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Oath Keepers ‘Patriot’ Group Plans 50 Anti-Gun Control Rallies Tomorrow

By Ryan Lenz on February 7, 2013 - 3:50 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, New World Order, Patriot

In the wake of White House moves to implement some gun control by using executive orders, the antigovernment “Patriot” right has exploded with fury, claiming that virtually any regulation amounts to an infringement of the Constitution or even a prelude to a national “gun grab” by federal forces hoping to disarm citizens once and for all.

These and similar claims have come from nearly every corner of the radical right. But one of the most noteworthy recent responses comes from the Oath Keepers, a group of conspiracy-minded current and former members of law enforcement and the military who believe a tyrannical and gun-hating “New World Order” is planned by global elites. Vowing to fight any legislation to ban “assault weapons,” the Oath Keepers have announced rallies at state houses across the nation on Friday with the aim of sending a message to lawmakers that the “they will be held accountable if they choose to dishonor” their oath to the Constitution.

At issue are plans on both federal and state levels for increased gun regulations following the Dec. 14 slaying of 26 people in a Connecticut elementary school –– regulations that Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes says are being pushed by “disarmament freaks.”

In a December manifesto entitled “My Personal Pledge of Resistance Against Any Attempt to Disarm Us by Means of an ‘Assault Weapons Ban,’” Rhodes denounced federal efforts to rob him of “every terrible implement of the soldier” and vowed not to disarm, “regardless of what law is passed by the oath breakers in Congress, or signed into law by the oath breaker in the White House.”

“It is the height of Orwellian perversion of language and logic to say that disarming you of the most effective arms for combat that you still have is somehow not really disarming you, because you still have hunting rifles and shotguns,” Rhodes wrote, referring to calls to restrict or ban “assault rifles.” “And you can bet that if you let them take your military semi-autos, next on their list will be your bolt action rifles, which they will call ‘sniper rifles’ (and by God, that is certainly what they are good for!).”

It is unclear what the turnout to the rallies will be, but in the past hundreds of Oath Keepers have answered calls to muster in such places at Quartzsite, Ariz., where Rhodes insisted the New World Order had begun its power grab just last year. And just as it did then –– despite its charged rhetoric –– the Oath Keepers are again calling for “peaceful demonstrations.”

All the same, a different statement seems to be coming from the rank-and-file.

As someone calling himself James C. Ferris wrote on the Oath Keepers’ website on Wednesday, “I believe it is time we did like they did in 1776,” he said. “There is no use in havind [sic] our guns if we won’t use them.”

  • Scooby

    I love how “Kiwi” compares American Constitutionalists to “Mad Max” characters. As the former brother-in-law to a NZ-born deserter, it’s interesting to read how one, like himself, can have so much contempt for both the US and his other cousin, Australia. Good luck in South Africa, mate.

  • Anonymous Coward

    Is there any evidence of the Oath Keepers being hateful?


    They prefer to ignore the freedom and justice for individuals unless they have some type of collective base. The freedom to own weapon to me is the same as the freedom smoke weed its a natural right giving by whatever we came from at originallity its the same as the freedom as the government uses for themselves. if you want to be scared your neighbors shut up and look at the weapons our own government is buying. American Citizens need to have whatever freedoms we can get and cant afford to let majorities keep down minorities. No matter who it is and when i say minorities i mean the real minority the individual not racial or religous or cultural i mean the independent individual. Someone please look up SOFEX It is the special operations forces exhibition in Jordan. Please learn freedom people its not chaos its nature you cant stop it and its been here since the beginning of time and its not going to stop. oppression can only last for so long.

  • Reynardine

    Your name is Bobby Joe… Poe? Either that, or you can’t read.

  • Bobby Joe

    My my, you people from the SPLC sure do have a lot of time on your hands to blather on about how the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights is no good. Anyone who comes here and attempts to defend the Law Of The Land is disparaged for months, much like a pack of hyenas stalking and attacking their prey. Let me tell you something. The Second Ammendment has served this country very well for over 200 years, and people who don’t agree with it are labeled “domestic enemies” in its very structure, that is if they pretend to be citizens living under its protection. If you don’t like our gun laws, you are free to move to another part of the world more suitable to your liking. You don’t have to stay here trying to screw things up for us red blooded nephews and nieces of Uncle Sam. Take a hike and don’t let the door hit you in the rump on the way out.

  • Reynardine

    Brock, you have me pretty well convinced you are someone who is going places. My only degree of uncertainty is whether you are going someplace with soft walls or someplace with hard ones. And I do believe you are jealous of Aron.

  • Brock Henderson

    Uh, Aron, more stalker-ish to Erika than to, say, yourself? I think I’ve directed more than a few comments at EVERYONE on this blog all this time.

  • Aron

    Folks, I’m beginning to think Brock isn’t worth our time.

    He obviously thinks he knows everything, and nothing is going to change that. And he is now becoming dangerously stalker-ish to Erika.

    From now on, let us simply ignore him. Like the Internet bully he is, perhaps he will simply go away.

  • Brock Henderson

    Gregory, should I be a Yankees fan and not a Phillies fan since, you know, history has gone in one direction and not in the other? Oh, and you have been in the habit of behaving like a total jerk towards others, mocking people you disagree with, much longer than I, here on this blog. If you think your older age than mine gives you license to do that as opposed to somebody in his late 20s, then your level of maturity and wisdom is much lower than mine. It’s about teenage-level, in fact. Respect for elders? I’ll save it for my elders who exhibit behavior worthy of it, like my grandfathers. Being counter-exemplars to the likes of you in the way they address their peers, whether leftist or rightist, they can vouch for my reputation as a youngster who has respect for the wisdom of my elders. Because THEY have earned it. I save my persona you have encountered here on this blog, Gregory, for people like YOU. Take it as flattery if you want. I’d prefer that you take it as encouragement to piss off.

    Reynardine . . . uh, threats? Didn’t realize I was in the habit of making threats. Especially those I can’t follow through with. I haven’t even threatened to start a secession movement, I’m pretty sure. Your knee-jerk leftist mind may register my beliefs I’ve thus far communicated on this blog in that way, but all I’ve said is that I’m in favor of it. By knee-jerk mental reactions I mean “He does not sufficiently flatter or validate the existence of the American government in its current state, therefore he hates black people and wants to enslave them.” Sound about right?

    Erika, I save my hostility for people like you, and my arrogance is in response to YOURS.