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The Danger of Dismissing Armed SJWs

I am sure that most of you have seen the images from the Anti-Trump counter protest in Phoenix back in March (images below). The typical image shows a pencil necked anarchist or a roly-poly internet Operator, all wearing brown berets and Chinese made tac vests. Some were carrying what looked to be AKs and ARs, a few miscellaneous other weapons and did so with bravado and an obvious lack of training. More recently, we were treated to a video in which these SJWs had a range day and fired off hundreds of rounds at Pepe and effigies of a KKK member – all filmed by a slick drone with a camera.

The 2A, Military and Alt-Right communities immediately roasted both of these events – the protest, calling out “obvious” airsoft guns and mocking the uniforms as being something in line with the Sturmabteilung of Nazi Germany. The video was panned as a desperate attempt to show militancy without basic marksmanship and weapon handling being the hallmark of leftists moving into territory generally uncharted as “Guns are BAD…MMMmmk?”

This rose to a crescendo of calls for open battle, cries of “Bring It!” and memes of Kilmer’s Doc Holiday with his various catch phrases. Hell, I even scoffed at the cuteness of tubby kids with soft hands that are only calloused from gripping an X-Box controller for hours on end. Likewise, the thought of some pencil necked Ze of androgynous nature being able to not only operate a weapon, being more of a danger to their “enemy” than to themselves, much less clear a malfunction or maneuver made be giggle-sort.

However, the counter insurgency professional voice in my head tisked at me and said – look again. So I did. I started looking into these groups – specifically the Phoenix area “John Brown Gun Club” and the related “Redneck Revolt” to see what they were all about; as well as juxtaposing this against what we have learned in the last 16 years of counter-insurgency, being an investigator and student of modern warfare. I came to some conclusions that might surprise you.

First and foremost – these people, in spite of their protestations and assurances that they welcome all political stripes, are that strange mix of Communist and Anarchist that seems to be on the rise throughout the more “Blue” regions of the United States. (Side note – I love how the Media decided to shift the colors back in the 2000 election cycle to take the commie RED stigma off the DNC). The disturbing trend is that they are shedding the thin veneer of “peaceful protest” and boldly embracing the inner militant terrorists that they long to actually be. Their “everyone get a trophy” upbringing combined with a wholly unrealistic image of combat portray by movies and 1st Person Shooters, has given them they idea that they can win pitched battles against police, security, and even the military – not to mention the overly macho burger munching, truck driving, ignorant rednecks that are the caricature of the all-inclusive “Racist Alt-Right.”

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Their political opinions are demonstrated less by their official public answers as to who they are and what they want on BookFace – including their conversion of some supposed III%s and stating “WE STAND FOR THE LIBERTY OF ALL PEOPLE.” Their identification with the red bandanas of early labor union militants, the soft language of Communist propaganda and the events and actions that they tend to counter protest tells the more accurate story.

However – that is not what worries me. The often quoted and dubiously credited statement that “Anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head” rings true in my ears. However, I also recognize that there are cadres of true believers – and they are indeed seeking to arm themselves and undergo training. While this seems counterintuitive, hypocritical and downright silly to those of us on the other side of things – let us consider….

Armed Snowflake 2These people do have a certain amount of available capital, whether through student loans, dad’s credit cards or the McJob that they hold while living in mom’s basement, it is – to them – disposable income. Firearms and ammo are not overly expensive – especially if you shop around. So the weapons and feed are simple enough. Likewise – while some are underage, and/or have a record already – it is not as if they will not violate federal law to make a straw purchase… as they already seem to be willing to break all kinds of laws up to and including treason, to get their way.

Further – they are unaware of what we know. I do not mean the training and proficiency with arms and tactics of which most of us have an at least rudimentary grasp. I mean the horror of war. The way that blood smells or tastes. The mental and emotional impact of losing a brother right in front of you. The stink of burned flesh, emptied bowels and rotting corpses. They see the glory of combat as portrayed on the silver screen or the monitor of their Alienware laptop – and see that it is a neat tidy thing with few, if any, repercussions.

