NY Times reporter Jeremy W. Peters writes that Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger brought a gun along with him to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Punchbowl News released a piece of Peters’ new book where he says:
“Kinzinger’s wife asked him about coming to the Capitol to watch as the U.S. Congress and the VP, in his constitutional role as the leader of the Senate, carried out their responsibilities in finalizing the election. This procedure had happened with only minor hiccups since the U.S. Congress started it in the mid-twentieth century.”
“But Kinzinger said to his wife to not come. He also informed his staff not to come to the office. And he packed his pistol, a .38 caliber Ruger LCP, before departing. Like many who were there that day, Kinzinger says an almost bestial energy was in the air. “I felt a true darkness over the place that I have never felt before,” he stated. Later, after speaking to police officers who were there at the scene, he recalls one said that, “We felt a lot of evil.”
The except continues:
“Kinzinger still felt uneasy…and chose to go back to his office across the street. He went through the underground tunnels to get around having to deal with the crowds, which had then advanced closer to the U.S. Capitol. He had not been in his office for very long until a chilling emergency alert from the Capitol Police hit the inboxes of congressional staffers. It stated there was a threat within the building. Everybody should lock and stay away from the windows and doors. “Stay quiet,” the email said, ordering them to silence all their electronics. “No one will be allowed to exit or enter the building until USCP clears it.”
“Kinzinger hid inside his office with his gun out.”
On Nov. 11, 2021, The Hill stressed a Rolling Stones’ interview with Kinzinger in which he stated he was “hunkered down” inside his office for many hours “with his gun out.”
The fact that Kinzinger discouraged his wife from joining him and that he brought his gun proves that he was aware that the day’s events would be more than a protest.