Insurrection’s one-year-anniversary brings up old debates

January 6, 2022

As I listen to the clacking of the keyboards and soft murmur of voices in the Rubicon classroom I think back to last year and remember the insurrection of the Capital. Conflicting feelings were warring throughout my mind as a became shocked at the privilege a person has to attack the Capitol and to not expect retribution or consequences. I imagine the fear polluting the air and overcoming the congressmen’s senses as the rioters attempt to break in, at that moment they must have felt powerless. As I reflect on my feelings during that day I compare the insurrection to the BLM protests that were taking place and the tear gas, rubber bullets, and smoke grenades that were used against them. The mob outside the Capitol contained people with the intent to carry out bodily harm and property destruction. I also felt a sense of satisfaction that Trump was blamed and his supporters were placed in an unfavorable light because I did not realize the impossibility of the insurrection occurring. A severe attack on the Capitol has not happened in a very long time and since I am younger I had to have that part explained, how the older generations were even more shocked. I am also frustrated with the security while they could not have predicted it but they should have dissuaded the Trump supporters from relying on violence. While Trump is ultimately at fault for the escalation of events the supporters are responsible for their actions.

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