PoliticsWednesday 10.05.22

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says January 6th was not an armed insurrection and falsely claims “zero” guns were confiscated.

Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, said that January 6th was not an armed insurrection and falsely claimed “zero” guns were confiscated. Reports confirm that individuals were arrested on January 6th for having firearms on U.S. Capitol grounds.

JOHNSON: “There weren't thousands of armed insurrectionists. I asked the question of the FBI agent at a hearing on this, how many firearms were confiscated, either in the Capitol or on Capitol grounds? I didn’t know the answer, for all I know it was going to be 1000. No. Zero. Zero. Now the summer protesters did teach us all how you can use flagpoles, that kind of stuff as weapons, but to call what happened on January 6th an armed insurrection, I just think is not accurate. You saw the pictures inside the Capitol, I saw them that day, but the the armed insurrectionists stayed within the rope lines in the Rotunda. I'm sure that's not what an armed insurrection would look like. And I don't think you'd be able to reopen Congress about six hours later and complete the counting of the electoral votes if there literally had been an armed insurrection. So again I realized that term has been used to inflame the situation. I think it's grossly inaccurate but I understand what one side of the political spectrum is trying to do. They’re trying to paint half of America as potential domestic terrorists or semi-fascists. That's what's dividing this country. I mean again it's just not an accurate description.”

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