State Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) made the following statement in response to the deadly riots that took place yesterday (Jan. 6) in Washington, D.C.:
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 7, 2021) — “The series of events that took place in our U.S. Capitol building yesterday were completely unacceptable and un-American, and I wholly condemn them. While protests, demonstrations and marches are all constructive approaches to show dissatisfaction, once violent activity begins, the message is washed away.
"I grew up in a time where major protests and marches were relatively common because of the objection to the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, and although hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, their goal was never to cause damage or chaos, but to simply make their voices heard. In recent years, our country's protests and demonstrations have often become less about spreading a message and, unfortunately, more about the event itself – and what it can turn into when people want to purposely cause harm. What I saw yesterday, the first breach of the U.S. Capitol building since 1814, was unacceptable.
"I am grateful, however, the demonstrations that took place at the Indiana Statehouse were just that – demonstrations – and did not turn into chaotic mobs trying to break into the legislators' offices. I hope and pray our great country can move forward and once again be united – starting today."