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Would-be assassin of Brett Kavanaugh arrested

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The escalating cycles of political violence are never going to be a one-way ratchet:

A man armed with a pistol, a knife and other weapons was arrested near the Maryland home of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh early Wednesday after he said he traveled from California to kill the Supreme Court justice, federal officials said.

Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, Calif., was charged with attempted murder after two U.S. deputy marshals saw him step out of taxicab in front of the justice’s house in Chevy Chase, Md., early Wednesday morning, dressed in black and carrying a suitcase, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland.

Mr. Roske saw the two deputies, who were standing next to their parked car, and walked down the street, according to a federal affidavit.

Soon after, the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center received a call from Mr. Roske, who said he was having suicidal thoughts and had a firearm in his suitcase, according to the affidavit.

Increased political violence is likely to be a persistent feature of the long disjunction, and the explosion in firearm ownership is only going to make it worse.

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