Hundreds of gun-toting visitors swarmed on Gettysburg during a hot Independence Day Saturday to protect monuments nobody was taking down and stop a supposed flag burning event law enforcement publicly said last week was a hoax.

“The good, the bad and the ugly is all part of the fabric of our country,” Don Wright of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, said as he stood next to the Virginia Monument on Confederate Avenue with an AR-15 strapped on his shoulder.

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