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  1. We could have, but this is our last chance to pick up those last minute supplies before the real SHTF. Both the Ds and the Rs are taking us in the same direction, so next election, if someone decent in a third party runs, we may have to make a moral statement before the tyranny really begins.
  2. Let us presume that Trump is a constitutionalist. Let's run with that. Can you explain why Trump ordered Jeff Sessions to use the Attorney General's office to legislate bump stocks out of existence? Think about this really hard. In Article I Section 9 the Constitution clearly prohibits ex post facto laws. Yet, the bump stock ban will apply to all those legally built and sold BEFORE Sessions outlaws them. If you remember in the 1990s (1994 IIRC) they outlawed so - called "assault weapons," but, if you owned one when the law was passed, oh well sin loi victor charlie. The government couldn't touch you. With Sessions, the bump stock will apply to all those in existence... turn them in, destroy them, or render them permanently inoperable. Then they can apply that precedent to high capacity magazines, pistol grips, barrel shrouds, flash suppressors, bayonet lugs (which now are used to mount flashlights on.) Soon the only gun you can own is a muzzle loader. Is that your idea of a constitutionalist? I had to vote for Trump to keep Hitlery out. I guess you and I have differing opinions on what constitutes a constitutionalist.
  3. We have resurrected our discussion board. Lots of good info from times past: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/usmilitias/index.php We are NOT on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. - and for a good reason
  4. Not exactly a war movie, but the old flick The Wild Geese remains one of my favorites along with Christopher Walken's Dogs of War. For realistic scenes, the first part of Saving Private Ryan was eerily realistic. Battle of the Bulge should make the top 10 and if you liked Lee Ermey, you saw The Siege of Firebase Gloria. It was Gunny's second best movie (Full Metal Jacket was the epitome of his career.) Some of the older movies were great in content (not great with the action scenes compared to what we have today), but well worth watching: To Hell and Back and Sergeant York are two classics you cannot afford to miss.
  5. That’s right, Illinois has a preemption clause in state law. Honestly, they were the last state I expected to have one, but there we go. Clear-cut, right? Well, Deerfield is basically arguing that they simply changed their pre-existing law. Since the previous law only dealt with the transportation and storage of guns, though, I don’t think that argument is going to fly. I urge you to go and read the whole post. There are a lot of interesting points to consider, and this isn’t from an anti-gun attorney either, so keep that in mind. It should also be noted that not everything described is a clear win for our side on this one, either. There are some arguments being made that may well be struck down based on precedent. That said, the preemption alone is probably enough to strike down the Deerfield ban. Here’s hoping. Hat tip: The Truth About Guns The post What Are The Chances Of Gun Rights Activist Winning In Case Against Deerfield, IL? appeared first on Bearing Arms. View the full article Bearing Arms, I was cursed by going out and getting a legal education. When I try to share what the law IS, not what they want it to be, you'd be surprised to find the trolls that come out of the wood-work to argue about this. IF we had legal teams, we would stand a chance. The problem is, we have the Internet and keyboard commandos that really think they understand the law and we can't win because of disinformation... Having said that, I'd like to comment on a point you brought up. When I was a teen I belonged to a group called GASP - Georgians Against Smoking Pollution. What I was after, in those days was smoke free restaurants and public places to have non-smoking areas. In Atlanta I helped the people living there to draft and get passed an ordinance against smoking in public places. Don't fall asleep on me yet. A few years later, the city of Atlanta passed an ordinance against having so-called "assault weapons." And so, for a few weeks, the gun stores were almost shut down; the gun shows were all but dead. A group called Citizens for Safe Government called upon me to head one of the legal teams. Each team had to examine one aspect or another of the lawsuit. My job was to find out, on what basis the city was claiming a right to be able to outlaw firearms. As it turned out, the city's position was that, since the people petitioned for restrictions on public smoking, the citizenry implied that the county had been given permission by its voters to institute laws to "protect public safety."In support of their position was the very law I helped write and lobby for! That was my first lesson in understanding the concept of precedents. The other legal team found the winning strategy because state laws allowed (sic) the people to have AR 15s, AKs, etc. and that law preempted the Atlanta City Ordinance. Things went back to normal and I learned a valuable lesson from one of our founders: "An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." —Thomas Paine, A Dissertation on the First Principles of Government (1795