Meanwhile, we dismiss them derisively, mock them for their silly playing at insurgent and rest on the laurels of what we *know* we can do – or what they cops in riot or SWAT gear can do…or the National Guard…or even the Based Stick Man and the Alt-Knights. That is all fine and good until the first time that little Dakota gets his head cracked by a Proud Boy – retreats to his lines and then decides that he has had enough. He pulls his illegal SBR AK out of his backpack and opens fire into the crowd. Now the game has changed.

Seem far-fetched? Look at the stats… most of the mass murders committed in the United Product Block - BSM good night LeftStates in recent years were either attributable to Islamists or Leftists. There are a few exceptions to be sure (Dillon Roof for example), but the majority are committed by the pencil neck geek that is sure that “Democratic Socialism” is the way to go. Want more proof? Look at the situation in Syria. That started as “peaceful protests” as well. Now there is a regional civil war with no end in sight. This war is largely being waged by the untrained, with shit weapons and no military discipline or knowledge of tactics.

Yet we still take casualties from our very best ranks. Why? Because even the untrained ideologues get lucky sometimes. Even the militia can win a battle against a trained and professional army. Remember the British Army of the late 18th Century was arguably the best in the world at the time…and they supplemented their ranks with equally professional mercenaries. They lost to an army with few professional soldiers in its ranks, that was equipped (at least in the beginning) with whatever weapons they could scrounge or steal.

While our bro Based Stick Man, the Proud Boys and others have done an excellent job in beating down the leftist surge on the Left Coast – the fact is that even the AntiFa assholes can learn hard lessons and are seeking training, weapons and tactics to counter the inherent organization, training and know how o the Right.

I am not saying that the moves by the Left are going to turn them into the modern equivalent of Washington’s Continental Army, or that we are doomed to a bloody civil war that would make LA look a lot like Aleppo. What I am saying is that the most recent demonstrations by the right that have gone virtually unopposed by the Left – may be the retrain and refit cycle for the CNTL-LEFT and may turn out to be quite different in the streets of Berkley the next time there is bloodshed.

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E. Michael Davis II, OMar, CPP, 1SG USA (Ret) served nearly 25 years in the United States Army as a Military Police Investigator. His work focused on Investigations, Anti/Counter-Terrorism Operations, Police Special Operations, Intelligence Operations and Force Protection with multiple Joint and Combined Commands. The impact of his work spanned the spectrum from tactical actions to strategic planning and engagement. In this capacity, he worked closely with nearly every security and law enforcement agency of the United States government, as well as dozens of police, security and intelligence agencies of friendly foreign governments. He experienced multiple combat tours in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and three tours in Iraq. He is a recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart amongst many other awards and honors. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Military History, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies and Master's Degree in Post 1945 Military History from the American Military University - all with honors. He is still active in the anti/counter-terrorism community as well as a freelance author, historian and blogger.

11 comments on “The Danger of Dismissing Armed SJWs

  1. 173d Viet Vet

    Top – – You have a sense of the actual as opposed to those who think they prognosticate coming events.

    Kudos from a Vietnam 173d Vet !! I too have become alarmed at those who think that we will only face mere Snowflakes in the coming Lexington-Concord Extravaganza..!

    Yes, the first line will be Snowflakes and other useful idiots. They will be “used” by their handlers to draw our forces out and to show our tactical weaknesses. Behind them and unknown to our troops will be the Soros Sturmableitung who are well-trained and may even have US military combat experience. Lots of money talks with a loud voice and Mercs will follow the money. Politics be damned..!!

    Blood will run in the streets. Take that to the bank….it will happen sooner than any of us wish.

    As is often the case, those who underestimate their enemy, lose the battle. We Patriots must begin to study tactics and small unit reactions and build community level trusted teams that can join with other teams when the Schumer Hits. ….and it will……You can bank on it.

    It could hit us in the face within the year.

    Patriot, be prepared to answer your grandchildren when they ask, “Grampa……. What did you do in the Great War For Freedom?”

