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DC – GUN NEWS – Gas masks, a prayer and guns drawn. Inside the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building

The U.S. House of Representatives was already on edge when a Capitol police officer halted proceedings Wednesday afternoon and loudly told lawmakers that they might need to crawl beneath their chairs. Then a series of bangs rang out as the doors to the chamber were sealed. Police told the politicians to find their gas masks. And in the distance, someone said a prayer. Already an unprecedented afternoon in the nation’s capital, an acrimonious debate in Congress over whether to accept the results of Joe Biden’s win in the November election devolved into chaos Wednesday as a pro-Trump mob forced its way into Capitol Hill and clashed violently with police. A woman was shot inside the Capitol Building, where she was pronounced dead, according to multiple reports. Officers were injured and tear gas was deployed in the Capitol Building as a political effort to undermine democracy gave way to a violent attempt to overrun it. “This is what an attempted coup looks like,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from Broward County, who spoke to the Miami Herald over the phone from Washington. The rush on Congress — declared a riot by police — began after throngs that had gathered to hear Trump speak moved toward Capitol Hill, where they clashed with police, surrounded the building and then broke in as the House and Senate debated whether to accept the results of the presidential election in Arizona. Inside the House of Representatives chamber, a Miami Herald reporter heard police officers bar the door from the inside and tell everyone to remain in place. The proceedings were halted for about two minutes.  [full article]

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