  6. I began in the Militia of Georgia in 1987. Before that I had amassed 11 years of activism in the legal and political arenas. I cannot disagree with you more. Our people, in this country, are not uneducated dolts. OTOH, if we were there may be less division of our forces and people willing to DO something. The militiaman is a citizen - soldier. Citizenship requires more than voting for the politicians most likely to tell you what you want to hear. The citizen end of being a militiaman means that you are involved in the system and knowing exactly what is going on AND doing some to actively affect the process. This weekend set an example: I was in a long talk with some good old boys in Tennessee yesterday. They were those who liked to chant the stuff about when they pry my gun from my cold dead hands. They thought Trump hung the moon. They were the kind of "citizens" who will not act unless and until Uncle Scam comes to relieve them of their weapons. REALITY CHECK: Donald Trump is not your friend. Trump is pushing Jeff Sessions to outlaw bump stocks via Executive Fiat. Sessions act will be a direct attack on the Constitution of the United States. IF our nation were well informed, they would understand what is meant by the legal term precedent. I've been unable to explain it to most laymen, but rest assured, WHEN Sessions bans bump stocks, it will open the door for him - or a liberal Attorney General in the future to outlaw high capacity magazines, folding stocks, flash suppressors, pistol grips, etc. They can use that same precedent to go after ammunition. It is a way to take guns off the market on the installment plan. We can talk the talk all day long about what we'll do when the tanks come rolling down our street. Common sense should tell you that if you wait until then, you've waited too long and you're defeated. Guns will be outlawed a little at a time and when you cannot buy spare parts or ammo, at some point you will own an expensive boat anchor OR a firearm that you have little to no training with AND even if you did have to use it, it would be illegal to defend your life and / or that of a loved one or would be innocent victim. Unlike the Afghans or some of these other countries you could reference, there are no predominantly white countries that share our values; none that support the concept of an individual Right to keep and bear Arms. No other country acknowledges unalienable Rights (and now you see the importance of bolding that word each time I use it.) Our politicians are making sure that the world is whizzed off at us. America is the last bastion of Freedom and Liberty. And, since we are so divided in political ideology, religion (or the the lack thereof), social values, economic beliefs, and presuppositions about citizen militias and under what circumstances we would DO anything, we WON'T do anything. Adding insult to injury, there are no countries in existence that would help us in a fight to restore individual freedom being that the rest of the world is left of center / socialist / communist / dictatorial. So, we have been told about your working model. I'd like to tell you about mine: "In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends." (an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence) Today, we cannot find three people that would agree on what is wrong in America NOR what kind of government they would replace the current one with. My model and my ideology is the same, exact one employed by the founders of this country. They were committed to the concept of Liberty - they were willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to defend the concept of unalienable Rights. In the last TEN YEARS I have not witnessed any other poster on these boards stress the importance of unalienable Rights. There is no support for them. That is an indictment against having an uneducated civilian militia. The few people that do mention Rights always invoke "inalienable rights" which have been interpreted differently from unalienable Rights by the Courts. In other words, nobody gives a rip about God given Rights. What we have right now are groups of people with no commonalities. We are not united by race, religion, understanding of Freedom and Liberty, commitment to unalienable Rights, or knowledge of our history. Adding insult to injury, the majority of the people on the right are just as committed to a government God as the left is. They're both going to the same destination only by means of different routes. The people you reference DO share commonalities. They have a cause. It would be an absolute impossibility to maintain any kind of revolution without a clear understanding of our history and a commitment to the same principles our forefathers had. And, in understanding those necessities about our history and values, it would be harder for the government to employ psychological warfare against us. At the same time, if we had people from our side that could employ counter psychological warfare, we wouldn't be that easy to defeat. In short, we will have to respectfully disagree. Now, everyone knows what the difference is between which working model we're working from. I do thank you, however, for sharing your thoughts.
