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Peril from ‘patriots’

GunsLA Times Editorial

The U.S. needs to keep a close watch on the growing threat of home-grown extremist groups.

There are, in increasingly frightening numbers, cells of angry men in the United States preparing for combat with the U.S. government. They are usually heavily armed, blinded by an intractable hatred, often motivated by religious zeal.  

They’re not jihadists. They are white, right-wing Americans, nearly all with an obsessive attachment to guns, who may represent a greater danger to the lives of American civilians than international terrorists.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been tracking hate groups for 30 years, released its latest report on the growth of these organizations this week. Its findings were, to say the least, alarming. The center divides its subjects into militias, which are mostly groups of weekend warriors who train for combat against imaginary foes; hate groups, which target minorities; and “patriot” groups, whose beef is with the U.S. government. Patriot groups first began surfacing after the massacre of a bizarre sect by federal agents in Waco, Texas, in the early 1990s. They showed their teeth in 1995, when a patriot adherent blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Since then, the patriot movement has been growing at a blistering pace, especially following the election of PresidentObama in 2008, according to the report. From just 149 groups in 2008, the number jumped to 512 in 2009 and has been rising sharply since. In 2012, it hit 1,360. Now that Obama is seriously pushing for tougher gun laws, further growth is a near certainty. The result? There’s no knowing, but some kind of serious attack is increasingly possible.

Patriot groups are motivated by a host of anti-government attitudes, but their primary focus is guns. They are convinced that the government is out to seize their weapons, even though most legislation is focused on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals or restricting the types of weapons that can be sold. Many are also united by belief in an outlandish one-world government conspiracy theory positing that the United Nations is poised to strip away American property rights and impose socialism on us all.

What can be done to reverse this tide of belligerent ignorance? Not much. The typical patriot acts within his free-speech and 2nd Amendment rights, and in fact most patriot activity consists of venting steam by meeting with like-minded Neanderthals and firing off blog posts threatening civil war. Yet such blather tends to get under the skin of the Timothy McVeighs of the world. These groups should be closely monitored, with resources adequate to the task, even if it means shifting some homeland security money from the hunt for foreign terrorists.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-patriot-groups-splc-report-20130308,0,2444361.story

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17 Responses to Peril from ‘patriots’

  1. Mark Schumacher - NV says:

    Looks like we have our work cut out for us, nothing could be further from the truth. You have just as many mad angry young men blowing innocent peoples brains out in Iraq who have been trained by our own government. The militia movement has come a long damn way and to be represented like this goes to show that we must work damn hard at putting this tripe to rest and quick.

    I was wondering when we would start to see this shit.

    And BTW who was the coward who wrote this garbage? There is a name under the picture but don’t think this is the same communist insurgent who wrote the article.

  2. rhumstruck says:

    Watch for the false flag “Militia” attack coming to a neighborhood near you.
    I can picture the “Patriot Rebel” they capture, white, speaks good english (pay no attention to the rolling r’s and the harsh k’s in his speech), just your all american insurgent Mossad poseur extraordinaire.

    • NC says:

      Hahaha! I know it. Here we go with the false flag bullshit. I can feel it in my bones. Maybe they will have some Mossad group claiming to be militia try to attack and take over the White House or Congress in order to use as an excuse to arrest any or all militia members in the country and create martial law. I remember an article of someone within the government saying that this is how it will happen. It was posted at the end of last month on FTT, although I can’t remember the article name.

      Anyways, DON’T let them get away with this! DON’T let them instill fear in you! If this happens and they come to your house, FIGHT BACK!! NEVER give up your firearms!! NEVER surrender and GIVE ‘EM HELL!!!

  3. NC says:

    WOW! Talk about twisting the facts. This is pure LIES LIES LIES!!! Talk about Information war. This article says it all. A pure war on words. L.A. TIMES ought to sent packing if they hate patriots and our country so much. They believe the government is in charge and not WE THE PEOPLE and try to laugh off the idea of a NWO and think anyone who believes in it is a crazy conspiracy theorist? Umm…duh it’s not a theory if you have facts and legal documents EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THESE DAYS!!! Every single piece of legislation has either NWO or UN takeover statements in them. You’d have to be brain dead not to see it. UN SMALL ARMS TREATY? NDAA?? PATRIOT ACT??? Executive orders giving everything to the UN control? TPP??? Giving Illegals amnesty and just releasing them from prison and letting them go free because we can’t afford to house them? I mean what the hell would you call it? Freedom and protection of the U.S. sovereignty?

    BAHAHAHAHAA!!!! Wow. I can’t believe someone was actually paid to print such an incredible amount of loaded crap and lies that anyone has ever read. Man, they really think we were born yesterday. And they wonder why no one listens to the MSM anymore. Either they are really desperate or they are massively trying to provoke and start something, bigtime.

