The Stories Behind These Capitol Images
Jan 26 · 5 min read

by Isabella Zollner

Disturbing images from the Capitol Hill have hardly been scarce because domestic terrorists who infiltrated the Capitol believed that videoing themselves committing federal crimes was a great idea. But there are a few images that especially stick out to me. These pictures tell stories of heroes, like Eugene Goodman, and depict the true depth of insanity that sent these people to the capitol in the first place. Here are 4 of the most impactful pictures and the stories behind them:

Image via Yahoo! News

Eugene Goodman

Image via CNN

Kill Him With His Own Gun

Officer Michael Fanone was one of the scattering of policemen who saw the chaos outside the Capitol Building and did everything he could to help. Fanone isn’t a Capitol Building police officer. He works in narcotics and spends his days as a plain clothes police officer. But when he saw the acts of terrorism at the Capitol Fanone ran in to help. As Fanone tried to push back rioters and was grabbed and pulled into the crowd. Thus followed the violent and viral video that has been circulating. The crowd surrounding Fanone beat and tased him while trying to steal his gun. They can be heard chanting, “Kill Him With His Own Gun!” in the video as they mercilessly beat Officer Fanone. This utter hypocrisy from the very people who claim to stand for the rights of police officers is disappointingly un-surprising. Fanone recalls to CNN,

“So, the other option I thought of was to try to appeal to somebody’s humanity. And I just remember yelling out that I have kids. And it seemed to work,”

He started yelling out that he had kids, and several of the mob members protected him from further harm. Fanone remembers thinking, “Thank you, but f*** you for being there.”

Image via NBC News

The Noose Around our Capitol

Image via Bloomberg News

“Moose” Guy

And if reading that doesn’t disturb you enough knowing that two people were elected to congress — Marjorie Greene from Georgia and Lauren Boebert from Colorado — should. Despite Moose Guy’s egregious crimes his imprisonment seems to be… a little bit flexible. After Chansley was arrested he was given the same prison as other inmates in federal prison. However Chansley refused to eat his food because “It isn’t organic.” While the organic food movement is one that any normal American citizen should be happy to indulge in, Chansley seemed to think that even in prison he was entitled to a diet that costs 10–30% more than manufactured food. Of course, his organic food would be paid for with your tax dollars. After starving himself for three days, Moose Guy was granted a fully organic diet.

Someone could spend all day explaining the stories behind terrifying pictures from January 6th. And the truth is, until we force ourselves to grasp the whole terrifying truth of what happened on January 6th we cannot prevent it from happening again. So it is important to research the stories of our heroes and our villains. And remember just why we have to fight like our lives depend on it. Because just like Eugene Goodman and Fanone’s lives, ours might depend on it some day.

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