So here’s a thought experiment. It seems that what’s reportedly going on in Portland is precisely the kind of overreach by the federal government that is warned about regularly on this site, and it would be interesting to have some reflection (civil, of course…) on a couple of questions:
Do our views of government actions depend on our sympathy for the politics of those who are impacted? Imagine this was the response to pro-2A protesters; would we feel any different?
For someone who is responsibly carrying, what are the possible responses should a group of armed men in camouflage jump out of an unmarked van and approach them without identifying themselves? How easy would it be for this to spiral out of control?
Is it possible that these actions are driven by politics, and directed more to voters in Florida or Michigan than they are about actions in Portland? Since all the authorities in Oregon (governor, mayor, senators, even the chief of police) suggest that these federal forces are only escalating tensions and have asked them to leave, what does this suggest for the principle local governance?
I really am asking these questions sincerely. I know the politics of USCCA members stretch across the spectrum, and I learn a lot here, especially from those whose views are different than mine.