  4. NC says:

    “They are white, right-wing Americans”

    Gee….can they put it anymore plainly and bluntly? Because I’m sure black Americans muslims Americans, and Mexican Americans wouldn’t do something like this either. Unflippinbelievable!

    I guess our foreign government always has to have an enemy to keep their police state going and to get confiscate our guns.

  5. John W. says:

    Couldn’t be father from the truth. But the media has a way of bending the truth. If someone doesn’t stand up for our rights under the constitution, who will?. The gov’t?.

  6. D. Gilmore says:

    I know some here do not like alex jones, but alex said 10 years ago this was coming…and Rhumstruck is correct, there is a good possibility of a false flag and blaming it on patriots..We need to get the word out. Every patriot website I read, including this one, is about self-defense, not starting a war. Those in D.C. are the aggressors. Nobody here wants war, we just want a government for the people. Is that too much to ask?

    • Lowtolerance says:

      Well said. I like to think I’m an intelligent person, and what I see on all the alternative sites is exactly what you say. Nobody is interested in starting any conflict. We are however, very aware of all the signs clearly showing that someone else is. Problem is, those little signs are now neon billboards and they seem to be getting nervous.

  7. REDHORSE says:

    Neanderthals?Now my feelings are realy hurt.blinded by an intractable hatred,belligerent ignorance,their primary focus is guns,damn i didn’t know i was so well liked.The only problem is that the left really believes this tripe.Well if i’m going to have to be a neanderthal i guess i might as well have the guns to.I’m so glad i left california the home of the morons.This comment is not for the good people such as #1 and those that come here that are stuck in CA.

  8. D. Gilmore says:

    sorry to be redundant…but RED ALERT….they WILL stage a false flag as rhumstruck mentioned… keep aware, share this info everywhere you can. thanks, and sorry about the redundancy but this is important…thanks.

  9. NC says:

    “hate groups, which target minorities;”

    BAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!!! Where the hell do they come with this stuff? Clear Socialist crap again. Trying to pit two classes against each other. This has Obama Administration written all over it.

  10. NC says:

    “These groups should be closely monitored, with resources adequate to the task, even if it means shifting some homeland security money from the hunt for foreign terrorists.”

    Uh-oh. Here we go. Hunt down, censor and arrest all patriots, thanks to DHS and CIA/Mossad propaganda.

    Sounds like the speech that the Emperor gave to Darth Vader in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”:

    “The Emperor: [to Darth Vader] Every single Jedi, including your friend Obi-Wan, is now an enemy of the Republic. Do what must be done. Do not hesitate. Show no mercy. ”

    Jedi in this case being military veterans and patriot militias.

  11. Lowtolerance says:

    Right! And corporatism does not exist, the financial criminals who whored out our industrial base and crashed our economy always face justice, and unicorns are now off the protected species list.

  12. RT Hawk says:

    Hehe! They have know idea how diverse we are here.
    WE ARE ONE HERE!
    They can not and WILL Not Divide US, We do not play that.
    Freak more gov.!, rightly so hehe!
    We don’t/won’t fire the first shot, as someone said above. We Only want to protect ourselves. Any False Flag they pull, is NOT from “Some White Cell”
    as “They say”…….All we want is fairness and truth and our “Rights to the Constitution and Bill of Rights”. I could go on more, but I think I rant too much already, sorry in advance and for past posts…….Blessed be….

  13. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! RLMAO!!!!!

    WHAT A LOAD OF B.S.!!! I’m not surprised the author didn’t post his name on this unmitigated tripe posing as ‘journalism’.

    I’m also not surprised this comes from the LeftAngeles Times.

    btw, check out the first comment on the Times webpage by Mostly Mortis. Outstanding!!!

    • rhumstruck says:

      Better yet, check out the poll on the top of the article,

      Should we worry about “patriot” groups?
      96% responded NO!
      It looks like Left Angles times has egg on its face!

  14. rhumstruck says:

    CAN YOU IMAGINE ….. just close your eyes ..
    .. and imagine, with all the wrong and
    unConstitutional things Obama has done so far …..
    .. can you imagine what he’d do
    IF WE WEREN’T ARMED AND PROTECTED BY
    OUR FOUNDING FATHER’S SECOND AMENDMENT?

    “Imagine there’s no bullets
    it’s easy if you try
    government running wild now
    and freedom’s gonna die

    Imagine all the people
    living life in fear yooo hooooo

    They all say he’s the good guy
    and that he’s the only one
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    cuz Obama wants your gun” *

    *stolen from a comment at the LATimes.

    I myself tend to re-write song lyrics when the inspiration hits. I found this to be great and think I may just start singing this song again, with the new lyrics!

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