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As you know I don’t usually do a newsletter on Fridays, but I published a special story after sending yesterday’s issue out and wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it.
Some Republican members of Congress are trying to downplay the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by claiming that no guns belonging to members of the pro-Trump mob were confiscated by police.
Police records reviewed by The Uprising show that at least four guns were confiscated from people who were arrested during the unrest that day as supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol dome to protest certification of President Biden’s election victory.
Over the past two weeks, I have been examining efforts by House Republicans to diminish the severity of the Capitol siege that took place that day. This claim there were “no firearms” involved is one of the core arguments that has been repeated by multiple GOP House members who oppose efforts to investigate the attack. I have already examined how that simply didn’t add up, but police records reviewed by The Uprising indicate that claim is demonstrably false.
According to date provided to The Uprising by the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department at least four people were arrested with firearms in conjunction with “unrest” in DC on January 6. This includes a Maryland man who has been identified as a pro-Trump protester. He was arrested inside the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center and charged with possessing a firearm on Capitol grounds as well as “a large capacity ammunition feeding device.”
The claim that there were no guns found that day has been advanced by multiple Republicans including; Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ).
Read the full story → here.
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FUN FACT: Of course, I always try to leave you with a fun fact every day. Today would have been the 49th birthday of Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G. You should celebrate by listening to this several times and watching this exceptional live performance.
And if you don’t know, now you know.
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