Skip to comments.GUN GROUPS SEE STEADY BLEED INTO MILITIAS
Posted on 10/21/2002 5:54:44 PM PDT by tarawa
BILL WHITE: GUN GROUPS SEE STEADY BLEED INTO MILITIAS; DOMESTIC UNREST STILL GROWING IN UNITED STATES
When agents of Americas US Marshals surrounded the Indiana Baptist Temple, accusing the church and its parishioners of violating US tax laws by refusing to pay social security taxes on non-clergical employees, they didnt charge in with guns blazing, as they did at Waco. Concern about bad publicity was there, but there was a more serious concern just under the surface the Southern Indiana Regional Militia, a 250-man unorganized citizens militia unit, had pledged to defend the church and their threats were taken seriously.
"Steps have been taken and we are ready to respond if something does happen," Roger Stalcup, elected commander of the militia, told Indianas Hoosier Times, It's my opinion that if you've got people in that church and the U.S. marshals go in, anything can happen
His statements were taken seriously, and his unit, which marches under the slogan God Bless The Republic -- Death to the New World Order, was listed in a press release by the US Marshals as a major reason they chose to negotiate, rather than raid, the dissident religious groups headquarters. The Southern Indiana Regional Militia had been trained in small-unit tactics by former US military personnel, several of whom hold officer ranks in the citizens group, and their ability to take on the US government in a fire fight could not only have been difficult for the federal police forces it could have been disastrous.
The Southern Indiana Regional Militia is not an isolated phenomena it is one of hundreds of similar units which have been growing in size and influence across the country since the announcement by George the First of his plans for a New World Order a New World Order that many Americans believe is planning to destroy the US Constitution and enact dictatorial martial law in the name of the United Nations and the international corporate-socialism.
Origins In Americas Gun Activist Community
There are three issues that motivate Americas militia movement support of gun rights, opposition to taxation, and opposition to the United Nations and the loss of Americas sovereignty to global corporate rule a system the militias see as socialism and anti-globalists label capitalism, and which is really a blend of the worst elements of the two. Among these issues, the most important, the one that seems most immediately threatening, and which has been the prime motivation for the existence of the militia movement, has been the possibility of nation-wide confiscation of firearms by the US Federal government. In America, the people know that the foundation of their liberty is their ability to use firearms to resist government police and military personnel, and it is widely believed that an attempt to confiscate their arms will be the first step in imposing a dictatorship on US citizens. Daily this has seemed more real, and thus there has been a steady bleed of activists out of mainstream groups like the National Rifle Association, and into more confrontational activist groups, like Gun Owners of America and the Tyranny Response Team, and eventually into militias and other armed non-governmental formations.
The NRA recently reported in the last election, with voters faced with the threat of anti-gun Al Gore winning the presidency, that its membership surged from under three million to over four million. Some say that number is slowly edging closer to five. In a nation of 280 million people, nearly 1.5% of the population one person out of sixty six is a member of the countrys largest gun lobby.
It is from these membership figures, and from the ability to mobilize large numbers of activists at the local level and bring them out to work polls and fill campaign offices for pro-gun politicians, that the NRA has always derived its power. While there is no doubt of the NRAs monetary power, its opponents, often funded by billionaires like Andrew J. McKelvey, can usually match or exceed it in that arena. What the NRA has that anti-gun groups dont is the ability to bring out tens of thousands of Americans each election cycle to hand out literature, plant road signs, fold mailings, and engage in the community activism needed to fight anti-gun legislation. But it is in this arena that upstart groups have offered the most competition.
Gun Owners of America, headed by Larry Pratt, is a radically pro-gun organization that, in contrast to the NRA, has called for the elimination of all regulations on firearms purchases and ownership, including mandatory background checks, and which has taken a hard line against the United Nations. Pratt is a radical Constitutionalist and Christian who openly mixes his religious beliefs with his politics, and has been accused of sharing the stage with even more extreme leaders including members of the Aryan Nations and the Ku Klux Klan (though he has not been accused of sharing their views). In 1996, that accusation forced Pratt out as an aid to the Buchanan campaign. In 1998, according to anti-gun researcher Kenneth Stern, Pratts organization had 100,000 members. Now, similar anti-gun researchers estimate his group has grown to as many as 150,000 200,000 in size, and there is no question that the core of his strength is NRA grassroots activists who are leaving the NRA to be involved in more militant forms of activism.
Another group that has worked with Pratts, and which forms an even more confrontational front of its own, is the Tyranny Response Team, a network of pro-gun minute men, based on the minute men militias of the American Revolution, who go out to anti-gun events and to speeches by anti-gun politicians to confront and challenge the often skewed and distorted presentation of gun politics. The TRT, founded by Jewish gun store owner Bob Glass, has also gone beyond gun activism, holding regular 500-man protests against the Internal Revenue Service and the United Nations conference on small arms. While the TRT declined to give out membership information, it has branches in approximately 33 states, and most branches have 50 to 100 regular active members, meaning the group comprises at least 1500 regular activists nationwide with an unknown number of less-active supporting members.
