Two years ago, a small number of Tea Partiers carried guns to the rallies.
In every single example, the owners followed applicable state laws; they either had permits for open-carry, or were in states that didn’t restrict open carry of handguns and/or long arms, whichever were applicable.
And for all of the left’s barbering on the subject, not one single episode of violence was ever, not once, pinned to a Tea Partier, save for a single threatening phone call, and that caller’s been convicted. Not that the left didn’t try; every time a Tea Partier sneexed or looked the wrong way, someone tried to claim there was violence, racism or both. The only actual physical violence involving the Tea Party was carried out by counterprotesters and supporters of liberal congresscritters at Town Hall meetings.
But those Tea Partiers with their guns (which, for the record, I found counterproductive; no sense inflaming your opposition’s most paranoid instincts for no good reason) were legal – with no excpetions that I’m aware of.
Not so much this alleged episode:
Dozens of rounds of live ammunition were found outside the Capitol Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.
Dane County deputies found 11 rounds near the State street entrance Thursday morning, said UW-Madison Police Chief Susan Riseling. Twenty-nine rounds were found near the King Street entrance, and one round was found near the North Hamilton Street entrance, Riseling said.
Department of Administration lawyer Steven Means is asking that the Capitol be cleared for a security check.
Riseling said all the bullets were 22-caliber long rifle hollow points. Officers were conducting a sweep of the grassy areas and bushes outside the Capitol.
Bear in mind that Wisconsin is one of few states where it is completely illegal for a civilian to get any carry permit under and circumstances.
So if it’s true – we’ll check back – it means that some pro-union protester is walking around with an utterly illegal firearm. (Or that some protester is dropping ammo around to freak people out. Either way…)