How Can This Possibly End Well?

Posted by | April 26, 2010 11:20 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Thomas Wellborn

Bill Davis (pictured) is “Doing the job our Government refuses to do!”  Is he following the legislative process in order to bring about his desired change lawfully?  No, not quite.  Mr. Davis, the founder of an Arizona border vigilante group (“The Cochise County Militia), wants to take a dramatic, hard-lined approach to border control. On Monday, he told his supporters in an email that his Tombstone-based militia will be forming a private military company (PMC).  According to Davis, this is “completely legal.”

DAVIS: We can be considered paramilitary, but not vigilantes, mercenaries, etc” … “We don’t want to appear as a para-military group in any way.”

In contrast to Davis’s comments are the images posted on his organization’s website, which tell quite a different story.  If this isn’t a vigilante group, what is??

Davis didn’t say how many have signed up for his club, but he did add, “They all have confirmed kills, from Vietnam or later on.”

History teaches us that these types of groups rarely end up doing much of anything in the way of being constructive.

April 1995:  Timothy McVeigh, who was inspired by anti-government militia groups, bombed the Oklahoma City Federal Building.

September 2004: Ranch Rescue, a border vigilante group founded by Jack Foote, has since 2000, organized armed “patrols” of the border on private property, over which they claim the government has no jurisdiction. Foote was arrested in September 2004 by the FBI in Sierra Vista on a warrant charging him with possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic violence

November 2006:  An Arizona jury, acting in a lawsuit sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, ordered border vigilante Roger Barnett to pay $98,750 to a family of Mexican-Americans he terrorized in 2004.

March 2010:  The Michigan-based militia group charged with conspiring to kill police officers is preparing for battle with the Antichrist, according to a website purportedly run by the group.

Numerous militia movements exist throughout the U.S., most claiming legitimacy “under the Militia Clause, Second Amendment, and often similar provisions of state constitutions.”  A dramatic rise in these types of groups over the past two years has been reported from various news outlets.

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