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Anti-government groups usually believe:

  • Gun Control = Enslavement

  • Constitution has been subverted

  • The U.S. has lost its sovereignty

 

     Opposition to a strong federal government is not new.  The first Continental Congress wrestled with this issue when they first created the “Articles of Confederation” before our present day Constitution.  George Washington marched troops into Pennsylvania to uphold the power of the Federal Government to collect taxes.  In fact, we fought a civil war over the issue of individual and states versus federal rights.

     Today’s anti-government groups have their origins in the shock and outrage among a number of groups to include gun rights groups, tax protestors, and white supremacists over the government actions with the Branch Davidian religious cult at Waco and and white supremacist Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge along with recent laws that limited gun ownership.  A coalition of these groups called for the formation of “leaderless resistance” groups—the beginning of “unorganized militias”.  Few people involved in this self styled “Patriot Movement” are criminals but there are some on the extreme fringe that are convinced that the Government has been subverted and that their freedoms must be aggressively defended to the point of attacks on our governing institutions.

     In general, these terrorists claim that the U.S. government is infringing on their individual rights, and/or that the government's policies are criminal and immoral. Such groups may hold that the current government is violating the basic principles laid out by the U.S. Constitution and that a new world order is attempting to enslave humanity. Some groups also believe that the government and other organizations are transgressing the rule of God as described in the Bible. Some groups see themselves as separate nations within the United States, taking the initiative to establish their own laws and common-law courts.

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