After 100 nights of attacks on federal law-enforcement officials protecting federal buildings, these individuals are being called storm troopers by Democratic leaders. If you look at most of the BLM and Antifa “protesters” and vandals, they’re the ones who look and act like Nazi brown shirts from 1930s Germany.
What is going on at the federal courthouse in Portland is the same thing that happened in 1860 when the Confederacy (Democrats) started shooting at Fort Sumter. Today, instead of using state militias to start the Civil War, they are using BLM and Antifa as their foot soldiers to attack federal facilities around the country. Many Democrat-controlled states and cities have basically declared war on the United States government but do not have the guts to actually say it.
The Department of Homeland Security has exercised excessive restraint in dealing with these attackers. That policy needs to change now. If you reward bad behavior, you just get more of it. Anyone who has raised children knows that.
This should be the new policy: If you attempt or do anything that is likely to kill or seriously injure a DHS official or destroy federal property, you will be shot with a lethal weapon, using real bullets. Anyone near said people will be warned that they may end up dead, too, as collateral damage cannot be avoided in combat.
The dead and wounded in the streets would be the responsibility of Portland’s mayor. After a few dozen such people are shot, the rioters will disperse.
WAYNE L. JOHNSON
Commander, Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (retired)
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