  7. Just a word of constructive criticism: It's guerrilla warfare. Monkeys only fight in the Planet of the Apes flicks. It's not important - except to anal retentive critics and I don't want you to ever become a victim over something that insignificant. The militia could never prevail in a conventional revolution. To even contemplate such a scenario is almost as funny as a pissant running up an elephant's leg with rape on his mind. A militia with well trained resistance fighters can do far more to defeat a conventional military by employing techniques like demoralizing troops with psychopolitics, political guerrilla warfare, and using a conventional military's strengths against the military. My opinion, and I assure that it and a few dollars will buy you a cup of coffee in most restaurants in the U.S. is a simple one: I don't think the the people of America will ever revolt against tyrannical government. We did not revolt against Obama (the most unqualified person ever to assume the office of President.) There wasn't even a whimper when George Bush called the Constitution "just a G.D. piece of paper." When Jeff Sessions allows the government to outlaw bump stocks it will be the beginning of the end of private gun ownership. If you're going to wait until they're knocking at your door, you've waited too long. Add to that you cannot get a general consensus among the people out there. If you agree with some people that a problem exists, but disagree with their proposed solution, they will call you names, fight you and expend more energy on you than any actual enemy out there. It's like herding cats. Furthermore, most people have not read the history of their own country, the meanings of its laws... most haven't read the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist papers, etc. It's the blind leading the blind. FYI: Never estimate the left. They are doing the very things I'm advocating - and they are winning behind the scenes because we do not employ those stages I referred you to before. As an example: When socialists want to play political games with me, I do the work to bring out the facts. They then jump onto Google and give you counter-arguments. They don't know squat about the topic. They wing it and use democracy to its fullest advantage. Then adding insult to injury, the will accuse you of being everything short of a son of God and even invent "proof" (if you give weight to political propaganda) to back their spurious claims. I'll end my little rant with that thread I told you about (the first 12 to fourteen posts are all you really need): https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/usmilitias/how-do-we-effect-change-t25.html
  8. In the 1980s, Lt. Col. James "Bo" Gritz (U.S. Army, retired) a former Green Beret and CIA operative initiated program called S.P.I.K.E. - Specially Prepared Individuals for Key Events. In that program he taught regular civilians the same skill sets as taught to Green Berets, Rangers. DELTA Forces and Navy SEALs. Let's face the facts. Although that program took a couple of hundred hours of seminars, reading books, but more importantly FTXs (Field Training Exercises) it did not make anyone Special Forces. OTOH, graduates of that program could be as valuable in a SHTF scenario as most any normal member of the armed forces. That's not to include the fact that vets that take that program are now light years ahead of their counterparts. IF the militia is used as a mere auxiliary of Homeland (IN) Security, I would concede the point to you. In this context, however, I cannot. This thread assumes you're talking about a revolution, not a conventional war. So, in the context of civilians operating in that scenario, I give the edge to specially trained individuals. I'm not knocking vets by any stretch of the imagination. Their combat skills and experience should put them on the front lines. Before I tell you some of the why, you should know that we have a former Executive Officer that did two tours in Afghanistan. He told me the training he got from the Appleseed shoots was more training than he received during two tours in the United States Marine Corps. Here is the biggest differences for you: Conventional soldiers simply follow orders and carry out specific missions. They are resupplied by Uncle Scam, fed by Uncle Scam, and have unlimited resources to intel, communications, AND the ability to resupply soldiers in the field.... in terms of weaponry, tools, intel, and replacement troops. Militia personnel have no such luxuries. So, they have to rely on citizens who may not have military experience, but have experience in survivalism, medical training, unconventional techniques, political guerrilla warfare, and resistance psychology. Militia and military can be two different animals. When it comes to the combat tactics, I would rely on the average grunt over most militia personnel. But I would never dismiss the idea of having S.P.I.K.E. grads on the front lines or in leadership roles. Bear in mind, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces is Donald Trump. He doesn't have any kind of military training or experience.
  9. Copy that. My first time on an FTX, a former Ranger slung his ruck on and told me to put mine on. We then ran for a mile and a half. When we stopped, I asked him what that was all about. He told me he knew how well I could shoot from a bench rest. He said I want to know how you perform when you're tired. It's effective, but not pretty.
