The possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency has spawned concerns that militia groups in the U.S. are preparing for armed conflict. One group of particular concern is the Three Percent Security Force, whose members are engaging in hand-to-hand combat training and rifle practice.
Will This Militia Be A Threat If Clinton Wins?
It should come as no surprise that they are fans of Donald Trump.
“How many people are voting for Trump? Ooh-rah!” Chris Hill asked. “Ooh-rah!” a dozen or so members shouted back.
And because this presidential election is so divisive, many armed militia groups are readying themselves for potential civil unrest in the days following a Clinton victory.
Hill says his group won’t fire the first shot. However, they don’t plan to leave their guns at home, either.
Trump, with his racist rhetoric about deporting Muslims and other immigrants, along with his talk about building a wall has energized a number of militia groups and they are all buzzing with excitement over the possibilities.
His repeated warnings that the election may be “rigged” and claims that he may not honor the results if he loses have also stirred up excitement among militia groups. One group in particular, the Oath Keepers, has called on members to keep close watch on voting sites for signs of fraud.
Related: Report: Alarming Jump In Armed ‘Militias’ Responding To Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Nonsense
Armed paramilitary groups gained notoriety in the early 1990s with confrontations in Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas. The movement culminated in a militia sympathizer’s 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that claimed 168 lives.
Following this horrific act, militia groups dwindled, but now their numbers are spiking again — driven by the irrational fear that President Obama will take away their guns and diminish the powers of local government. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks extremist groups, there were 276 active militias in 2015. Which means their numbers have grown significantly, because the SPLC reports there were 42 in 2008.
And since these groups are increasing, it follows that armed conflicts between paramilitary groups and federal authorities are also increasing. Which is worrisome to federal officials, who say more clashes could come after Ammon Bundy and six others of his fellow jerks were acquitted on conspiracy charges recently.
Many people in these militia groups worry that Clinton will push the U.S. further to the left.
“This is the last chance to save America from ruin,” Hill said. “I’m surprised I was able to survive or suffer through eight years of Obama without literally going insane (who says he isn’t?), but Hillary is going to be more of the same.”
And some of these groups, like the Oath Keepers, have become bolder. The Keepers sent armed members to Ferguson, Missouri when racial turmoil erupted after the killing of Michael Brown.
Hill’s group has even attracted the concern of Anonymous. Earlier this year the infamous hacker collective warned Hill in the video below that the group had better play it safe.
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But on that weekend morning in Georgia, an hour south of Atlanta, Hill’s militia members started their day sitting around a campfire and shooting automatic pistols and rifles at a makeshift target. When blasts from one member’s high-powered rifle tore down a tree, they hollered with excitement.
Although the Three Percenters operate independently, they are affiliated with a national armed movement that calls for members to defend individual rights because they view the federal government as overreaching. And Hill’s militia, inspired by the notion that only three percent of the American population fought in the Revolutionary War, draws its name from that.
Amid the tree-murdering, Hill discussed plans for a possible armed march on Washington if Clinton wins.
He doesn’t want his members to lead the way, but they will defend protesters if need be, he said. And the group won’t hesitate to act if Clinton, as president, attempts to disarm gun owners, he said.
“I will be there to render assistance to my fellow countrymen, and prevent them from being disarmed, and I will fight and I will kill and I may die in the process,” said Hill, who goes by the name “Blood Agent,” and works as a paralegal when he isn’t busy being an extremist nutjob.
Trump’s candidacy has fired up extremist groups, who are now speaking more openly about challenging the rule of law, said Ryan Lenz, a researcher at the SPLC.
“Prior to this campaign season, these ideas were relegated to sort of the political fringe of the American political landscape,” Lenz said. “Now these ideas are legitimized.”
And this has brought out the rightwing nutjob in at least one politician.
“If Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket,” tweeted former Illinois Representative Joe Walsh last week.
Joe Walsh ✔ @WalshFreedom
On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump.
On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket.
10:02 PM – 26 Oct 2016
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And conservative commentator and fellow nutjob Wayne Root creepily talked about Clinton’s death while speaking at a Trump rally on Sunday.
And when Hill and his bunch of kookoonuts wrapped up rifle practice, they headed further into the trees to run an obstacle course with their beloved pistols at their sides, ready for the imaginary enemy.
“We’ve building up for this, just like the Marines,” Hill said. “We are going to really train harder and try to increase our operational capabilities in the event that this is the day that we hoped would never come.”
I’m glad Anonymous is keeping an eye on this militia, but perhaps it’s time for the Secret Service to pay attention as well. Because what Hill is talking about is dangerous and lives could be lost if this group decides to act. Groups like the Three Percenters say they are patriots, but they are dangerously delusional and want Americans to live by their rules, and their rules alone.