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The Anarchy Mob Is NOT Burning Tulsa: Oklahoma Officials Send in Huge National Guard Presence

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Opinion | Shaun King sent out a tweet the other day that I thought would be important to share.

Don’t worry, I’m just as surprised as you are that a tweet from Mr. King is leading off this post:

STOP generically telling us to VOTE in response to all of the police brutality we have right now. Yes we should vote. But we have to be VERY specific. Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. We voted for them.

Mr. King is right.  If you look at the areas of the map where the most suffering is happening, where the lawlessness if through the roof, you will find that most of them just so happen to be run by Democrat majority governments.

Now compare this to Trump rally, where zero people died and there were very few reports of violence, yet plenty of political speech, from polar opposite ends of the spectrum.

Also, keep in mind that peaceful protesting is, perhaps the most important part of American civil society.  It is what makes America great.

While I do not agree with all that the protesters have to say, it is very important that we protect their right to make their points, PEACEFULLY.  That being said, there is no place for violence in politics, and when the two intersect things get very, very messy.

The Washington Post reported, in an article entitled ‘Verbal confrontations and boiling tempers, but no violence at Trump Tulsa rally’:

‘Adding to the fortified atmosphere, about 250 National Guard soldiers were on hand to assist local authorities. Some were armed in response to an elevation of the threat level, said Lt. Col. Geoff Legler, a spokesman for the Guard. Initially, the plan was to equip them only with batons, shields and pepper spray.

Before 3 p.m., a couple of blocks from the rally venue, Black Lives Matters activists and Trump supporters clashed in the middle of Fourth Street, outside the barricades overseen by the National Guard and Tulsa police. Police stepped in to clear the street and separate megaphone-shouting protesters from the Trump supporters who were yelling right back.

William Dunbar, a 33-year-old Tulsa resident, approached the faceoff between Trump supporters and protesters with firearms strapped across his chest and on his hip to express his “First and Second Amendment rights.”

The Tulsa native said he was there as a deterrent.

“The last thing I want is to hurt another individual,” he said. “I’m a de-escalator.”’

Trump supporters welcomed the National Guard and the security that their presence brought to the event.

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