If you like reasoned political commentary with a spice of entertaining add on, you’ll like this guy. If you’re at work and they are language sensitive, use those earbuds. RazorFist – The Rageaholic, brings forth several of the valid modern arguments for supporting the ability of the population to form a militia. Additionally he highlights a lot of the weak bait-and-switch language utilized for optics over substance arguments by gun grabbers like O’Rourke.
Now… those who know me know that I am ‘unimpressed’ with most self proclaimed modern militias. They range from well meaning and woefully underprepared to dangerously misguided and probably going to hurt themselves. Comprised of a myriad of lowest possible budget folks, never wanting to invest in quality training (but they will certainly talk about it), and usually isolating themselves from community emergency communication channels rather than working to improve them. In my experience, the same guy who “can’t afford a ‘good’ rifle or buy into a ‘good’ class” is the one who buys endless accessories and gadgets because they saw an advertisement about it (RIP ammo) and it will be the thing to stop all the tyranny.
I had a discussion among some state concealed carry instructors. I made tongue in cheek comment about making a quasi-militia member “cry” from giving my opinion on the state of self styled “militias”, I was asked my opinion, I gave it.
They are, nearly universally visibly, doing things poorly. Instead of a citizen grass roots group prepared to bolster their community in a time of crisis the image is a bunch of mismatched old camo wearing military LARPers… I’ve seen real LARP, it’s pretty freaking cool, and they aren’t it. I’d rather hang out with the crowd of way-to-serious airsofters…
None of this was to disparage the spirit of self-sufficiency or to say, “No, militias are bad.” They aren’t bad. They’re necessary. The capability is necessary. Just because X local group is made of goofballs does nothing to invalidate the militia concept anymore than the local PD or FD hiring someone who can’t do the job invalidates the department.
Militia’s matter. I just wish the public facing ones were less, well.. you know.
The Militia. The REAL Militia will be made of a volunteer corps of professional and semi-professional workers who all have day jobs now. If the need arises we see it, we see it in the waves of volunteers who go and help after disastrous events, that is the militia. People rising up, getting together, and taking care of business. We still have it, and we need these folks to have skill and access to arms. We don’t know when the next event will throw somewhere into lawlessness and chaos.
The “VIPER Militia” case highlighted in the video is a solid case law example of optics vs. reality.