SOME THOUGHTS ON THE COMING…ERR…CURRENT STRUGGLES (OR, QUIT WORRYING ABOUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT!)
As I surf around different internet forums I keep seeing, as I have for over 20 years, too many folks voicing their concerns about the protection of the Second Amendment. Often, these statements include something along the lines of “If the Second Amendment goes, all the others will follow!”
Newsflash! The others are already disappearing, or gone, as is the Second…
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The USA PATRIOT ACT pretty well John Mosby
John Mosby is the pseudonym of a former U.S. Army Special Operations soldier who spent ten years on active duty, including multiple overseas deployments, including in support of the Global War on Terror in Afghanistan. He currently resides somewhere in the stone-clad recesses of the Northern Rocky Mountains, in a remote “guerrilla base camp” referred to as SFOB-Rifleman’s Ridge (SFOB=Special Forces Operational Base).
I started this blog at the behest of my wife, referred to within the blog as Household-Six, or HH6 (in military radio procedure, an element leader is referred to by the numeric designator “6.” Thus, the company commander of Charlie Company would be referred to on the radio as “Charlie-Six.” HH6 is the Household Commander.)
As I served around the different internet forums, I kept seeing, as I have for over 20 years, discussions of different theoretical applications of “militias” and “survivalist guerrilla” training. Unfortunately, based on my personal professional experiences in the SOF (Special Operations Forces) community, the tactics, techniques, and procedures people were espousing were not only lacking in any sort of professional background, but were destined to get people killed if they tried to utilize these techniques on an actual battlefield, whether unconventional warfare or conventional.
After hearing me vent my frustrations repeatedly, HH6 kept insisting that I needed to just start my own blog to express my concerns. This forerunner of this blog, originally entitled “Nous Defions!” (French for “We Defy!” a term borrowed by the Special Forces community, based on the lineage of the OSS during WW2), was the result. This blog, “MountainGuerrilla,” was my attempt to switch from the blogspot software to wordpress.
This blog is intended to provide realistic, proven doctrine and applications of unconventional warfare, based on the lessons learned and taught by the U.S. Army Special Forces. It is based on doctrine, adjusted as necessary (rarely), on my personal experiences.
In addition, at the original request of readers, this blog has become the conduit for training courses offered in various aspects of tactical self-defense preparedness, from an unconventional warfare perspective, predicated on small units of irregular war-fighters.
I have, for writing this blog, and offering these courses, been labeled a “domestic extremist terrorist.”
My response to this:
“I’m an unpatriotic domestic terrorist? Let’s see…damned near a decade in the service of this country, in uniform, following the orders of my chain-of-command, in multiple places where people were trying to kill me. Service to this country as a private military contractor, supporting the Global War on Terror (GWOT)…I currently serve on my local volunteer fire department, providing safety and security to my community (and, in case you’re not aware of it, all volunteer fire department training in this country is now under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security and/or FEMA). So, if someone wants to ball up and try to accuse me of a lack of patriotism, unless their credentials are somehow better than mine, they are quite welcome to piss off and die.
I’m a domestic terrorist? Only if you buy into the bullshit Federal Government concept that having moe than seven days worth of food in your home, being a returned combat veteran, believing in constitutional limits on government power, and supporting non-mainstream political candidates like Dr. Ron Paul. In that case, yes, I suppose you could define me as a domestic terrorist.
That’s okay though, I’m in good company. For your intellectual edification, here are the names of some of that distinguished company: Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, “Light Horse Harry” Lee (Robert E. Lee’s father, and a hero of the Revolution), Thomas Paine, etc…Remember, everyone of those men decided that government infringements, many far less egregious than those we currently face, were grounds for armed insurrection. Hell, I’m not advocating shooting anyone, yet. Hopefully, we can still use peaceful, civic means to restore the system back to what it was supposed to be. How is aspiring to be like the Founding Fathers un-American and un-patriotic? In my book, it’s not. If such aspirations make you think I am an un-patriotic traitor, you’re an idiot, and quite welcome to piss off!
I’ve been told that guerrilla warfare is un-American. If you grew up believing that only a stand-up, face-to-face fight was “fair,” that’s probably your delusion. But let’s see….Have you ever heard of Francis “The Swamp Fox” Marion? How about Ethan Allen? How about Merrill’s Marauders or the OSS Jedburgh teams of World War Two? How about the MACV-SOG Recon Teams, Mike Force companies, and LRRP units in Vietnam? Gee, how about my own alma mater, Army Special Forces, which was specifically founded to give the United States Army the institutional expertise to engage in guerrilla warfare?
I have performed no illegal acts. I have not even condoned an illegal act publicly. I’ve not revealed any classified information or tactics, techniques, and procedures. Everything I’ve written in this blog is available from open-sourced information. The difference is, since I have REAL-WORLD experience and professional education in this particular venue, I can share how to put that readily available information to effective use.
I signed multiple non-disclosure agreements when I received my security clearances. While I may disagree with much of what our information our government sometimes deems worthy of classification, I hold my integrity dear. I’m not going to violate those agreements, because I gave my word.