  2. Don’t forget thst this movement is funded by the globlsists/socilsist/billionaires who would love to see this country burn to achieve thier goals. So it is conceivable that this gets ugly in the next 4 to 8 years. Thier tactics have improved greatly over the last 4 years against the police. Not by accident. Our government is doing nothing to derail these groups from doing what they do and where they operate is in their ownn bsckyard. Like Berkeley Seattle Portland and the governments there do little to stop them becsusr thet support the globalist cause. They will only grow stronger.

  3. Forbes McCreery

    Very well written. Spot on as to potential outcomes. I have been saying for some time now that due to the fascist left, conservatives need to arm themselves when demonstrating. The cancellation of Portland OR Rose Parade is an example of why. The left there flat out threatened any republican with violence should they march in that parade.

    I think it will take a second civil war to fix our Country. Not necessarily armed conflict, a political ‘war’ can deal with the issues as well. In any event, the left is now among themselves. They are trying to train. You best be doing the same if you want to be ready if the worst should happen

  4. Bill Erby

    Beware the lucky fools with weapons. Because with luck on their side, even a fool can change the outcome of a battle.

  5. David Norman

    This is very well written and in line with my beliefs. The writer is formerly a military officer, a lawyer and a historian of military tactics. I know him well and would trust him with my life.

  6. Thomas Mccormick

    CIRAS has been dusted off; tomahawk sharpened; rifles and pistols cleaned and oiled…. just waiting to 11B again… to protect Hearth and Home and Constitution, I’ll wear that mantle unto eternity.

  7. P Wiss

    With a lot of the Obama era enlistees and commissioned officers undoubtedly ETS-ing/resigning out of service, it is inevitable for some of those veterans, some of whom very well could have combat experience, sympathetic or like minded to the ideology of such movements as antifa. It is only a matter of time till they increase their level of skill through proper training and instruction of tactics. Add to this the seemingly unlikely potential of foreign trained and financed/supplied agents potentially willing to help train and arm such groups to help destabilize our current admin, and hopefully sow the seeds of war, so for instance, Russia or China could go after oil off Alaska without raising much suspicion or our govt being able to realize it and respond appropriately in a timely manner. We saw this sort of thing happen in recent years, for instance in Ukraine.

    Also, as the video of the john brown bunch shows, some likely possess NFA items (whether legally or not) and even though by most likely rotund mall ninja types, the mere fact that some amongst their ranks may possess such items, means there are at least already some members who at the very least probably have some firearms handling experience. Only takes a few half decent accurate shooters to wreak total and complete havoc. As we have seen overseas, a few snipers can literally paralyze a brigade sized element, and inflict massive casualties.

    Sadly, while one cannot ignore the potential threat they pose, we also cannot handle them as the threat they have the potential of becoming, as it would only serve as a polarizing event, and eventually lead to the same conclusion. Thus we find ourselves in a bit of a catch-22 with dealing with such scumbag groups like antifa.

  8. A carelessly jerked trigger on a barely understood firearm can kill you just as dead as a match grade bullet from a sniper.

  9. Mark Holcomb

    Never underestimate these folks. The fact they are practicing shows they are potentially very dangerous. The S.A. helped build both the SS and the Wehrmacht, too. GEt ready, people. War is on the horizon.

  10. CD Sturd

    This is what I’ve been telling the III%. They active troll Antifa pages and I wonder what kind of info they might be realeasing that gives the enemy an insight to training. In addition to not trusting anyone, how many III% or former military who’s political views align with Antifa who might be actively training them. We have to remember the learning process. We went into Iraq thinking conventional warfare and when the tactics started changing we had to take every loss and learn from it. What’s new? What are the enemy doing now that’s causing casualties. The more these people “train” and the more experience they gain turns them from incompetent to somewhat incompetent. The more playtime they get the more they learn. It’s time to stop belittling them and start looking at the potential they have. The internet has a lot of information and transparency in the military allows them to gain a hold on some learning materials and tactics. Lincoln educated himself reading books in a log cabin. Well, these guys are educating themselves in their mom’s basement. My point being that never underestimate the enemy. Never. Untrained or otherwise.

  11. Byzantine_General

    There was a time when people derided as funny little buck-toothed four-eyed midgets deployed the then-best naval fighter, the Mitsubishi Zero. Hilarity ensued. We surprised the hell out of ourselves with that one.

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