There was once a time when Americans were not so divided that we couldn’t at least agree that taking a gallows pole, zip ties, and bear spray to the Capitol Building with plans to overpower Capitol Police, kidnap elected officials, and hang the vice president was a terrible thing to do. With Republicans doing their best to gaslight the public and tell us that there was no insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, even though everyone watched it happen on television, a claim they’ve made because they insist that no one had any “real” weapons, it’s important to remember that four Capitol Police officers who defended the building and the people in it have died since that day due to injuries they sustained, including those who took their own lives after sustaining traumatic brain injuries.
There was an insurrection, and carrying AR-15s wasn’t necessary to achieve it.
As investigations continue, it appears that more weapons than previously stated were carried to the Capitol Building that day. In addition to bombs planted in the nearby area, stun guns, pepper spray, flag poles, and guns were found on the scene, even if ex-president Donald Trump insists that never happened. There were also Molotov cocktails, as 70-year-old Alabama resident Lonnie Coffman plans to confess in court when he pleads guilty this week.
According to a local news source in Montgomery, Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser:
‘The bombs were constructed from Mason jars, golf tees and cloth rags. After his arrest, Coffman told authorities they contained gasoline and melted Styrofoam, an explosive mixture that “causes the flammable liquid to better stick to objects that it hits upon detonation,” according to court documents.
‘A federal prosecutor likened the mixture to “homemade napalm” on Friday.
‘Police found Coffman’s truck, parked on a block behind the Cannon House Office Building and the Library of Congress, in a bomb squad sweep related to a separate pipe bomb scare in the area. An officer flagged the red pickup after spotting the handle of a gun in the cab.’
Coffman brought 11 Molotov cocktails, an M4 Carbine assault rifle, and a handgun to the attack, all of which were seized by a bomb squad. Claims that the insurrection never happened or have been exaggerated because there were “no weapons” is clearly false.
The Alabama man faces multiple felony charges and will face a judge in January, 2022.
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the revelation that even more serious weapons than previously reported were present at the riot. Read some of their comments below: