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We know that guns deter ordinary thug criminals or render them harmless. Now, in Michigan, it may just be that they are serving their original purpose: deterring tyranny.

Michigan closed down its capitol in Lansing on Thursday and canceled its legislative session rather than face the possibility of an armed protest and death threats against Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The gathering, meant to advocate opening the state for business despite the coronavirus pandemic, followed one April 30 that resulted in pictures of protesters clad in military-style gear and carrying long guns crowding the statehouse. They confronted police and taunted lawmakers.

It was always this easy. Make them feel the fear they’d have us all live in. Let this spread to all levels of government and everywhere around the land! Keep ’em honest.