“The threat of political violence endangers public officials, the general public and the democratic legitimacy of our state government. Details of a plot reveled today by state and federal law enforcement are both shocking and gravely concerning.

“In addition to prosecuting these conspirators, we must make our collective condemnation of political violence unequivocal. Leaders of both political parties must denounce these right-wing militias and be clear that they will find no quarter in Michigan. To flirt with their ideology for political gain is to invite violence.

“It is also abundantly clear, now more than ever before, that immediate action must be taken to prohibit firearms from the State Capitol building. There is no excuse for the ongoing inaction or failure to act as a very really threat exists to the safety of Members, staff, the public and our state government.”

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