Yeah, I wish people realized that this is NFAC and their leader is super anti-Semitic. Basically like NOI and KKK. However, I’m still all for them having an armed peaceful protest as long as they’re not shooting people or themselves of course. I’m all for people being armed and protesting, but one of them negligently discharged their firearm shooting themselves and at least one other person near them. They also had to stop their march early on to be told not to aim their firearms anywhere but the ground. If you’re going to carry a gun, do it responsibly. I don’t care if you’re open carrying protesting for social justice or open carrying protesting to open a damn Applebee’s wearing a MAGA hat. Carry the gun safely or don’t own guns at all! Freedom is a two-edged sword of which one edge is liberty and the other responsibility, on which both edges are exceedingly sharp; and which is not easily handled by casual, cowardly or treacherous hands.
There was a podcast on NPR a few years back that covered this. What they were conveying, if I remember correctly, was that people who trained in the military had a higher threshold for what was conceived as a threat. When some of these people came back and became cops what they saw were these ex-military cops were less likely to shoot because they were better able to assess if they were in a situation that posed a real threat. I think the podcast was hidden brain but I can’t remember what episode.