These groups, with their anti-globalist, anti-UN rhetoric and primitive class perspective what Americans call populism have begun to draw more radical elements of the NRA, such as Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, to adopt similar rhetoric. In a recent issue of Americas First Freedom the NRAs fast-growing political magazine LaPierre denounced global corporations, the wealthy, and ruling-class billionaires as being behind the plot to take away Americas Second Amendment rights.
And while groups like Gun Owners of America and the Tyranny Response Team are not militias per se, and often engage in very mainstream pandering in some of their rhetoric the headquarters branch of the TRT in particular is ultra-Zionist, with its members sometimes appearing in public with yellow Stars of David reading gun owner in an attempt to link the current conflict between gun owners and the US government with the conflict between Jews and the German Third Reich they serve as a bridge for gun owners who dont want to engage in the compromising, pro-Republican politics of the NRA, but who also reject the more extreme step of joining armed formations that openly challenge the power of the central government groups like the Southern Indiana Regional Militia.
A Case Study In Radical Growth
Recently, in Montgomery County, Maryland, a relatively affluent suburb of Washington, DC, the local government attempted to ban gun shows large, open exhibitions where guns and traded and sold on tables set up at the local fairgrounds. The result was a series of protests that destroyed the local NRA organization, led to the radicalization of its local head, and which left a definite imprint on local politics.
Augustus Alzona, an official in the Maryland Republican Party Central Committee, and the head of the County NRAs lobbying division at the time (NRA-ILA), was incensed at the decision of local officials to ban trading in guns. When he heard that a hearing was planned, he began organizing members to show up and protest the governments decision.
But Greg Costa, the NRAs official lobbyist in the State of Maryland, was equally incensed at Alzonas decision to hold protests. Costa views the NRA as a moderate and non-confrontational organization, and decided to make his legislative priority in the state not a pending local ban on gun shows, but stopping a noise ordinance that would have threatened a business investment he had made in a local shooting range. He ordered Alzona not to hold protests, and when Alzona refused, Costa fired him from his position in the NRA:
I told him I didnt want them to protest and he wouldnt listen. I cant have people doing what I tell them not to do, Costa told a Pravda source.
The meeting collapsed in a raucous bout as pro-gun protestors threatened to shoot local Councilmembers if they passed the legislation. Local news media focused on the role of the Tyranny Response Team in the protests, though the truth was that most of the anger came from more radical elements not affiliated with the TRT group. For Alzona, it was a decisive moment. He took on a new role in the TRT Maryland group as its Volunteer Media Coordinator. Regarding the NRA, he told Pravda that Costa was a liar, and that his non-involvement in activism was a motivator for this defection:
I've never spoken to [Costa] regarding the gun show bill and any of it's ramifications - never have, so far. I did try to reach him to discuss last February's hearing a week before the hearing, but, never did.
And Alzona isnt the only Maryland activist that sees the NRA and its lobby as ineffective, unreachable, and out of touch. John Latham, a gun activist who joined the NRA in the wake of the anti-gun hysteria that followed the Columbine shootings, decided to move over to the TRT as well. He has now declared he is running for the State Legislature as an Independent in Marylands 16th legislative district, and told Pravda he left the NRA because he grew tired of the people and their perspective on what gun rights activism means:
A man reaches a certain age he decides he wants to have a club, Latham told Pravda, I dont consider that real activism thats a club, not a lobby.
The Real Activists
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a rather shady group of lawyers who make profit by suing organizations they label as hateful, has been reporting that the number of militia groups active in the United States has been declining. Unfortunately, their research is badly skewed, as they count as a militia group anyone who opens a post office box and declares themselves a one-man militia. Other figures, such as those circulated by the ADL, a Jewish organization which is opposed to the private ownership of firearms, estimates that while the number of groups may be shrinking, this is due to a consolidation of activists in a smaller number of larger organizations, and that as many as one million Americans may be sympathetic to, and peripherally involved in, militia activity.
This has been evidenced as well by the radicalization of mainstream groups that share common views with the militias, but until recently have not shared the militias extreme image and tactics. Southern groups groups that represent the values of Americas White Southern minority have been particularly radicalized in recent months with the continuation of a campaign by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a pro-black group with origins in the communist movement of the turn of the last century, to destroy public monuments to the Southern Revolution and to the Southern Nation known as Dixie -- which existed from 1861-1865 during the American Civil War. With a heritage based in revolt against the US federal government, and with an often deeply held belief in the independence of the states and the decentralization of government power, views that motivate Southern political thinking and ideology have definitely exerted their influence over militia thinkers.
