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 1. Recognition of Certain Principles

  • 1.1 The Constitution of the United States and its Bill of Rights together form a worthy enumeration of the just rights of
    free men.
  • 1.2 In any durable society, rights are balanced with responsibilities. Where responsibilities are ignored, in time,
    corresponding rights are generally forfeit. Put succinctly, a society that abuses or neglects its responsibilities will lose
    its rights.
    • 1.2.1 If certain rights are to be maintained, it is imperative that those rights are exercised; however, it is perhaps more
      imperative that the responsibilities corresponding to those rights are exercised even more strongly than the rights
    • 1.2.2 While it is generally futile to attempt to enforce certain rights when a society has long abandoned corresponding
      responsibilities, where those rights do still substantially exist, it is a noble thing to exalt the responsibility and to
      reinforce the right.
  • 1.3 An armed citizenry is better suited to deter crime, invasion, terrorism, and tyranny.

2 Statement of Purpose

  • 2.1 Whereas an armed citizenry can better deter crime, invasion, terrorism, and tyranny, we hereby organize the Northwest
    Florida Militia (NWFM) with the following intent:
    • 2.1.1 To encourage an armed citizenry, in support of, and in accordance with, the national and state Constitutions.
    • 2.1.2 To promote law, order, and safety for the community in the absence of some other effective policing presence,
      such absence as may occur following a severe natural disaster.
      • To work in conjunction with pre-established local authorities whenever possible to this end.
    • 2.1.3 To resist foreign invasion.
    • 2.1.4 To deter domestic oppression—such oppression characterized as a tyrannical power unduly denying the populace
      their inherent human rights recognized under the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of Florida; or
      unduly denying the populace due process of law as outlined in the Constitutions of the United States and of the
      State of Florida.
    • 2.1.5 To encourage the responsible behaviors that are the enablers of our rights.
  • 2.2 Respect for the Will of the Governed: We do not seek to act against the general will of the governed. So that if the
    governed (our community) do plainly elect in philosophy and in deed to relinquish certain rights, we will not take up
    arms to secure those rights through conflict.

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