Heavily-armed white men patrol Ferguson, 'ready to confront authorities to defend US Constitution':
Armed to teeth with semi-automatic assault rifles and handguns, members of the Oath Keepers militia, formed of former and current law enforcement and military officers, have blended into the crowd of Ferguson protesters, saying "We're on your side." Ref. Source 7p
These groups might have merit during a collapse of government but once law enforcement is in place there should be a reason to have a show of arms or force because they can go over the top.
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Having guns in case you need them is a good thing. Walking around in public showing off your guns (Particularly long guns which cannot be in a holster) is brandishing and intimidation. Between the citizens guarding the military centers and the ones guarding the "Muslim-free" Store, we keep having accidents, which does nothing but give the anti-gun people ammunition.
Forgive the pun.
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Joshua James, a co-defendant in a criminal case involving Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction. He's the first person involved in the attack on the U.S. Capitol to be convicted of the rarely used charge. Source 4c.
Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes found guilty of seditious conspiracy, other charges in Jan. 6, 2021, attack on U.S. Capitol. The Washington, D.C., jury deliberated for days after the seven-week trial ended Nov. 21. Prosecutors said the group were leaders of the mob that stormed the Capitol, but defendants argued there was no plan to invade the building. Source 1w.