This is a “point of order” post because, if memory serves, at least one commenter in the Forum has claimed that firearms were found among the weapons confiscated from those Capitol rioters who were arrested. More generally, however, the idea that the riot was an “insurrection” is turning out to be a farce, a product of overheated imaginations.
Theoretically, if an angry mob of citizens entered the halls of Congress and gave a physical drubbing to every member, that wouldn’t be an insurrection; that would be democracy in action. By the same logic, of course, a military style assault would be democracy in action, too. But surely, smart observers can discern a fundamental difference between the two event types.