When the topic of guns comes up, it’s usually the left that argues our AR-15s are useless against a tyrannical government. “You can’t use an AR-15 against a tank,” they argue. Of course, no one actually thinks they do, but they work quite well against the people who operate those tanks.
Meanwhile, though, the people who make this argument generally are using it as an excuse to justify restricting firearm access. They think that if you can’t get guns, you can’t commit criminal acts.
Some of those same people? They’re building IEDs.
Now, they’re not building particularly effective IEDs, at least when compared to what our troops dealt with over in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t cause real problems.
For example, we have the makeshift hand grenades some have tried using.
A federal law enforcement document reviewed by Breitbart Texas reports that “protesters” who attacked the Atlanta Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) embedded nails into commercial-grade fireworks. The devices were reportedly discovered after the protest ended Sunday morning.
Breitbart Texas reviewed an FBI “activity alert” regarding the use of modified fireworks during the demonstrations in Atlanta, which began on July 25. The alert states that approximately 100 to 200 people dressed in dark clothing, backpacks, goggles, and helmets approached the ICE office in Atlanta. The subjects reportedly carried shields, bats, and large sticks.
Following the attack that left 20 broken windows, “bomb technicians discovered commercial grade fireworks with nails embedded in the mortar shell,” the document reads.
Images of the modified fireworks show multiple large nails embedded in the devices.
The idea here is clear. The fireworks detonate and the nails become shrapnel.
Will it work? I have no idea. I wouldn’t think it would work quite like a fragmentation grenade since the force of the detonation wouldn’t seen the nails outward, but it’s an attempt.
This follows reports from the so-called Battle of Berkeley that Antifa thugs there were using M80s in glass bottles to try and recreate grenades to some degree. This represents a line of development in Antifa’s weapons.
However, this isn’t an isolated example, either. In fact, as Matt Vespa reported at our sister site Townhall, Seattle police seized a van loaded with other IEDs.
Now, Chief Best has revealed the contents of a van impounded during the riots last Saturday, which include—shocker—bombs, spiked strips, bear spray, and lasers. Best said that these items were being handed out to these left-wing vermin from the van. This isn’t protesting. It’s terrorism—and more federal agents should be deployed as a result. This mayhem has gone on for weeks. It’s time to put the mob down.
All that is bad enough all on its own.
It’s not all there is, either. On Thursday, one of our other sister sites, PJ Media, had this:
The riots on Saturday followed a protest in support of the antifa rioters in Portland, who have attempted to burn down the federal courthouse and Justice Center in nearly two straight months of violent riots. Seattle rioters used a van packed with fireworks, smoke bombs, stun guns, bear and pepper spray, gas masks, and more. At one point, rioters set off an explosive that blew an 8-inch hole through a wall of the Police Department’s East Precinct, the Seattle Times reported. Rioters injured 59 police officers.
Now, it should be noted that the van in this paragraph is the same van Vespa talked about. Just to be clear here.
Regardless, while the explosive was small enough that it didn’t destroy the wall entirely, it was still more than enough to potentially kill people.
And yet, many of these will still argue that we don’t need AR-15s, that they’re not useful for opposing a tyrannical government. Yet these are people who think they’re opposing a tyrannical government and they’re using fireworks to create improvised explosive devices.
Do they not see the irony here?
Sorry, but I’ll be keeping all of my guns. I might–and I don’t believe I can actually say this seriously–need to use them against people with fireworks.