Updated: Mar 3, 2020
Editor's Note: This article is not intended to be defamatory to the Oath Keepers. Lone Star Gun Rights fully supports the Oath Keepers, and their mission. We view the title as an anti-government organization from the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a badge of honor, as the SPLC is one of the most anti-liberty organizations in the country.
Campbell County held a militia muster call in Leesville Road in Lynchburg to prepare for the defense of the Second Amendment rights against infringement by the state government in Virginia. The call recorded a decent attendance of about 300 people for the first time such an event had taken place in the county. The group expects more people to join in the subsequent calls. The militia hopes to send a message to Democrats in Richmond that they are not willing to comply with unconstitutional gun laws that infringe on their 2A rights, which are guaranteed by the constitution.
Campbell is the third county in troubled Virginia to hold a militia muster call after Floyd and Bedford counties held similar events. Virginia’s law allows anyone between the ages of 16 and 55 to join such groups. The reason these muster calls is to prepare the members when called upon to defend the rights of Virginians.
Closer to home, there are reports that other “patriot-movement groups” militias are recruiting active and former law enforcement officers, active military members, and veterans. Reports from the Texas Tribune say that the Oath Keepers have access to enforcement departments after one of their senior members, John D. Shirley, landed himself a job as a constable in Hood County, Texas. The motive of recruitment is in preparation for a possible bloody civil war against the federal government due to infringement of the Second Amendment rights. The Oath Keepers slogan is “Not on our watch.”
In truth, John D. Shirley is a retired Houston Police officer, and while he is a member of the Oath Keepers, the organization is not truly a militia group. They are a non-partisan organization with the aim to help educate lawmakers and elected officials about what their oaths of office truly mean.
The Southern Poverty Law Center categorizes the group as an anti-government organization, a claim denied by Shirley, who insists that he is a public servant. Currently, there is no law prohibiting law enforcement officers from joining the organization or any classification outlawing the existence of the organization. The group had scheduled a recruitment rally at Harbor Lakes Golf Club that the venue management canceled at the last minute amid accusations of misrepresentation.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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