Storming the US Capitol: What Happened And What It Means For You


Garrett Duncan, Contributor

On Jan. 6, 2021, the United States Capitol Building was stormed by a mob of radical Republicans who believed that the US election had been rigged. The group marched straight to the capitol, spraying chemicals, throwing objects, and brandishing guns. They broke through the doors and windows of the capitol, and eventually made it inside the very halls where the electoral votes would have been counted. House representatives and senators hid in rooms until evacuated. Outside news crews had to keep their distance, as the rioters would steal and break filming equipment that was seen, unless it belonged to one of their own. (CBS News) Fifty two people were arrested, and after the building was cleared, multiple IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) were found.

Before this happened, a rally was held by Donald Trump with a large number of attendees.  He spoke on how he wished Mike Pence would come through for them, and help him win. He also encouraged people to protest in front of the Capitol as votes were being called. (PBS News) Many of the people at the rally did just that and its extreme members, estimated to be about 10% of the amount at the rally, actually stormed the building. The normal supporters outside were bad enough, breaking cameras, and acting aggressively towards police, but the people who went inside the capitol were worse. These were the people who were ready to hurt the police, and kill people. These extreme 10% were the ones who set bombs, and stole things from the capitol building.

In this chaos of extremists, attacks, fighting, and weapons usage, it is no surprise that some people were killed or seriously injured. (KTLA News) Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after being slammed on the head with a fire extinguisher during a fight with a large group of rioters. He is one of many police who received serious trauma from things like metal pipes and fire extinguishers. Benjamin Phillips died of a stroke during the attack, Kevin Greeson had a heart attack, and Rosanne Boyland was simply trampled by the other rioters during fighting. Perhaps the most covered death is that of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot after she tried to climb through a window into the capitol.  A police officer inside of the capitol fired after she got close to the window, hitting her in the neck and killing her.  (The Daily News)

This was a very dangerous situation. Left-leaning groups have not done anything this important yet, and I believe this will mark a changing point in tactics. Though Trump has announced that he is giving up the presidency to Biden, there are people who will still protest. People in areas where protests are common should be prepared, because now both sides are ready to fight police, ignore laws, and kill people to get their points across.

Now that both the left and the right are ready to riot, President Biden is going to have to be very careful about what he does, and the laws that he makes. He could end up with some massive property destruction and riots.