I’ve noticed something the OpFor has become handy at: charge a citizen (that is, one who bears arms lawfully) with a bullshit trumped up charge of unlawful possession or brandishing or some such felonious bullshit, put them on trial and intimidate the jury into thinking they must convict the guy, then throw him in prison. When he raises holy hell in the press and the people demand his freedom, grant a commutation, not a full pardon. That way the OpFor can claim to have restored his freedom (he’s out of prison, after all) while denying him his right to bear arms, since he still has a felony conviction.
It worked with Brian Aitken, and in a more aggressive form with David Olofson, and now it has worked with Ward Bird in New Hampshire.
How would we go about countering this? Two methods come to mind. First, if we are lucky enough to get on the jury trying the guy, we pull a Henry Fonda and get the rest of the jury to acquit the victim. Second, as a personal preventative measure, we cache firearms (preferably paperless ones) in our locale. Third …
David Kilcullen, formerly of the Australian Army, has written a treatise on a particular aspect of the War on Terror he calls the Accidental Guerrilla – the forces and actions that drive local populations into opposition to (instead of support of) US foreign policy, especially military operations.
At first I felt this was an interesting but marginally relevant book for a militiaman to read. But about a quarter of the way through it I saw the relevance, which comes from contemplating the possibility of military action on US soil in the wake of some future disaster/emergency/political upheaval/big ruckus. This is worth exploring, so much so that I will be buying a physical copy (I listened to the audiobook) and filling it with notes.