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If a mob riots out in the open then you water cannon them into submission to regain control of the situation. That is the rule of law. These people are terrorists who attempted to overthrow the gov't today so you must put that insurrection down immediately to regain control. The rule of law says to regain control by that means necessary - when you cross into that building then that is death. These terrorists should have been shot dead by DC police.
There is a fundamental difference between a mob rioting and a First Amendment protected assembly in the USA. When that difference is elided by violence in an erstwhile protected assembly, law enforcement in the USA doesn't automatically shift to a war footing, they shift to defense of life and limb and property.