One militia group based in Southern values that recently drew attention was the Militia of Georgia, an armed formation consisting of what researchers claim is 300 men who operate in at least 20 cells throughout the state, which ordered its members to mobilize in the wake of the September 11 bombings, and to be on guard against attempts by the government to use the bombings to create a New World Order. The local commander, Jimmy Wynn, in a message to his membership wrote:
When we cease to intervene in the affairs of every nation on earth, maybe some of these people will leave us alone. The WTC attack should be a WAKE UP CALL. I need each of you to become involved each of you needs to take preparedness seriously (we could go to war and it could reach our shores) The biggest thing we need is commitment: the commitment [to] prepare ourselves. THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW!!!
The Potential For Separatism
Americas Southerners arent the only regional-ethnic groups seeking independence from the cosmopolitan internationalism of the nations elite. Rural New Englanders have launched a blood and soil separatist movement of their own. Carolyn Chutes Second Maine Militia, a group that has mixed right-wing, left-wing, and green politics, as well as regional ethnic identity and national separatism, into a 500+ man armed formation based in Northern New England and Canadas eastern provinces, re-released a manifesto calling for people in New England and Canada to revolt and create a new nation the New Atlantic Confederacy independent of either government, should the impending war on terrorism cause the central government to lose the ability to maintain control in Americas more remote rural areas. Her movement is explicitly pro-gun and anti-capitalist, and deals regularly with other right-wing militia organization active in the area. As Chute put it in a 2000 interview:
Behind all those urban killings are people created by the Great Progressive Society. These people are not revolting against the Great Progressive Society. They are raw imitations of the Great Progressive Society. We are led to believe that the professional middle class are the winners, the working class are the losers. As I see it, class is about values, dependence and ways of communicating. The working class person values place, interdependence, cooperation, the tribe. Rural working class especially values land. Many of us would kill to keep our land, our home, which for thousands of years was not considered a crazy thing to do. Middle-class professionals are into "success" and they are a dependent people, happily dependent on the consumer system for everything. You call it independence. But if you lost your electricity, your service people, your access to stores, you'd see how independent you are! Working-class people have become dependent on these things, too, but working-class values resent this dependency.
And Chutes movement is growing. She recently joked that she could probably maintain 1500 men under arms in the State of Maine alone if she could keep up with the mail, and in a state of emergency, the number of women seeking protection under arms from ready formations would likely swell those ranks.
With groups like Chutes growing in every state of the Union, and the central government growing more and more willing to enact the kind of emergency measures that these groups are willing to fight against, the potential for wide-spread confrontation, and wide-spread revolt, particularly in the context of a break-down of government control caused by massive terrorist attacks, is growing.
Domestic Unrest and Anthrax
As the US has continued to see its media and government institutions attacked by anthrax-infected letters, a debate has raged over who is responsible. The Zionist-dominated US media has used the attacks as an excuse to implicate Iraq, though that effort seems to be motivated more by political gain than the actual facts. Though Iraq was found by UN weapons inspectors, during the 1990s, to have built two missile warheads with liquid anthrax payloads, the weapons were discounted by US experts as ineffective, and Iraq is not known to have the ability to create the refined powder form of anthrax being used in the recent attacks. In fact, that ability exists in only two organizations in two countries the US and Russian governments.
The US federal government also appears to believe in the domestic terror theory. Recently, the Center for Disease Control re-released a 1999 report authored by Jessica Stern of the Council of Foreign Relations, stating that most anthrax threats in the United States are linked to far-right militia organizations. Certainly, some of the recent scares, including the mailing of over 100 bogus threat letters to Planned Parenthood clinics, match the far-right militia pattern. But the possibility that the actual anthrax cases are linked to militia groups has been seized on by social democratic political lobbyists in an attempt to turn the US war on terrorism against dissident groups back at home. Australian terrorism specialist Clive Williams recently told the Times of India with utmost confidence:
I think the first instances of [the anthrax threats], the ones involving media, were more likely to have been caused by extremist militia in the US who have shown an interest in anthrax in the past and tried to acquire it. The subsequent instances were basically copy-cat episodes by mentally unbalanced people. But no US militia group is known to posses the refined, military form of anthrax being used against the US media and government, and most US militia groups are more concerned with defending themselves against anthrax than spreading it in such a way that their families and communities might be affected. That leaves a third possibility that the recent anthrax attacks have been committed by members of the US political establishment against other members of that establishment a theory boosted by the revelation that two of the most recent victims Tom Brokaw and Tom Daschle are apparently good friends whos families know each other and often vacation together in the Dakotas.
