A response to Kelly Scoles' letter:

Hello, once again, Kelly,

I've mentioned before that I'm preoccupied these days by our near occasions of war with China and Russia. That's most important because Joe Biden has only 2-years remaining to finish his mission to end America's freedom as we have known it for 240 years. From his basement lair I can hear Joe chanting in that inimitable whisper, 'Double double toil and trouble, Fire burn and cauldron bubble' while his Democratic Party minions drift around the stew pot.

His fascist-Woke schemes are leading us to that flaming atheist acropolis where the bones of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot, Kim Il-sung, and Kim Jong-il drift in eternal torment, awaiting copycats like Putin, Xí Jìnpíng, Kim Jong Un and five millennia-full of other lost God wannabes. It's good that the universe is expanding; Hell always needs more elbow room as well, to provide space for all of George Floyd's followers engaging in murder, mayhem, and arson.

I feel a little better now that I've gotten that off my chest. I hope the sentiments I've expressed here explain why I have a difficult time finding any sympathy for the causes you present today. I can only say that, if any victim were attacked by an unhinged rioter like Garrett Foster, wielding an AK-47, while surrounded by BLM rioters, the use of deadly force in self-defense is rational, necessary and lawful. The victim should not wait to ask if the rifle is loaded. One does not participate in a notoriously violent BLM riot, holding a firearm without forethought of using it. Here is the typical lie told by the Woke Left: "The George Floyd protests were a series of peaceful protests and riots against police brutality and racism." But here is the verified truth: "According to a September 2020 estimate, arson, vandalism and looting caused about $1–2 billion in insured damage between May 26 and June 8, making this initial phase of the George Floyd protests the civil disorder event with the highest recorded damage in American history." Also, " Nov 5, 2021 — At least six people have been killed in violence connected to the protests that started after Mr. Floyd died in police custody." And, "Aug 22, 2022 — WASHINGTON More than 700 law enforcement officers have been injured on the job during nationwide [BLM] protests over the death of George Floyd with ..." You get the picture.

The BLM movement is shown to be a total scam, driven by three, now millionaire, women.
You ask, "Why are so many Republicans defending these deranged and violent events?" Are you asking about the BLM riots? Or the 4-hour "riot" on January 6, which ended with the continuation of vote counting? Thousands of hours of video evidence at the Capital that day show very peaceful, meandering, groups of citizens escorted through the building by police. No fires, no statues overturned, no firearms except for the Capital cop who shot and killed an innocent female Air Force veteran. The police-FBI-AG reaction will remain a reminder, like, "On the evening of March 5, 1770, British troops fired into a crowd of angry American colonists in Boston who had taunted and violently harassed them. Five colonists were killed. The event, which became known as the Boston Massacre, helped fuel the outrage against British rule—and spurred on the American Revolution.” The outrageous, unconstitutional judicial treatment of hundreds of peaceful Jan. 6 citizens could fuel the outrage against federal fascism in the FBI and Dept. of Justice. It will not be forgotten. The federal treatment of Jan. 6 "rioters" will remain infamous in American history.

And, yes, [Republicans] "will try to convince voters to elect legislators who promise to keep them safe", for sure - safe from what has become a fascist federal bureaucracy.
And that's all I have to say about that.
I leave you with a final thought: Bud Light is a sissy beer!