One of the routine arguments by the pro-gun crowd is that the Second Amendment gives them the right to own firearms to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. But what happens when those guns are used to try to topple the government?

Federal and state officials in Michigan announced the arrests Oct. 8 of more than a dozen people on charges related to two alleged plots, one to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, and try her for treason, and the other an alleged scheme to attack the Michigan state Capitol with the aim of killing police and other first responders.

About the writer: Scott Martelle, a veteran journalist and author of six history books, is a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board. Distributed by TNS.

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Lanivan

It just may be that every generation of newby far-right domestic/fascistic terrorists needs to be confronted with the law in the form of potential death penalty/execution, and life sentences. Let justice begin!

Rottweiler

Lanivan why do you live here? Move to your Democratic utopia in Detroit, Chicago or Los Angeles. You and everyone else will be happier

Rottweiler

Did this clown get a speeding ticket in Michigan once and has never gotten over it? Stay in Los Angeles and worry about your crime and murder rate.

Rottweiler

Of course it should but so should ANTIFA, riots, burning and looting and the armed takeover of part of Seattle and the vandalism of Federal property in Portland. But we don’t want to be objective here.

Vladtheimp

Is Dave a historian or a hysterian? As an alleged historian, one would think he would have done some rudimentary research and discovered the ringleaders are left wing, anti-Trump Anarchists, not right wing whackos.

One would also hope Dave would understand that the President was addressing the thousands of citizens, including barbers and hairstylists protesting Whitmer's illegal and unconstitutional lockdown orders, and not a handful of Anarchists.

But as is usually the case with Leftists suffering from TDS, one would be wrong.

Lanivan

"Is Dave a historian or a hysterian? As an alleged historian, one would think he would have done some rudimentary research and discovered the ringleaders are left wing, anti-Trump Anarchists, not right wing whackos." While appreciating your little play on letters (histor - hyster), this is total bunk, and you know it. Please provide links that tell us that most domestic terrorism in the 21st century is caused by left-wing activists. Go ahead.....I'll be waiting. As for the barber/hairstylist issue, most people I know would not go to a business that didn't comply with all safety precautions, and until then, dealt with covid hair as best they could. I've cut my husband's hair for 30 years at his request, so no problemo there. I, on the other hand, looked like an aging, gray hippie. But at least I stayed healthy and covid-free, thank you Gov Whitmer for your wisdom and hard work.

Rottweiler

Why provide facts to a fool?

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