Armed Proud Boys Assemble At Ohio Statehouse

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

Carrying a large “Liberty or Death” flag, assault weapons and other firearms, a group of more than 50 gathered at State and Third streets just after 11 a.m outside the Ohio Statehouse. One man, calling himself a Boogaloo mascot, said of the weapons: “Best case scenario, they’re just paper weights. We don’t even pull them out of the holsters.”

One man from northern Ohio, who would only give his initials as “J.C.,” was carrying an AK-47 slung over his shoulder. He said the point of carrying a gun was to “normalize them.” “They are a tool. They are a conversation starter,” he said. “The more familiar people are with guns, the more comfortable they are.”