who represents its people, voted to reopen? Cause their governor wants to be seen as the face of #resistance so Biden will pick her for VP?

Georgia and Colorado reopened at same time. One was criticized (GA), one wasnt (CO). Depite GA having fewer deaths and more testing than CO.

Guess which state is run by a Democrat?

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While growing up in the US I never had the fear others did of the country being taken over by another government. I couldn't imagine any foreign government actually wanting and being willing to try to manage the range of people I came across, read about and saw portrayed on TV and in movies. Including members of my own family and friends. And as strange as I saw many of my fellow citizens were, I still never owned not wanted to own a gun.

That’s you and then there are people like me that loves hunting, loves collecting guns, so we each should respect one another.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

I dont know how many more times it has to be said.

What they did is not illegal. Or else they would have been arrested.

How you feeeeeel or what your own country does, is irrelevant.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Alfie Noakes nobody was arrested. Being white helps. This is normal in the USA.

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Won't be long before one of the terrorists in this pic starts shooting, then people shoot him (or her), then it erupts into a massive firefight, and then the people who complained about having to stay home are dead, and their children perhaps orphaned, while they have also murdered the parents of other children, brothers, sisters, lovers, and friends. For what? to own the libs? How will them being dead do that? Will they be burning in hell and say, "Hmmm... maybe not so great an idea"?

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@bass4That’s you and then there are people like me that loves hunting, loves collecting guns, so we each should respect one another.

I'll respect no one who tries to intimidate me and whose sense of self is determined by carrying a gun. I don't respect thugs. Like I wrote earlier, not all gun owners are thugs.

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OssanAmerica

zichiToday  12:10 pm JST

You only carry a gun if you also intend to use it. 

No that's not true. Obvously you are not or ever have been a gun owner, or employed in a profession where carrying a gun was mandatory.

Wrong. You know so little before you make personal judgements. No I am not a gun owner, are you? The majority of the people living in Japan are not gun owners. Probably why the gunshot homicides are so low. But previously I was in the Royal Navy and like all other service people trained to use a gun. I have also been on numerous parades carrying a gun and various other duties requiring a gun.

You carry a gun with the intention of using it if necessary otherwise why carry it. On this occasion it was OTT for these armed protestors to enter a capital building and threaten democratically elected representatives some of whom took to wearing bullet proof vests.

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Like I wrote earlier, not all gun owners are thugs.

Understanding this requires the ability to see nuance.

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America appears to be on the slippery road to becoming a failed state. It wont be too much longer before the national and state governments are unable to fulfill the basic conditions and responsibilities of their sovereign roles....

So much doom and gloom...a failed state..lol. Sorry to disappoint but the US has been through much worse. Forgot about the Civil War? This is just part of the experience. It will pass, regardless of what pessimist like you hope for.

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Like I wrote earlier, not all gun owners are thugs.

That would require a mental health check of all gun owners to establish they are not thugs or disarranged nut nutters.

Can't take guns into a NRA conference but you can take then into a capital building.

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*The people posting here about gun toting lunatics dont understand the 2nd Amendment; it was written just for this purpose, to check the government. It has been abused by out of control and deranged people recently in society but this is not an example. *

My retort:

So much doom and gloom...a failed state..lol. Sorry to disappoint but the US has been through much worse. Forgot about the Civil War? This is just part of the experience. It will pass, regardless of what pessimist like you hope for.

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I'll respect no one who tries to intimidate me and whose sense of self is determined by carrying a gun. I don't respect thugs. Like I wrote earlier, not all gun owners are thugs

But we have to respect the thuggish tactics of the government trying to make us the enemy and saying, no, you don’t have the right to feed your families? If the government wants to get thuggish and NOT allow us to make a living, we have the absolute right to throw it in their faces.

The Feds are irrelevant to this discussion given the article is about the Michigan statehouse. Also, you cannot carry firearms inside federal buildings

No, they’re relevant because they’re the ones telling us, stay home and wither away. If you suffer, we don’t care, as long as we can make it hurt until November and that plan is backfiring and fast, we won’t need to wait until November.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

@Black

the WHO just endorsed the Sweden approach of not shutting down as being the preferred method.

Why is Michigan refusing to reopen, after its own legislature who represents its people, voted to reopen? Cause their governor wants to be seen as the face of #resistance so Biden will pick her for VP?

Simple! Sweden doesn't currently have a lying criminal idiot as their president!

Georgia and Colorado reopened at same time. One was criticized (GA), one wasnt (CO). Depite GA having fewer deaths and more testing than CO.

Guess which state is run by a Democrat?

Which States have the most infections per capita in the US?

Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Hawaii and Alabama.

Guess how many states are run by a Republicans?

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What? Just as you say below, they're armed, no one is going to deny them access. So why the bandannas and masks? It's not for Covid, right? Is it maybe because they don't want to be identified - you know, the reason criminals and terrorists like ISIS hide behind masks?

