Last Saturday, counter-demonstrators to a rally in support of President Donald Trump showed up open carrying rifles and pistols. When a Phoenix New Times reporter noticed the rifle-totin’ red-scarfed brigade, he followed along . . .
As I walked next to them, we would encounter obstacles, like parked cars, and so forth, and I mostly would go around the other side of the obstacle, and then catch back up with the group.
But at one point, I walked next to a dude in a yellow headscarf, whom I’d tried to talk with before, and I brushed against him, unintentionally.
I didn’t think much of it, as the sidewalk is only so big, but he apparently took offense, because in retaliation, he walked backwards into me, pushing me aside.
This is the sort of thing that I would normally expect from the right-wing militia-types, but, in reality, the group was little more than an ad hoc left-wing militia. So I shouldn’t have been surprised.
Needless to say, this ticked me off and my language was a tad salty. Eventually, the group stopped, and a guy in sunglasses demanded to see my credentials.
I told him I was with Phoenix New Times, but I wasn’t going to show him anything unless he identified himself to me.
He would not do this, and the conversation went back and forth, with him asking me to stop filming and leave, and me informing him that we’re in a public place and I’m not going anywhere.
“I’m just going to warn you that we’re not responsible for anything that might happen to that phone,” he told me, meaning the phone I was holding.
Not surprisingly, at the end of his story, he wrote:
In hindsight, it occurs to me that if a left-wing militia and a right-wing militia, such as the ALG, cross paths at an future demonstration, there very easily could be bloodshed.
I explored the increasing likelihood that good guy gun owners will die at the hands of leftists with guns in the piece, “Will the Left’s Civil War Turn Deadly?”
The left have proven themselves skilled at subversion, disinformation and yes, violence. They have the support of the news media, Hollywood, the entertainment industry and social media justice warriors. And they have a ton of money.
What’s more, the Democrat party seems to love these Black block/antifa-types as well. Remember who commands the police in those Democrat-controlled cities, and who prosecutes criminal cases.
What happens if someone accidentally puts a round in the dirt while carelessly caressing his or her trigger at one of these events? By the same token, what happens if one of the antifa-types shoots a Trump supporter? Or even one of their own?
Don’t underestimate violent leftists. You can laugh at them and call them “brown shirts with belly rolls,” but you do so at your own peril. As always, if you can legally carry, do so.