Fight! Guns vs Hackers. Different weapons. Valid purposes. (Different generations because of the choice of weapons?)
Anyway, on a serious note...
Even though the purpose of armed protests is to defend freedom, and the purpose of archiving Parler posts is to keep proof of wrong doing (https://twitter.com/donk_enby/status/482859036), I think that a question of ethics remains:
As far as your question "Do the ends justify the means?" That question is always a slippery slope. Does anyone condone the idea of murdering a sleeping baby in a crib? Yet, the baby Hitler idea (going back in time to when he was an infant and slaughtering him in the crib) has been debated through the ages.
I think each person determines what means they're willing to go to for the ends they seek. For me, I think in some circumstances, the ends justify the means, in other times, no. Can't give you an example off the top of my head, though.
Joshua Phillip Epoch Times guy, did a live chat where he discussed a numerous amount of items, including the rumors that Trump was going to declare martial law and the communist looking flyer that was advertising these 'armed protests' in D.C. and state capitals.
He and I are of the same mind on this: That the left, having gotten what they wanted using the guise of Trumpsters last week (yeah, there were Trumpsters who went into the Capitol and have been arrested, but John Sullivan also went in and was near Ashli when she was murdered, but was released and isn't being charged), are planning to have BLM, Antifa etc, on the streets with weapons so the incoming Biden administration can go after the 2nd Amendment harder, faster & stronger than ever before.
Of course BLM & Antifa want the 2nd Amendment gone. That way, THEY are the only ones who'll be able to go around armed.
Nobody knows 'the ends', do they? I don't know the weather tomorrow and the 'ends' are anybody guess.
People aren't in control of either ends or means when under the long duress of US citizens.
Never before, to my knowledge anything like virus controls, no social life, no seeing family, no helping the grieving. Masks that distance and hide us psychologically. Losing jobs, homes.
They can't help themselves. Their inner state has exploded.
We know weapons kill, destroy. That much we know. We know it's often the innocent who get hurt.
So, it often doesn't justify anything but it can't be avoided. Too much got bottled up.
To the greater degree, I loved many American people, so I just feel sad.
Sometimes, not often I do fantasize I could wipe it all away, do you ever do that?
I think it depends on the ends. (As an example only) If one's people are threatened with genocide? Yes, salvation by any means necessary. Is the US under a threat as dire? That depends on your perspective. I'm pretty the answer is "yes" to enough people that we're going to enjoy some horrors...
My point is that so long as the game remains, the rules must be followed no matter who wins each iteration. If the game itself is up for grabs you might have to step outside of the rules in order to save the game.