In short, it appears more likely at this point that the recent string of anthrax threats in the US is the result of a deterioration of the internal political situation, than of an outside threat to the integrity of the nation. The question of whether it is related to the growing armed dissent against the central government is open however, as it may simply be a manifestation of political factions using instability as an excuse for assassination.
Conclusion: Americas Militia Movement Is Not To Be Discounted
It is clear that the rural people of American the mostly white population descended from the original European settlers of the nation have become alienated from the cosmopolitan blend of urban white liberals and their train of ethnically defined special interests that have gained control of Americas cities. One only has to look at a map of who voted for George Bush and who voted for Al Gore to see that a clear divide has occurred between the values of the countrys elite and their lackeys, and the real working people of the nation.
Americas white working class, so long reviled by the intellectuals and the clique that control the government, has been organizing itself into regional-ethnically based citizen militias that are prepared to fight to restore the values of their ancestors revolution two hundred and twenty five years ago. For the first time in a century, more of Americas white population lives in rural areas than in its cities, and that demographic change is only one indicator of the larger, more widely spread divide.
Should the American nation fracture, whether due to a massive terrorist attack, the repressive domestic policies of its government, or a combination of both, it is clear that there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Americans who are already organized in paramilitary armed formation for the goal of seizing power and restoring the Constitutional Republic that they feel progressive liberalism has lost them.
Osama bin Laden has said that he feels that terrorist attacks can create enough instability in America that forces that already want to change the course of the government will see it weakened enough that an opportunity to act will emerge. With the growing divorce between an imperial government of usurpation and the nations original Constitutional principles, bin Laden may not be far off.
He spoke, interestingly, at KENNESAW COLLEGE (and we all know what Kennesaw is famous for!).
His talk dealt with the clear intent of the leadership of the old Soviet Union to somehow take America. He mentioned their ICBMs and the nuclear blackmail threat THEY posed.
Then he broke from his prepared remarks and offered this:
"The leaders of my country are as AFRAID OF YOUR 200 MILLION PRIVATE FIREARMS as they are of your ICBMs. NEVER GIVE UP YOUR GUNS."
Frankly -- and, while he had to be careful as he was under FBI protection at the time, Shevchenko alluded to this in his remarks -- I'm as concerned about some domestic tyrant (say, Hillary or Chuck Schumer) as I am about some foreign enemy.
I don't plan on buying any property or starting a business anywhere, though: I'm reducing my holdings to a 30' bluewater sailboat. I've always wanted to be an ocean-hippie!
I have an acquaintance who's been out there for 22 years and twice around the world. Just married a gal from China, and doesn't appear to feel like he's missing anything. I'm tired of cleaning gutters (thanks Fred Reed), political angst, and all the life-sucking duties of middle=class existence. I gotta live before I die.
Send you a postcard.
Amen! (Escape Artist rocks...lots of good info there...take some time to dig around!)
How can someone who is "pro-gun" be "anti-capitalist"? That's crazy. Carolyn Chute distrusts the government but would prefer government ownership of firearm manufacurers. In other words, her militia would depend upon government-owned companies to supply the firearms they want to secure theit second amendment rights against the government.
You won't find that analysis in the New York Times.
(a) Don't interfere with a state's right to form an armed militia for its security.
(b) Don't interfere with the people's right to keep and bear arms, regardless if they are in the militia or not.
I'm not sure what the situation is in Texas, or whether or not I would join a militia that meets and trains regularly. Actually, I'm too old anyway, but that wouldn't stop me if I had to defend my state or my country. I live in New Mexico, but am not sure if we have a state militia. I'm sure we would have one overnight if we ever needed one.
I guess it's up to the individual here to keep the invaders off their property and out of their neighborhoods. Many of us have our property posted.
I am going to check that out. Thank you.
Thanks for the link. I am going to check it out. For myself, I probably wouldn't make the move, considering my age, but I would like to give my children and grandchildren a place to go.
Thanks, for the information and I am definitely "inclined to the primitive."
GRAMSCI WAS RIGHT.
I think the word "tribalism" deserves a lot more play around here. Congrats for recognizing it in today's context...the left and right are cementing the bonds of our two major tribes, and it IS a war for survival. Unfortunately, Tribe Leftist is in the process of allying itself with outside tribes which threaten America.
RE Gramsci...Yes, he WAS right, but I don't think he created and set into motion a vision of the downfall of a civilization, as much as he SAW and COMPREHENDED, before anyone else did, those forces which inevitably destroy all cultures.
Guess you missed this part :
His statements were taken seriously, and his unit, which marches under the slogan God Bless The Republic -- Death to the New World Order, was listed in a press release by the US Marshals as a major reason they chose to negotiate, rather than raid, the dissident religious groups headquarters.