Posted on Jan 7, 2021
PO3 Phyllis Maynard
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The fight to protect 2nd Amendment rights has been ongoing throughout the Trump Administration. Supporters trying to demonstrate why law abiding citizens should retain their right to bear arms, for personal protection has been a heated issue. Now, that these law abiding, card carrying citizens have descended on the Capitol Building armed with assault weapons and chemicals causing Capitol Police to draw assault weapons in defense of a federal facility to protect the lawmakers, how do you think the Democratic controlled government will see their way to uphold the 2nd Amendment, in light of their lives being threatened by these very supporters of the 2nd Amendment?
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1SG Steven Imerman
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It's no different than Antifa or BLM supporters ambushing police, in my mind, and I don't think it will make a difference. I solidly condemn both sides, however these at the Capitol were going after the government, the perceived root of the problems they oppose, and not just burning, looting, and wilding in poor minority neighborhoods. That list includes Portland, south central Minneapolis, west Philadelphia, Louisville, and many others. I never did understand that part.
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MSgt Robert "Rock" Aldi
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Great point Top...the capital building is in fact the symbol of US govt and all it represents..folks may forget that the plane that crashed on 9/11 in Penn was originally headed for DC...either the WH or the Capital.
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These are very trying times. We need to keep speaking to one another, not block one another and try to cancel people out the way some do.
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MSgt Robert "Rock" Aldi - Must have been a senior moment that escapes me now.
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As far as I know my friend PO3 Phyllis Maynard two have been charged with weapons offenses Lonnie Coffman, of Alabama [vehicle contained 11 explosive devices known as Molotov cocktails and firearms.] Christopher Alberts, of Maryland,[ Taurus G2C, 9mm handgun and 9mm caliber ammunition.]

1. To be honest, I would not be surprised if radicalized liberals attempt to use this incident to restrict rights including second amendment. Two people were arrested for possessing weapons without a license.
2. As far as I know nobody has been charged for possessing a licensed weapon in this incident.
3. I doubt if attempts to use this incident to add constraints to second amendment

Thirteen individuals have been charged with federal crimes. The defendants and charges are outlined below:
1. Cleveland Meredith was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with making interstate threats to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
2. Richard Barnett, of Arkansas, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records. Barnett allegedly entered a restricted are of the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
3. Lonnie Coffman, of Alabama, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license. It is alleged that Coffman’s vehicle contained 11 explosive devices known as Molotov cocktails and firearms. It is further alleged he was in possession of two firearms. Coffman was arrested and is currently being held. His detention hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2021.
4. Mark Leffingwell, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; assault on a federal law enforcement officer; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Leffingwell allegedly entered the Senate side of the Capitol and when stopped by law enforcement, struck an officer in the helmet and chest. Leffingwell is currently being held and has a detention hearing in district court today.
5. Christopher Alberts, of Maryland, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with carrying or having readily accessible, on the grounds of the United States Capitol Building, a firearm and ammunition. Specifically a Taurus G2C, 9mm handgun and 9mm caliber ammunition. The defendant appeared in district court and was released. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.
6. Joshua Pruitt, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. The defendant appeared in district court and was released. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.
7. Matthew Council, of Florida, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Council allegedly unlawfully entered the Capitol building, and when stopped by law enforcement, he pushed the officer.
8. Cindy Fitchett, of Virginia, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
9. Michael Curzio, of Florida, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
10. Douglas Sweet, of Florida, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
11. Bradley Ruskelas, of Illinois, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
12. Terry Brown, of Pennsylvania, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
13. Thomas Gallagher was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
In addition, approximately 40 individuals have been arrested and charged in Superior Court with offenses including, but not limited to, unlawful entry, curfew violations, and firearms-related crimes.

The cases are being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and are being investigated jointly by the FBI; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; United States Marshals Service; U.S. Capitol Police Department; and the Metropolitan Police Department.

The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS ( [login to see] ), email [login to see] or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.'

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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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Hopefully, they do not try to remove our rights from us PO3 Phyllis Maynard or what they saw yesterday will be regarded as a polite response
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PO3 Phyllis Maynard
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Lt Col Charlie Brown exactly. Then I see US For Power taking out US Citizens just as the next Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein.
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PO1 John F. Johnson
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Won’t stop the Left from trying though.
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