Or maybe because they don’t trust our government particularly the Feds who are the most dishonest band of mafia we have, that could be a reason as well.

You just called your President's administration "a band of dishonest Mafia". That's the most accurate thing you've said in years. But again, don't dodge - why the masks like criminals and terrorists?

And more importantly, who are these anarchists going to use deadly force against? The only other armed personnel there are local and state police - is that who they intend to shoot? Unarmed civilians? Government workers?

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@Black

the WHO just endorsed the Sweden approach of not shutting down as being the preferred method.

Why is Michigan refusing to reopen, after its own legislature who represents its people, voted to reopen? Cause their governor wants to be seen as the face of #resistance so Biden will pick her for VP?

Simple! Sweden doesn't currently have a lying criminal idiot as their president!

Georgia and Colorado reopened at same time. One was criticized (GA), one wasnt (CO). Depite GA having fewer deaths and more testing than CO.

Guess which state is run by a Democrat?

Which States have the most infections per capita in the US?

Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Hawaii and Alabama.

Guess how many states are run by a Republicans?

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For personal safety the police should have shot any of the protesters that came within 2 meters of them.

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American Terrorism pure and simple. Should be locked up for intimidation with a loaded weapon. There are pictures of them on a balcony as well, fully armed.

Its not terror....lol. You dont understand how the constitution works. All laws point to the constitution, and for better or worse, the 2nd is part of it. which was written after the revolt against the British. An amazing feat, a very profound act in our history. Some of you unfortunately are from countries without such brave men and colorful past, but we were given this duty and right. I personally dont like guns but I respect the right and our founding fathers. Prefer it anyday over some Queen or Emperor or Dear Leader.

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bass4funk

That’s you and then there are people like me that loves hunting, loves collecting guns, so we each should respect one another.

So when was the last time you grabbed your assault weapon and side arm and stormed your capital building?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

wow, police shooting protesters?

For personal safety the police should have shot any of the protesters that came within 2 meters of them.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Prefer it anyday over some Queen or Emperor or Dear Leader.

Accept you prefer to live in a country with an emperor and strict gun laws.

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Accept you prefer to live in a country with an emperor and strict gun laws.

I only live in Japan about half the year. About every six months, I tear my kids out of their school and jet across the Pacific; it’s great for their education.

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For personal safety the police should have shot any of the protesters that came within 2 meters of them.

In some countries, if you make any kind of protest, and you can meet this fate you promote, or be put into re education camps.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols planned the Oklahoma City Bombings from Michigan. There are all kinds of militant groups in Michigan who like to take the law into their own hands and kill Americans.

If anybody's to blame, it's Trump for being so slow on the draw. For a couple of months, the president, who probably received a lot of support from these state militia groups, was asleep at the wheel. If they're going to be angry at anybody, they should be angry at the guy who most of them voted for a few years ago. Especially in regard to testing, Trump did nothing at a time when he should have been pushing all of the buttons. If Trump had acted more responsibly, he could've reduced much of this death and misery America's now experiencing. Not all of it, but Trump could've softened much of the blow by bracing the country earlier for this pandemic.

Now Trump and his loyal supporters refuse to believe their eyes, but it's time for them to wake up and smell the coffee. This one (or much of it anyway), is on them and the candidate the guy they wanted and voted for as their president.

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Thinking personal freedom of movement during a national crisis outweighs social obligations for safety blows my mind. Give them their freedom then when they catch the virus and ignore quarantine then anyone they pass it onto can sue them for every penny and anyone who dies will result in the spreader getting charged with manslaughter and serving 5-10 years behind bars. Cause its all about personal freedom right. But you get no freedom behind bars. The selfish nature of some people just defies belief. Some dude once said, think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

Sometimes people actually sicken me with their beliefs or behaviors. This is one of those times.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

A nation of trash? Some of them might be veterans. Vets are trash?

I don't agree with the poster describing all Americans as a nation of trash. I'm sure there are as many decent people in America as there are in any country. I've met some of them. But I don't agree with your idealistic view of veterans either. Veterans are people like anyone else. Some of them are right-wing. Some of them are (gasp!) left wing. And if a veteran supports people who are trash, like the thugs invading the Capitol building here, then he or she is guilty of holding trash opinions. Veteran or not.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Which States have the most infections per capita in the US?

Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Hawaii and Alabama.

Guess how many states are run by a Republicans?

Your being a bit slippery with your facts there, my friend. Most of the cities infected in those states are run by Dems, with Repub governors. And yes, those cities are some of the most dysfunctional cities on the planet.

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@BASSFUNKBut we have to respect the thuggish tactics of the government

Why do gun toting thugs hate America so much. SMH

7 ( +7 / -0 )

A nation of trash? Some of them might be veterans. Vets are trash?

Trash is trash. These armed scum should be locked away.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

The US is descending into darkness. There are just way too many crazy, scary people. More than I ever imagined.

