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Few activists show up at fortified state capitols

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/17/21, 10:41 pm

Law enforcement agencies headed into the weekend with concerns that what happened in Washington on Jan. 6 might reoccur across the country. But crowds of armed, right-wing protesters did not amass at state capitols as expected.

Did anything out of the ordinary happen? Security forces mostly outnumbered protesters and counterprotesters in the few states—including Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas—where groups of about two dozen or fewer people showed up. On Friday, authorities in Washington, D.C., arrested a man at an inauguration checkpoint who allegedly had unauthorized firearms and 500 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle. The suspect told several news outlets he forgot the guns, which are legal in his home state of Virginia, were in the truck when he came to work in the city. Meanwhile, National Guard troops and other law enforcement agents have flooded into Washington by the thousands to help secure President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. The Department of Defense is vetting the troops to try to prevent any insider attacks.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot about how other countries view the unrest in the United States.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 11:07 am

    Thank you, World, for sifting the news. God has reined in my impatience and reminded me of Titus 2:11-14.

  • Gpa Russ
    Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 12:04 pm

    The Second Amendment provides for "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...." Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress "the power to provide for calling forth the Militia to ...suppress Insurrections..." and to "...provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia..." We have such a Militia: the National Guard. So now we are in the position of "calling forth the well regulated (Constitutional) Militia" to "suppress (the) insurrections" of violent, heavily-armed, totally unregulated, undisciplined militias. It is clear by the actions these groups have taken in Washington and Michigan that they have forfeited their Constitutional rights to Freedom of Assembly and Speech. Congress needs to take action to remove these groups from society. We would not allow Muslim extremists to do what these groups are doing.

    Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 12:24 pm

    You are a funny guy. 

    They reign in Muslims who meet and plan with terrorists? Like Ilhan. She hates our country, but is in leadership. Biden plans to open the door to terrorist countries. Great plan.  

    After hearing what Biden plans to do, will I be seeing National Guards at my door to make me get a COVID shot? Arrested on the street for not wearing a mask in public? (Our family has been wearing masks inside businesses long before PELOSI got a clue, long before our state mandated it, at the beginning of 2020.) I am 70 and won't be able to breathe if I have to wear a mask while I walk around the block.

    The "insurrection" was planned by Pelosi's minions. They should have had the Nat'l Guard then. Questions have been asked about WHY they did not? The POLICE in all the other DEM. CONTROLLED states could NOT CONTROL the riots. And some didn't even try--were told to just let them burn the cities down. Will we EVER learn the TRUTH? After all that has happened against TRUMP, I am not confident we will ever learn the truth. And "the people's" votes will be controlled just like in Venezuela and other countries where they control the votes.

    Will Biden be as "transparent" as Obama?  



    Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 01:50 pm

    News2me: "Will we EVER learn the TRUTH?" Yes. We must wait on the Lord. 

    When I asked Jesus into my life so many years ago, I was quite impetuous, so the first thing I prayed for was patience. (As they say, be careful what you pray for!) He has taught me "through many dangers, toils, and snares." Occasionally, I run ahead, and He reins me in through some unlikely agents -- including World (and even TIM MILLER). Patience.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 03:24 am

    You fail to grasp the extreme radicalism on the left and the two tiered legal system. Kamala Harish was paying bail for the leftist terrorists and no major legal action was taken against them. The rhetoric against Trump was continuous for over four years claiming that he was colluding with Russia to get elected. The intelligence agencies were targeting Trump on a baseless political dossier manufactured by the Russians and paid for by Hillary Clinton. The first impeachment was pushed by political partisans and was baseless without any merit. We then had the election stolen from Trump by many including the Big Tech companies who poured in hundreds of millions to influence the election process which effectively overturned the election laws in many of the swing states. This was unconstitutional and sadly the Supreme Court cowered to the left out of fear of the optics it would have created had they overturned the election. Now if you are not upset by this corruption or just don't get it, I would say you have not been responsible and seriously looked at what has happened the past four years. Wake up! 

