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    • When angry men storm the Michigan capital with AR15s over their shoulders, I simply go blank. 

      I hate to let myself slip into this mode of thinking, but I feel some people are born awful and never change. Don’t we all have close personal experiences with people like that?

      I can be as cynical as the next person, but I don’t view these people as inherently evil.

      Are their actions harmful, disgraceful, stupid, deadly, insane and scary to watch?

      Depends on your sources of information: garbage in, garbage out.

      Look at the Australian Wildfires, and how many people believed the conspiracy theory that arsonists had caused it, not Climate Change.

      We have a 24/7 disinformation network, regardless of whether they call themselves “news”. When hydrochlorothiazide was shown to have serious negative reactions from COVID-19 patients, did Fox spend days letting people know this important detail after they had spent weeks blasting it as Trump’s cure-all-drug?

      When you are among the 40% of Americans who don’t have $400 for an emergency, you don’t have idle cash to invest in a subscription to reputable publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, etc.

      So the only news you get is from your friends or family sharing on Facebook, Russian bots tweeting disinformation, or Fox.

      If that was my news sources, and I was struggling to pay rent when I have nothing saved, I would probably be protesting or storming the state capital.

    • Chris,

      Part of my efforts in my main work pertains to trying to perceive things from the perspective of those whom I am convinced are wrong. Because of this, I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and often discover that how things look on the surface is NOT what is really going on.

      Stephen Covey wrote about this in the original seven habits book and I think he also wrote about this in Spiritual Roots of Human Relations but it has been around twenty years since I read that book.

      Jesus also spoke about this when He said "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

      What exactly did those men who entered the Michigan State House do with the guns they carried and why were they carrying them?

      I wasn't there and I have not watched any videos but I'm going to guess that although they probably did as much shouting as most demonstrators due (including anti-gun demonstrators) that they never used those guns in a violent manner. Maybe they did but since I have not read a report suggesting that they did. Furthermore, I've read that Michigan allows firearms inside its State House.

      Why did they have firearms if they did not use them? Probably because those who carried them were thinking that they were engaged in a legal demonstration of their constitutional rights.

      Now, I am not a gun owner and I am not involved in any of the second amendment political movements, but I am willing to view this conduct from as objective a position as possible.

      There is a difference between saying that they entered the State House and saying that they "stormed" the State House. Why do you say they stormed? When people on the left yell and scream during a demonstrattion do you call them "angry"?

      Again, I wasn't present and I've not talked to these people but there is a difference between saying "Opponents of Michigan's stay at home policy entered the state house, yelling and chanting, and some of them were carrying firearms" and saying "angry men storm the Michigan capital".

      One of those statements is neutral, the other biased.