Two Trump supporters we hospitalized for drinking disinfectant today. Let’s hope they keep focused on Trump’s cures and not their weapons.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

A nation of trash? Some of them might be veterans. Vets are trash?

Some of them are.

Remember how veterans who opposed Trump, lax gun laws, or the Iraq war, or even Vietnam were called trash, traitors etc?

Why, there's some civilians who even laugh when people in the services are killed, whilst pretending that they served.

They even admit to it.

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Back in the 1960s there was an episode of the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show that had America reeling from a mass outbreak of stupidity, caused by a gas agent slipped in by operatives of an insidious foreign power. It appears that form has finally followed art.

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 episode of the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show

Even worse were the TV antenna eating creatures Boris and Natasha had attack Frostbite Falls. They knew depriving Americans of the TV would bring the country down.

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What a bunch of losers.

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Some of you unfortunately are from countries without such brave men and colorful past, but we were given this duty and right

This is the 21st century.

You must be getting on a bit, because your knowledge of other countries appears to be faulty.

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And as strange as I saw many of my fellow citizens were, I still never owned not wanted to own a gun.

That is strange because everybody I knew had a fire arm, including my grandmother. She never blasted anybody, but if you entered her home without permission to do harm or take property that wasnt yours...Im sure she would of exercised her right to keep and bear arms without hesitation.

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They knew depriving Americans of the TV would bring the country down.

Actually they got it backwards. Now it's TV that's bringing the country down. Specifically a cable news channel owned by an amoral Australian billionaire who doesn't give a fat rat's posterior about what happens to the United States.

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 This all just helps the President in the end.

because vigilantism and terrorism is going to help the president!? the cult45 have lost the plot altogether

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The majority of American homes do not own a firearm. 75% of the firearm total are owned by less than 10%, those with multiple weapons. The super gun owners. That top 14% of gun owners – a group of 7.7m people, or 3% of American adults – own between about eight and 140 guns each. The average is 17.

You can not enter the NRA HQ with a weapon unless it's boxed and you are visiting the shooting gallery.

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No wonder right wing Americans carry guns, you can't trust them to tell the truth!

Sick, sick society :-(

Liberals shouldn’t paint a broad brush because Michigan is not your solid Red State, so there are a lot of liberals who have guns and don’t want the government to tread on their civil rights. The sick thing is that this governor is not going to do anything in the future after her term is up and to thank that woman was a possible VP candidate pick for Biden is absolutely frightening.

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What happened to America?

When did it become so scared and angry?

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This is the kind of BS I was referring to a few days ago!!!:

Apr. 29 11:11 am JST Posted in: From guns to GoPros, Asian Americans seek to deter attacks See in context

Sadly the US is a tinderbox, as I have said before if the economic situation gets worse & worse it could unleash a LOT of violence & bad situations

And with all the guns...…...scary stuff!! Places could end up resembling zombie video games

Fingers crossed it doesn't happen, but to think it cant …..

Sadly the US could go off on itself in a REALLY BAD WAY, gun culture just may come to the fore in the US with likely catastrophic results

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And more importantly, who are these anarchists going to use deadly force against? The only other armed personnel there are local and state police - is that who they intend to shoot? Unarmed civilians? Government workers?

Who knows, it depends on how long the government wants to keep the people from making a living, because if they do that, then who is the real terrorist, not the people holding the guns that’s for sure.

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They’re armed to show how angry they are and they are right to be angry

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So liberals are basically saying, no matter what, even if the numbers and the risk of contracting this virus is slow, we won’t let you go to work, because we know if you go back to work it doesn’t help our overall politically agenda, so you need to stay home until indefinitely and we hope that you hate Trump more involved him out of office and that plan is just rapidly backfiring. This is liberal logic.

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The Michigan governor still IS a possible VP pick for Biden.

He hasnt disqualified her yet. And as we know whoever Biden picks is the future President. thats more scary than some peaceful protests.

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 the 2nd Amendment; it was written just for this purpose, to check the government. It has been abused by out of control and deranged people 

Gun lovers just go back to this ridiculous assessment, outdated and does not actually apply to the world of 2020. I'd go into how the world is going from man to AI to Dataism to show how evolving is a part of the world, and, ya, America, too...but ya'll don't believe in evolution, science or facts, just follow a wrong and ignorant narrative with emotion any way a prejudicial algorithm can.

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If the protestors weren't white, the outcome and response by the authorities would have been completely different.

A race-baiting comment. Pictures selected for inclusion by an editor for that person’s purposes are probably not representative. At other such rallies I have seen photos that included POC.

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America appears to be on the slippery road to becoming a failed state. It wont be too much longer before the national and state governments are unable to fulfill the basic conditions and responsibilities of their sovereign roles.... The lunatics will then have complete control of the asylum...

The last I heard, the people were sovereign, not the State nor any state.

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