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re There is nothing these protesters want more than to recieve some real bullets.
If I may take the liberty of opposing your point of view, I think this is some sort of cross between a temper tantrum and a lark for the protestors/rioters. A great adventure they can glory in and exaggerate when it is all over.
The problem with receiving bullets is who will take the hits? Like the old story of which mouse will tie the bell around the cat's neck.
If they really wanted to be on the receiving end of bullets, all they would have to do is fire on the police.
Quite frankly I've been surprised there has been so little gunplay in all of this.
I'm leaning toward Bird Dog here. Which Antifa/BLM thug takes the first bullets? The other guy. Some of those terrorists have already started arming themselves (e.g. NFAC - Not F*ing Around Coalition). If they hadn't, I might agree more with you, feeble.
Most of them have no idea that they are being set up as targets but their leaders do. Watch the following video. A girl is yelling at a cop who told her to get back up, "Or F*ing what! So they arrested her and she can't believe it. Neither can her friends, "Are you serious?"
That's what will happen when the bullets start to fly. Most of them won't know why they're being shot at and their hatred for the police will escalate from even their present levels. The media will soft pedal the destruction of personal and public property and focus on the idiot who got shot. The thugs and the press will hope that some undecided people will begin to hate the police too.
This is not so much a protest as it is a coordinated attack on the established order. They don't want to find middle ground. They have no real plan other than to destroy. They will not be negotiated with. They are being allowed to do what they are doing, because these are mostly Democrat controlled cities. They are the militant wing of the Democrat Party and they are doing everything they can to defeat the possibility of a Trump second term. All of which tells me that Trump is effective and if the country is fortunate enough to have 4 more years of him, I hope he destroys the Democrat Party and their friends in the CCP.
They are "protesting" EXACTLY the same thing the anti-war protestors were protesting in 1967; that Summer when many of our cities burned and were bombed. They were protesting the possibility that Democrats might lose the election and their hope and intent was to change the odds. This is 100% political and has nothing to do with black lives, it is all about changing the narrative and hopefully forcing voters to vote for change rather than a strong economy and lower taxes. Simple as that!
They just are showing the classic Democrat behavioral training. Demand everything, create chaos, instigate violence unilaterally, taunt until violence is exacted by the authorities, scream in triumph when it is meted out - that the oppressor has been goaded into folly. The magical thinking part is in believing that there are enough people that the victim won't be yourself. Believing that the numbers will protect you as an individual. All very revolutionary chic.
Not exactly about escalating the violence to shoot, but this posting on another site explains why the government is using police from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Basically, ICE has a "conservative-friendly" mission and has been the recipient of additional funding for border enforcement. Bottom line is that they are considered more reliable than other agencies. (FBI and DOJ are taken as having been institutionally captured by the Left.)
Also, the feds are using face recognition software to find the instigators, plus everyone they arrest they vacuum up all documents on the person, including cell phone contacts, driver's licences, credit card activity, etc., etc., and capture the info into a database.
Well worth a read, including all the comments. (If you have trouble getting the site to load, just click the link a second time.)
Facial recognition will be hampered somewhat by the rioters wearing masks (coronavirus, doncha know). But turning arrestees into informants is going to be a game changer, because antifa and BLM are filled with little pretenders who really don't want to spend their young years in prison.