1/ About 15,000 National Guard troops will be deployed to DC for the inauguration. They will be armed. What are the rules of engagement ? When can they fire? It seems clear that none of this was clear for any law enforcement in the Capitol Building last week.
2/ And as a result of not having clear rules as to when law enforcement could use its weapons, the rioters got extremely close to taking VP Pence abd members of Congress hostage or even killing them.
3/ No one wants to see mass carnage with hundreds of dead insurgents. But letting them reach members of congress and the VP should also have been a nonstarter.
4/ Part of the problem last week was that law enforcement was unprepared & undermanned. Would firing on the rioters have deterred them from entering the Capitol? Though shooting that female rioter did appear to deter them from reaching members in the speaker’s lobby.
5/ Firing on protesters is a lose-lose. It will look bad and create martyrs for the gop terrorist fringe, aka Trump’s base. But letting them reach US Govt officials, when they are per se violent, is a non-starter. That cannot be allowed. But are we prepared for what comes next?

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