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Originally posted by dooper
I noted in combat, and let me stress that point as a military in combat conditions behaves a lot differently than during peacetime.
In combat, we would note those other members, who were enjoying it too much, were on the edge all the time, had a chip on their shoulder for the predetermined enemy, and would go to extremes in the performance of their duties.
They would be warned by others, and if they persisted, often enough, the next firefight, they were shot.
And not always in the front.
I'm not worried at all about our military. We leave them alone, and I have an good idea that they'll be more than happy to leave the citizenry alone.
Originally posted by dooper
reply to post by UmbraSumus
Actually, it's pretty easy to get cooperation. In times of trouble, you'll find that others will find comfort and security in numbers, if for no other reason, than to not feel alone.
Believe me, when the cold realization is made that the cavalry is not coming, folks will brace up and cooperate. Those that don't want to, to hell with them.
It would be wise to make a few contacts in advance. Don't tell them what you anticipate, but just share the fact that "I live right over there. Here's my phone number. You every have any trouble or need any help, you don't hesitate to call. I can be here in moments, not minutes."
You make friends, you have already placed yourself in a position of being proactive, and you're half way there.
Take a real look at your neighborhood. There are natural barriers, natural lines of egress and ingress, likely approaches from higher traffic areas or from the "undesirable" areas of town.
Anticipate. Always attack yourself aggressively. And then defend those areas. And attack yourself again. On and on. After a while, you've pretty much covered the most likely approaches and tactics.
Strength in numbers, and you'll find the numbers.
Or more likely, they'll find you.
You're afraid of your rights being taken away. You're afraid of words on a bill that haven't been passed. YOU ARE AFRAID of things that go against your will that cannot and probably will not be immediately vetoed, either by the people or the politicians. Instead of doing your best to make a dignified stance and restoring the integrity of our political body, you subscribe to an armed resistance that's going to be the silver bullet to restore all the things you're so worked up about. You think the majority of people are going to be okay with thousands of armed men encroaching on their homes with their families inside? Even if your intentions are pure, could you imagine how afraid they would be of the unkonw? How threatened people would be? There's no smiley face pamphlet you could give them to make them swallow the visual of rugged armed men running through their neighborhoods as they're watching the news about a "domestic insurgency." How do you think that would turn out for your movement?
Could you then rely on peaceful means to quail the dissent towards you? Could you afford to try? Which side is "better?"