I’m not hiding, folks. I use a pseudonym, borrowing the name of a legendary American guerrilla leader, whose exploits are so renowned in military special operations circles, that his unit, despite being a Confederate Army unit is STILL considered part of the historical lineage of both the Ranger Regiment and Special Forces. There is nothing nefarious about that. It’s a common practice in literary circles. It’s a historical practice in SF unconventional warfare. It’s a small, token gesture to help protect the security of my family.
I have, in the course of writing this blog, focused on security applications of small-unit, unconventional warfare. This is in no way, shape, or form, intended to discredit the importance of more “mundane” preparedness activities. In fact, this is arguably one of the least important elements of preparedness. kicked this old relic to the curb. If you had any doubts, look at the video footage of police response to the Occupy Wall Street protests, specifically in Oakland, California, and on the UC-Davis campus. I don’t care what your views are on the OWS movement. Even if you think, as I do, that they are mostly a bunch of spoiled, rotten, rich-kid, bourgeoisies socialists/communists/Marxists, as long as they are PEACEFULLY assembled, to petition the government about their grievances, they have the natural, human right to bitch and whine.
The typical argument I get from police officer friends that they were “breaking the law because they were on public property,” is a load of complete horseshit. What if the folks in Boston on 16DEC1773 had decided, “Well, standing on this street corner is against the law, so we’re going to just disperse like the soldiers/cops are telling us to?” To this day, particularly in regard to the O.C. attack on the protestors seated on the campus sidewalk by uniformed LEOs, I believe those students would have been completely justified, morally, in standing up and kicking the ever-loving-dogshit out of the officers doing the spraying. “The officers were in fear of their safety!” Bullshit! I’ve been in fear of my safety. I’ve seen others in fear of their safety. Those Stasi-wannabe stormtroopers were not at all in fear of their safety. They reveled in the chance to assault those “dirty, smelly, hippies,” with no threat of repercussions.
The pending legislation in the form of SOPA and PIPA are affronts on this amendment as well. The recent case of a judge legislating from the bench that only the “authorized” press is protected is further proof that the government no longer feels obligated to provide the protections provided by the first amendment.
No need to wait for the Second Amendment to disappear to watch the First Amendment go. It’s already gone.
“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Yeah, we’re going to come back to this one. Consider this however, as you read the rest of this article….I consider the Second Amendment to be the LEAST important of the ten amendments in the BoR.
“No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
Okay, so there’s ONE that they haven’t shit on yet. I’m sure it’s coming though. Besides, with all the electronic eavesdropping authorized by the USA PATRIOT ACT, who gives a shit about this one? They already know what we’re thinking.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Warrantless searches under the “Terry Frisk” doctrine; delayed notice search warrants under USA PATRIOT ACT; the NDAA 2012, and now the “Enemy Expatriation Act;” if you have any doubts about the demise of the fourth amendment, you’re a fucking retard, and need to quit reading my blog now. Still worried about the Second Amendment? Who cares if your right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed if body-armor equipped thugs can kick in your door in the middle of the night and take the guns without even having proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” that you are going to use those guns to commit mala en se crimes? It’s pretty pointless, isn’t it? But hey, for all you NRA/Neo-Con RKBA sheep out there….remember, as long as you’ve got your second amendment rights, the Republic lives on! Dumbasses.
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”
Between the NDAA and the forthcoming “Enemy Expatriation Act,” this one is dead in the water as well. I’ve read the Constitution several times, as I worked on earning an undergrad and a post-graduate degree in American History. Treason is a capital offense, constitutionally. So, despite Mitt Romney’s protestations during the 16JAN2012 GOP primary debate in South Carolina, the NDAA provisions are blatantly unconstitutional. The mere passage and acceptance of this bill, with the relevant provisions included is a declaration of war on the Constitution.
When I was a young soldier and bitched about infringements on the Constitution and the need for the citizenry to be armed, my grandmother, God love her, agreed with me, but vehemently defended the belief that we must abide by the rule of law to effect changes. The rule of law no longer exists in this nation, since the very federal government that was formed by the compact between the several states is violating that contract. The forthcoming “Enemy Expatriation Act” further accelerates the war on the people of the Republic.
But hey, we’ve still got our second amendment rights!
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”
You’ve got a right to a speedy trial, and to be confronted with the witnesses against you…unless some government bureaucrat or jack-booted thug in a mask decides that you are an “enemy” “terrorist.” In that case? You get grabbed out of your sleep, in your own bed, have your arms cranked behind your back and flex-cuffs slapped on, a bag thrown over your head, and shipped off to some middle eastern shit-hole to be tortured by our “allies” (for the record, I do not consider waterboarding torture.), for as long as it takes to coerce a confession out of you, even if it’s a false confession of things you never even considered.
That’s okay though, because you still have your second amendment rights…right? None of that other shit matters.
