I am utterly amazed on so many levels right now. I understand the purpose of free speech and right to assemble, but there is something very very different about neo-Nazis and white supremacists/nationalists protesting their rights.
We, as in America, fought a war to end that mentality. In World War II, once a concentration camp or death camp was liberated, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower forced local residents to march through some of those camps so no one could deny what happened. We know the end result of this mentality; evil in the purest form. How we can fight to end that abhorrent mentality in Europe, but accept it here in America is baffling. The funding that was cut to counter these ideologies needs to not only be reinstated, but increased.
I support our First Amendment rights and I support our Second Amendment rights, but what I saw on TV in Charlottesville failed even the simplest of common sense tests. Rally members adorned with military helmets, AR-15s at low ready, pistols in tactical holsters vests, and all the accessories that go with a tactical outfit is completely absurd. They were not just going to protest the removal of a statue, they were ready and looking for a gun fight.
The second those militia members were showing up to the rally combat ready, it should have been shut down by the local authorities. I see a fundamental difference between personal carry laws for protection and what happened in Charlottesville. If there is no law against organizing a protest in a public square and having members intentionally bring rifles and/or pistols, then there should be. All cities should ensure their permitting process does not allow for this to happen.
Lastly, I am amazed by the lack of a coherent message out of the administration. Speechless.
My heart goes out to the family of Heather Heyer and to all those wounded in the vehicle attack. I hope the driver of that car, James Fields, gets his just dues.