Respectfully, I was on the other side of this helping organize Lobby Day in January. We were all exercising our 1A rights to campaign for 2A. One of our biggest worries is that there might be bad actors among us who would start some mayhem, including shooting. Then we would have been in the position of people saying it was our choice to stand with people doing violence, so if we got hit in the crossfire, people might have said it shouldn't be a surprise and we deserved it.I think if a good guy has made the poor choice to stand with a rioter destroying property and hurting people, whatever comes his way shouldn't be a surprise.
I think most of these people are pure protesters and that is a treasured right in this country. I think the mayhem is done by a small percentage of bad actors. FWIW, there was violence here in Richmond last night. This morning, a bunch of peaceful protesters showed up to help business owners clean up their property that was destroyed by bad actors. One of them said, "We were here to protest only. We do not condone violence or destruction." So how do you hit a mixed group like that with "overwhelming force?"