While I know I'm probably not widely read among the militias, maybe some of y'all know them and can forward this. I just want to put my two cents in, for what it's worth.
I received an email from WiscoDave about the armor plates he's putting together for Patriots. In it, he stated that while several Patriots have offered to cover the cost of plates for militia members, some of those militia have declined, seeing it as charity. Really?! Have we gotten so fucked up that we've lost touch with the true meaning of that word?
Charity is how we USED to take care of each other before the government stuck it's nose in our business and decided how much we should give and to whom. Charity is the voluntary offering of time, money, goods or services to another deemed worthy. Someone you believe to be not only in need, but someone who will put the gift to good use and will, when possible, pay it forward. This is NOT the government handout program. This is a group of Patriots who see a need they can fill, and choose to fill it. True charity, in it's purist form, is not a handout, it's an investment. Now, you militia guys, try to get in touch with true Christian charity, not the compulsory government handout programs.
But if you're still hung up on Charity, let's look at this logically.
Every damn day, every citizen is forced to "donate" funds that the government uses to arm various entities. From the Muslim Brotherhood (who would love to use those guns against us), to our own military and government entities (who may be using their guns against us), to our local law enforcement agencies (who are becoming increasingly militarized). Every day, we involuntarily "fund" people who may not have our best interests at heart. So why the hell can't we VOLUNTARILY CHOOSE TO FUND people we know to have our best interests at heart? Why can't we choose to better equip those Patriots who choose to go in harm's way? Don't think of it as charity, think of it as an investment. In Liberty. Perhaps our last free choice.
And if logic isn't doing it for you, how about the emotional plea of a Patriot mom?
I can't go to the mat, no matter how much I want to. I have aging parents and special needs kids who will rely on me to keep them safe and to provide for them. And there are many, many more Patriots just like me. Due to age, illness, family, we can't be on the front lines. But God bless you, you have made that choice to go in harm's way.
We can't have your flank, watch your back as you catch some sleep, drag you to safety if you go down. We can't be there for you. But we can do this. We can provide some small measure of safety for you. We can outfit you with armor plates, an anti-bullet "hug" if you will. Please let us do this for you. We can't stand shoulder to shoulder with you, but we can do this. If you'll allow us.
Please rethink your position and get in touch with Dave. Let us take care of this, III to III.
WiscoDave's email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Ray, please contact him.