If you listen to the Democrats and the media (though I repeat myself), you would think that the events of the January 6th Capitol Riot were unprecedented in our history. After angry Right-wingers breached the halls of Congress, we’ve heard nonstop that this was an act of violence to rival either 9/11 or the entire Civil War, depending on who you ask. What we’ve been told lately is that Capitol Hill had never been attacked before. The building was constructed in 1800, was peaceful for 221 years, and then evil, racist, Trump supporters were the first to break the peace.
Except this narrative is false.
The Capitol has seen several incidents of violence, ranging from duels and brawls between members of Congress to bombings and gunfire by terrorist groups.
And, yes, people were killed.
The media are downright lazy for this oversight… that, or they just don’t want the public to know the truth. Some simple research on History.com would have dissuaded them of the notion that Capitol Hill had never been attacked before.
So, in an effort to do the dissuading for them, the following are previous instances of violence committed on the grounds of the United States Capitol, according to History.com:
“During the war of 1812, the Capitol was burned by invading British forces.
Historian Joanne B. Freeman identified more than 70 violent occurrences between congressmen while researching her book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to the Civil War. In 1858, a fistfight between about 30 congressmen broke out in the House of Representatives at 2:00 a.m. when a southerner grabbed a northerner by the throat.
On July 2, 1915, a former German professor at Harvard, Erich Muenter, planted a package containing three sticks of dynamite in the Capitol near the Senate Reception room. The explosive detonated around midnight and during a time when the Senate had been on recess.
On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican Americans fired guns in the House of Representatives, injuring five congressmen. The attackers said they acted to demand independence for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
On March 1, 1971, a bomb exploded in the Capitol building. While the explosion did not injure anyone, it caused some $300,000 in damage. A group calling itself the Weather Underground claimed to be behind the bombing and said it was in protest of the ongoing U.S.-supported bombing of Laos.
Thirteen years later, on November 7, 1983, a bomb tore through the second floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol. The device detonated late in the evening and no one was harmed, but it caused an estimated $250,000 in damage. A group calling itself the Armed Resistance Unit later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for military actions in Grenada and Lebanon. Seven people were eventually arrested in connection with the attack.
Political causes aside, individuals have committed acts of violence on Capitol grounds through the decades. These incidents include an 1890 fatal shooting sparked by a feud between a reporter and a former congressman and a 1998 fatal shooting of two Capitol Police officers in 1998 by a man who claimed the U.S. was plagued by cannibalism and a fictional disease.”
Well, there you go, media. Turns out that Capitol Hill has seen its fair share of violence before. Doesn’t make what happened on January 6th right, but it does mean it wasn’t unique.
Hope this helps.
As they say, facts are stubborn things. But, then again, the media doesn’t seem to value facts to begin with…at least the ones that get in the way of their almighty narrative.