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Mainstream Media Exploiting Antifa Riots To Take Away Your Rights

The Left never misses an opportunity to push their anti-liberty agenda, no matter how crass or brazen — and it doesn’t get much more brazen than a new “report” from Politico’s Josh Meyer.

Meyer claims that “loose” gun laws are being exploited by Antifa and white supremacists alike, so members of each can “show up at emotionally charged rallies with assault rifles and other high-powered weapons, increasing the likelihood of an explosive clash in an American city,” thanks to state open carry laws that “allow civilians to display virtually any gun in public that they want, often with no permit, training or background check required.”

More than 1,500 people attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, with one Baltimore man suspected of membership in the Ku Klux Klan later arrested for firing his gun at a crowd of protesters. In Texas, swarms of gun-toting antifa members and white nationalists assaulted each other at several events near the Austin statehouse over the past year. And in Pikeville, Kentucky, more than 150 heavily armed neo-Nazis and white supremacists engaged in a tense standoff with about 100 anti-fascists in April, but the sides were separated by police and dozens of militia members before violence ensued […]

“The next incident is right around the corner,” said Captain Michael Rinaldi, counterterrorism chief for the New Jersey State Police. “Someone will run someone over, or someone will get shot and there will be a melee and it will gain momentum. There is definitely concern for what you saw in Charlottesville, that you’ll get a group and then counterprotesters and then you’ll have casualties” […]

In interviews with POLITICO, some current and former law enforcement officials said Charlottesville was only one of many recent clashes that easily could have turned deadly. Many front-line officers have been reluctant, or outright afraid, they said, to wade into a teeming mass of armed and violent protesters and militia members, which often have close ties to right-wing extremists.

Granted, these are violent, thuggish, deranged groups, so the possibility of a future clash becoming a shooting gallery cannot be discounted. However, one curious detail stands out: that all this fear is still framed as hypothetical, despite so many weapons being present at the ones which have already taken place. “80 percent of the people [in Charlottesville] had semiautomatic weapons,” Democrat Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe claimes…yet Politico can only cite a single instance of one of these guns being discharged?

Indeed, Meyer all but gives away the game here:

The issue came to a head last month after a series of violent skirmishes at the Charlottesville rally including a fatal car attack and the arrest of a suspected white supremacist for allegedly firing his gun at a crowd.

Obviously, somebody intent on killing can do at least as much damage with a vehicle as a gun, if not more, so unless the Left is calling for no-car buffer zones around protest sites at the same time they’re demanding open carry laws be repealed, I think we can safely conclude there’s an ulterior motive here.

At Bearing Arms, Tom Knighton nails why Meyer is full of it:

Over and over again, Antifa has attacked its opponents. Physically.

Yet at Charlottesville, despite a handful of scuffles, things were relatively peaceful. Why? Guys with guns. Reports abound that the armed militia that was present diffused fights over and over again.

Guys with guns prevented violence.

But what about the one person arrested for discharging his weapon? Well, we’ve already addressed that. The short version, however, is that a case can be made that the individual felt someone was in danger, primarily by an improvised flamethrower.

You can’t help but marvel at the hubris here. Liberals spend years whipping their base into an ever-growing frenzy of blind rage and fear, and when that comes to a head in the form of Antifa, the answer to the mess liberals created just happens to be a policy liberals have wanted all along. Perhaps what we need is not gun control, but leftist control.

H/T The Federalist Papers Project.

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