  10. The more I hear about the 3 percenters (or however they present it) the more skeptical I become of them. One individual told me they wanted his SSN as a prerequisite for joining. Another guy told me they take LEOs and other government officials in. For purposes of a militia, the only statutory limit is an age limit. I'm not so sure that the age limits apply due to civil rights legislation banning age discrimination. A real militia would allow most people except public officials to be members. If you want to have selective membership, then you should start your organization as a community watch type of organization and work out from there. Our meetings have always been family friendly. The basic rules are no smoking, no drinking, no illegal drugs, no cursing, and no discussions of illegal activity. You cannot heckle speakers and attendees are asked to not make accusations, but rather ask questions if they think they disagree with someone. We had a public meeting back in September. All the old crew showed up and, unfortunately, the youngest people we had were in the 30 to 45 year old range. We talked about the years we'd been in existence without losing a single member to a jail cell or a prison. We told them about the basics: Bug Out Bag, Main Battle Rifle. phone trees, communications, Evacuation / Rendezvous protocols, intel, training, etc. We did not recruit a single new person. I don't know what people are really looking for. Maybe the masses think an organization exists with people armed to the teeth and ready to jump in and whip Uncle Scam's backside on a whim. I've been with the same group since 1987. Two others had the same years of experience as me. One guy came in almost 20 years ago; another 17 years experience. The newest guy had a tad over five years. I don't think people are looking for stability and the ability to stay within the limits of the law. I'm a Luddite and blame that for not understanding what people really want today.
  11. While I agree with you at some level, you are here. That says that you still think the militia is an option to help restore our country. My personal experience is having watched the oldest and most continuous militia (not to mention the largest one) take a number of hits to the point it is but a mere shell of itself. Some of what happened is my fault. You have egotists that try to run the show from outside the legitimate leadership. We saw that when a couple of people went out of state, wearing their uniforms, claiming to be the leadership of the militia and speaking at extremist rallies. Ultimately, they were dishonorably discharged. Still, the average person looking in worries about the egos and doesn't get involved. Again, FWIW, if people are visiting a militia site, they probably do so for more than idle curiosity. So let's be honest. I don't care if you are the leader of a militia, a supervisor on a job or the head honcho at the Parents - Teachers Association, there is always going to be someone that thinks they can do your job better and they will always be conspiring to do away with you because they think the job ought to be theirs. Egos are a part of the game. Several years back in a militia organization the above mentioned egotist found himself dishonorably discharged and became a snitch for the LEO community. They set him up with his own little empire and the eye candy along with extreme statements caused many a member of the real militia to jump onto this guy's bandwagon. On the real militia's discussion board, the leadership tried to reason with would be defectors about the fact that if they followed those clowns, they would end up in prison. Well, sure enough, they did. The defectors ended up in prison for a variety of charges, mostly connected to conspiracy to commit terrorist activities to child porn. At one point, the feds got a pedophile sprung and he set up several of the former officers of the real militia that hooked up with the LEO owned one. Within a very short time, most of the defectors were in prison, but not before being forewarned. The pedophile did less than 90 days for having had sex with a 14 year old! The moral here is that as any organization begins to grow, you will have more and more sick people trying to take down the leadership that built the organization. Some people devote their life to waging war against organizations - and the militia (due to very reason for their existence) are always a target. Therefore, you cannot even joke about revolution. You don't consider it - even in private. I've personally made my share of enemies for not tolerating even idle chatter about it. You would not believe how little it takes to get put into prison on such charges. The general view is that if you want peace, you prepare for war. But, you do so in a manner whereby the enemies of freedom and liberty cannot get you into court. If you want to learn how to shoot, support the Appleseed shoots. If you want to know how to fight, learn Krav Maga. Then use your militia organization for learning how to communicate, organize and bug out on a moment's notice; learn first aid and political guerrilla warfare. Do it at the local level and become a neighborhood watch. Then you can learn about Bug Out Bags, communications, evacuation and rendezvous plans, and teamwork skills. The citizen soldier is also a citizen so you should know about the law and politics. Know how to play the political game and have some people in your organization that are a part of the local political scenery, working behind the scenes and promoting your ideology without the establishment politicians knowing what you're doing. In any event, when it comes time to revolt, we will know it - IF we're truly educated about the situation. At that point, there will be no need for further talk.
  12. Talk about a topic that keeps getting restarted under different thread titles and so little follow up!
  13. Sounds to me like a lot of people should be practicing with their firearms, not letting them sit in safes.
  14. Here are the steps you take to get to revolution: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/usmilitias/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=25&p=132#p132 It is fourteen posts long so that you don't have to read the equivalent of the chapter of a book all at once. Everything you need to know is there. There are two viewpoints regarding saving the Republic. Let's look at the pessimist view: “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775 Now, an optimist view: "If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave." John Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772 "Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776 The ball is in your court.
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