The American Militia
Waving The Flag
How often have you encountered someone speaking unkindly about
firearms and unkindly about gun owners in general? It may have been
a personal encounter, or something you saw or heard in the media. It
may have been at a school or civic meeting. Perhaps someone said
that we would all be safer if there were no guns.
This is important; listen carefully to what is said. Remember this
person so you can identify his type in the future. He values
personal safety over liberty. You are in the presence of a shallow
You know the situation; you are at a town council meeting about some
new regulation being proposed and a concerned citizen or even a
council person takes the floor and explains how urgent it is that all
firearms be removed from society so as to stop harm from coming to
the civilians. He says that only the police and the army needs any
weapons. He actually says that individuals should not use any force
to defend themselves. He is immoral.
Any person who says he will not use force to defend himself has
taken a profound personal stand. I do not disapprove of it; being
his personal choice he is free to hold it. I commend him on his
courage and wish him well, knowing that eventually his choice may cut
short his future. He will be unprepared in tools, in training and
mind set to do anything about that which attacks him and affects his
However, any person who says another can not defend himself, has
established an immoral position. He is attempting to enforce his
personal principal on others, a principal that surely would cause him
harm if need be and he can not defend himself. It is contrary to
human right. It is a fundamental affront to human freedom. I wonder
if his family and community understand the risk they are taking being
in the presence of someone with such an attitude? It is a double
risk, he will not defend himself and also he will become a burden on
others when attacked. He probably will scream the loudest calling
911 and demanding protection. He has not been listening; rescue or
protection of any individual is not required by public services.
Itīs the law.
This kind of attitude needs to be countered with some strong
medicine. It is time to Wave the Flag.
If you are in public and someone espouses disarmament as a path to
safety, use the logic outlined above; Congratulate him for his
personal courage to accept an attack and express your sympathy for
his family and those around him. Then remind him that he can not
demand that others follow his personal and obviously hazardous path.
Ask him what he would do if actually attacked, if his family were in
danger, and suddenly he finds himself armed and could fight back. If
he would still not fight, remind him to stay alert so as to be able
to run faster and sooner, hoping others might fall to the attacker
while he escapes. At least if he escapes he will not leave a mess
that others will have to clean up.
Do not wait for such conversations to arise of their own accord so
you can state your position. Be pro-active, Wave the Flag.
The flag is any symbol or statement that will be socially
acceptable, not an intrusion but a proper self statement at the time.
It brings up the subject of freedom and Personal Protection.
Imagine you were to go into a company meeting or a social gathering.
On your jacket lapel is a small pin, perhaps in the shape of the US
Flag, or a badge or a firearm. You will most likely be asked, as
social small talk, what the pin is about.
Youīre on! The floor is yours and the conversation has just started
precisely down the path you want to take. It all depends on the
crowd and the occasion but a response something like, "Oh, this
little pin? Thatīs a 1911 pistol. I shoot one like it in IDPA
firearm defense competition and in practice at the range. Our group
has many folks like me in it; professionals, law enforcement, home
makers and the like. Would you like to come on out and watch some
day?" From there on it is just follow your nose.
How many flags are there? Just think a bit and you will find
dozens. The "Gun Owner" Money Stamp is one. Assuming you have not
encountered it yet at an area Gun Show, here is what it is about.
Stamping a suitable message on currency, and then spending that
currency, will get the occasional clerk asking about it. Yes it is
legal to mark currency with such First Amendment speech. Stamping
bill payment check memos, receipts, candidate contribution forms and
return letters to Pro-gun and Anti-gun groups; all these "Gun Owner"
stamp messages wave the flag.
Do you have a flag that you can fly from the front porch that will
state your position and encourage your neighbors to chat? Does
"Donīt Tread on Me" turn a phrase you can expound upon? Do you have
some bumper stickers or window decals that will elicit a toot and
wave in traffic? The full hand joyful wave identifies a friend, the
one finger wave says you have definitely gotten the message to the
Donīt be afraid to wave the flag, thinking that others will target
you. Donīt hide in the closet and do nothing (we will talk about
those folks later) you must be active to take this message to the
public. Less formal venues open themselves to hats and shirts, there
are plenty of them. Going out for a walk in the park, wear one and
be ready to talk to strangers.
The media know all about what is called "impressions". They sell
advertising time based on the quantity and relative value of the
impressions an ad will make with the public. Our task is the same.
The more impressions (positive impressions please) we leave on the
public, the more readily gun owners will be acknowledged as a force
for good in the community. Is there an emergency condition, a snow
emergency perhaps where medical staff needs transportation? Grab
your 4x4 truck (or your neighbor and his truck if you do not have
on), affix a few gun club stickers to it, grab a handful of "flags"
to take along and hand out, call those asking for help and hit the
road. The people you meet will see the decals, the club flyers, a
hat or jacket patch. You may give them a "flag" and tell them it was
a pleasure that your group could help them. They WILL remember that.
You will remind them that you are part of the crew from your club
(even if it is only a crew of one) out helping in the emergency.
Wave the flag.
The American Militia is that body of the Citizens who have the
material, training, and ability to answer the call to arms for any
emergency. You promote that understanding by waving the flag and
responding when called. If you ever come across someone also wearing
a flag from his service to the country, the old guy with the WWII
Veteran hat for example, make sure you have a "flag" for him. A US
Flag lapel or hat pin is just the thing. Thank him for his service
and hand him the pin.
The same thing goes for folks in uniform you meet. Suppose you are
standing at the baggage claim at an airport you see a dozen men in
uniform. You ask them if they are coming home or heading out. They
are going into harms way in the infantry so you ask who is in charge
(or you talk to the one with the sergeantsī stripes) and ask who is
the best shot in the group. That person gets the Fifty Caliber
Shooters Association US Flag style pin. You only have one pin so you
have to identify the proper recipient. It is even better if you take
it off your own lapel, to give out as a token of your thanks.
Asking and making small talk is as good a way as any to decide who to
give it to. They will remember you and may spread your message to
others. Military, LEOīs, emergency service workers can most likely
wear a US Flag pin on their uniform. Carry some with you.
Most importantly, wave the flag as much as possible in public where
as many "Impressions" as possible will be made and with influential
The American Militia is prepared; for major action or minor flag
waving. Prove it to others and encourage them to learn and prepare
and understand that, "we are all around you".
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