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.”
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….
These 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 States 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.