“In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”
You remember that whole trial by jury idea? It’s so 18th century! Instead, today, under the NDAA and “Enemy Expatriation Act,” if you do ever get a trial, it’s going to be by a military tribunal, with no witnesses for the defense. Oh, and you remember the whole right to counsel thing too, right? You don’t need counsel, you’re already guilty. I mean, after all, the intelligence agencies and military are never wrong, and they would not have suspected you of enemy activity if they didn’t have ample proof, right? Kind of like they KNEW there were drugs in the Stewart house in Ogden, Utah. They NEVER make mistakes and kick in the wrong door while serving a drug raid warrant! Nope, the government has NEVER made a mistake. After all, it’s the government. They know everything, about everyone. That was the point of the USA PATRIOT ACT. Well, wasn’t it?
But, as long as you’ve got your second amendment rights, life will continue to be a Bob Marley song…”every little t’ing…gonna be alright now….”
“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Waterboarding is not torture. I would admit however, that under the previously accepted standards of American jurisprudence, it certainly falls under the category of cruel and unusual punishments…but that’s okay, because if you’ve been accused of being a terrorist, you don’t count anyway.
Strapping a guy to a chair, then pepper-spraying him and repeatedly hitting him with a Taser would, at one time, have been considered cruel and unusual punishment in the United States of America. Not anymore.
But, well, you’ve still got your second amendment rights…right?
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
Hey, that’s cool! The federals are still adhering to this one. I mean after all, you’ve got the right to have all of your health care needs paid for by other taxpayers; you’ve got the right to have an abortion because you’re ignorant hooker ass went and put out to some dumbass at a frat-house party and didn’t make him put a condom on; you’ve got the right to have a 72-inch television and satellite coverage, and a laptop with wi-fi internet, even though you’ve never held a job in your life and collect welfare and food-stamps to feed your eight illegitimate children. Yep, they are definitely living up to this one, so that’s cool. Hell, who needs the second amendment?
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Who cares about states’ rights? The South fucking lost, man! Get over it, already. I mean, states’ rights are so 19th century! Everyone knows that the only people who care about states’ rights are those bigoted, primitive rednecks clinging to their guns and religion (for the record, I am, at best, a-religious, and at worst, possibly even agnostic. Oh, the terror if it!)! It’s simple logic! We only need the rights the federal government grants us.
Who cares if the federal government maintains “ownership” of some 75-80% of ground in the western states? It’s all about protecting those assets for the common good…well, and of course, the use of big business (I work in the mineral extraction industry, so this is a LITTLE hypocritical of me, but only a little, since it should be STATE land!). That’s cool though, because the federals can use the tax dividends from the companies to pay for more programs that “benefit” the poor, regardless of how efficient those big businesses’ accountants are at minimizing the tax liability. God bless (crony) capitalism (I’m a dyed-in-the-wool free market capitalist, but I despise crony capitalism as much as any other fascist systems)!
Besides, who cares about states’ rights? We’ve still, by God, got our guns, thanks to the second amendment!
So, let’s back up a minute, and look at the second amendment that the NRA is doing such as splendid job of “protecting.”
“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
While the Supreme Court of the United States has deigned to recognize the individual rights view of this amendment in the last several years, it was at best, half-assed. Basically, while you have an individual right to own firearms, the local governments can still subject you to “reasonable” restrictions, regardless of how unreasonable you feel those restrictions are.
Despite the idea, verbalized by that same Supreme Court in U.S. v. Miller, that the entire point of the second amendment was to protect the right of the citizenry to possess and use military-type weapons suitable for militia duty, you cannot manufacture or own a NEW automatic weapon in the United States today. If you want an OLD one, you’ll pay a ridiculously exorbitant price due to the artificially, government-imposed lack of supply. Free market capitalism and the rights of the people to defend themselves from tyranny? Fuck the people!
As far as that goes, your right to BEAR arms is infringed upon daily in all but four states: Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming. Everywhere else, if you want to carry your weapon, concealed on your person (you know, where it might actually be useful?), you have to ask your betters for a permission slip first (Do NOT give me that “I live in a ‘shall-issue’ state!” horseshit! If you do, and I ever meet you in person, I will probably throat punch you in an effort to kill you, thus cleansing the gene pool of your stupidity. A permit, by definition is “permission.” You ASK for permission.). Of course, if you live in Illinois? You want the right to carry a gun? You don’t have any right to carry a gun! Fuck your permit idea!
Yeah, so that whole, “we’ve got to elect a GOP candidate to the presidency” because Obama is going to take our gun rights away? At this point in my life, I will say, and stand by the statement, that if you use that line, you are a fucking retard, and don’t deserve any firearms. In fact, you should probably get rid of any firearms that you do own, before you hurt yourself.
If you are reading this blog, and are hung up on the “let’s protect our second amendment rights” horseshit, do me a favor, don’t bother reading it anymore. Boys and girls, you don’t need government permission or protection to possess any of these rights. The entire idea behind the Bill of Rights was that these are NATURAL, God-given, unalienable human rights, shared by all men by virtue of their birth as human beings. They may not be protected by the government anymore, but you still possess these rights. You just need to exercise them.
Stand up, grab a handful of scrotum, and MAN THE FUCK UP!
Somewhere in the mountains.