    A few Trump supporters overreacted with the prodding of leftist radicals. While I don't support it, I do understand their emotions. But who are you saying should have their freedom of speech taken from them? You sound more like a Natzi than an American!  You anti-Trumpers are the worst traitors to your own cause. Trump has been faithful at fighting our cause when he really never needed to do it. You turned on him and have relentlessly attacked him. Do you really believe the left only hates Trump? You seem to forget the viscous attack on the gracious Kavanaugh? Why did they do that? They hated his philosophy, Christianity, and Republican ideals! You think you can turn on Trump, push him out of the way and the left will be kind to you and peace can return. You are like the Edomites who helped destroy  the Jews (Amos 1:11, Obadiah) who were fleeing from their captures. Was God happy at their disloyalty? Certainly, God was not happy with them. So you have turned on Trump and where you should have supported him in his fight against the vicious left bent on destroying America. If you had supported him, possibly he would have won a second term and we would not be facing this ominous radical agenda that Biden is supporting. Anti-Trumpers are so misguided that they welcome Biden and his radical agenda over Trump - which shows how morally confused they are. There is a verse that talks about Christians living as enemies of the cross (Phil. 3:18). As they can live as enemies of the cross, they can also support a political cause as enemies of the cross, as I believe the anti-Trumpers have done. In saying this, I have no false allusions about Trump's sometimes earthy responses that sometimes angers people and is not the Christian ideal. God has used people like this in the past such as Samson, Jepthah, Nebucanezer, Ehud and others.

    The idea that we should hold up a standard of conduct, that if our candidate doesn't meet it, we should support the worse candidate either by not voting for the better candidate or by voting for the worse one, is a foolish proposal! Some here at World advocate this radical position, which is not Christian - I believe.

    Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 12:55 am

    Gpa Russ, with a second reading, I interpret your words as, "Not all is as it seems."

    (To others, from Lord of the Rings: "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king. ")

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 12:44 am

    Gpa Russ, historically, the National Guard in its current form would absolutely not be considered the "militia."  The National Guard is a Reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, under direct control of the Federal Government, and has been for decades. The Founding Fathers intended the "well regulated militia" to be citizen organized, led, and manned, at State or local level, not Federal government controlled. This phrase from the Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16 implies that, and in my opinion it places a condition on the preceding wording about organizing, equipping, and disciplining the Militia:  [beginning in Clause 1] "The Congress shall have the Power... [Clause 16] to provide... for governing such Part of them [the Militia] as may be employed in the Service of the United States..."

    Our Constitution spells out how our government is to be controlled by the People, not vice versa. The ballot, legislation by representatives we elect, procedures for removing officials from office, etc. are among the provisions for citizen control of our government. As a last resort, and we are still far from that, we are expected to take up arms to remove tyrants. This is one purpose of the Second Amendment, perhaps not even the main purpose. In addition, the Second Amendment empowers citizens to stand in place of the government in emergency situations, bearing arms if necessary. For instance, if you and I live in a city that has been devastated by a hurricane, and we organize our neighbors to keep watch and patrol our block against looting until the local police are able, we are the militia. In some instances, citizens may be directed to take such actions by hard-pressed authorities.

    The term "well regulated," in reference to the militia, has also changed in meaning since the Constitution was adopted. When written, "well regulated" in the Second Amendment meant "well trained."  In the example above, a citizen group protecting a neighborhood against looting, that could mean we don't put firearms in the hands of inexperienced people, and we collectively agree on a set of "rules of conduct" and make sure everyone is instructed in those rules.  

    As far as the armed groups we see today protesting in various places, I agree that they are only slightly related to lawful citizen militias, and are potentially insurrectionists. But there are lines they have to cross before they can be rounded up and disarmed. I would say normal laws pertaining to such things as assault, destruction of property, trespass, attempted murder, or murder would apply first. Just carrying a gun while screaming and looking scary doesn't get it, until actual crimes are committed. And I strongly disagree with you that these people have forfeited their basic rights of free speech, protest, assembly, etc.  Actually I believe you are advocating our government take the exact kinds of actions the Constitution was intended to protect us against, deprivation of rights and/or imprisonment, for political reasons. 


  • WORLD’s Mickey McLean
    Posted: Tue, 01/19/2021 10:55 am

    CYBORG3: Be careful of labeling fellow commenters here "Nazis," or use other extreme characterizations. Please argue the ideas expressed instead.

    Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 12:29 pm

    If you got this news from the AP and the person was not called a Trump supporter, does that mean he isn't?


  • OlderMom
    Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 04:30 pm

    To expect Trump supporters to show up at state capitols, you would have to not have been at pro-Trump events this year. Trump supporters bring kids and puppies to the events. Trump supporters would not advertise an armed event - they would expect people to be responsible about choosing whether or not guns were necessary. The Trump supporter who was shot to death (by the bodyguard of a news reporter) in Denver this summer was armed only with bear spray.