In November of 2012, I became exceedingly concerned about the erosion of our rights and where our country was headed so I began prepping, somewhat moderately at first. Now, nearly a year and half later, I consider myself a full on ‘prepper’. I bought my first gun and learned how to use it. I have since bought several other different styles and calibers. I began purchasing ammo whenever I could find it at a fair price. I refuse to be gouged and shame on those companies and individuals who profit from fear. But I still felt there was more that could be done to help my family feel better prepared for what may come.
Because I wanted to meet others who felt the way I felt and thought the way I was thinking, I joined the Texas State Militia. Not only for the camaraderie but for the information and knowledge sharing that is an essential part of being in a Militia. I enjoy the practical application of skills and training I am receiving as a benefit of my commitment to the Militia. See, it is a give and take. I give of my time and effort and I receive knowledge and brotherhood in return.
I consider myself an activist to the extent that I am a 2A supporter and in the Militia. I write and post on Face book a lot. I share posts and I have liked pages and joined groups on Face book that share similar beliefs with my own. But here is the thing- and please know that I am not tooting my own horn, but hopefully inspiring those that could do more to do just that. More is what is needed to make any real change in the direction this country is headed. Ranting on Face book is not enough. Being in the Militia is not even ‘enough’. We must all do more. Even for me personally, I could do more. We must.
In addition to the things stated above, I also belong to the NRA, the GRAA and several other Gun Rights groups. I support them financially. I attend rallies and wear t-shirts; I buy guns and ammo locally. I visit the gun range several times a month, all of this to support local pro-2nd Amendment businesses. I took a CHL class and am awaiting my license. If there is a gun show within a hundred miles of Austin, I am there. I pay attention to politics and the issues up for votes and I show up to the voting booths and cast my ballots. Not just for gun rights candidates but for conservative constitutionalist candidates. I know longer pay much attention to parties or speeches given or promises made, but rather look at actions more than words. How do they vote, what do they stand for? Those are the things I am looking at when selecting my choices for leadership both locally, statewide and on up. But there is still more to be done.
My friend Rachel Malone of Texas Firearms Freedom teaches a class about how to get involved at the convention level and submit resolutions, etc. I want to take her class and get more involved politically. My friends CJ Grisham and Justin Delosh of OCT (Open Carry Texas) and CATI (Come and Take It) sponsor gun walks across the state. I have plans to attend several upcoming events with both organizations. I am taking classes with my friend Mike Smith of Liberty Tactical and have joined a women only gun club called Ladies of Liberty hosted by Mike’s wife, Jules. This is part of my ‘more’.
My Militia unit held a meet and greet last night and one of the new recruits asked the question- Why aren’t the various Militia groups in the state of Texas working together as one? My initial thought was who does this guy think he is- criticizing right off the bat, before even becoming a member? But then I thought about what he was saying and he was right. The Militia’s groups do need to work together and some of us do. The truth is Texas is a big place and there are some big heads in the Militia. Some groups want to go about things a different way and that is fine, but that is also why there are different groups just as there are different political parties. At our last training we had five different units from various parts of the state there, in addition to several from other Militia groups. There is some unity, but there needs to be more. So I am adding that to my list of goals. I want our Militia to grow, but I also want to do whatever I can to help foster a good relationship and line of communication between the various groups. When the time comes, it will not matter if you are part of this militia or that militia. Being like minded and singularly focused is what will matter. We all have the same goals- to defend our homes, our friends and families, our rights and the constitution, our states and our country. I have blogged on this subject specifically before.
I read a post on face book this morning on the GRAA page asking what it would take to get more people out to the rallies. My response to the question stemmed from something my XO said . Sadly, you have those on the list and those on the team. The listers will like pages and share posts and rant on face book…they may even contribute to the cause financially, but they aren’t really on the team- there is no real commitment of time or effort. There aren’t any real costs or risks involved at their level of activity. Then you have those on the team- they do everything the listers do, but they also show up. They are boots on the ground people. Their actions speak a whole lot louder than their words or face book posts. It is the same with the Militia. I used to be on the list until I was so compelled by the feeling that I needed to be doing more than sitting around reading articles and blogs and sharing posts. That is when I decided to join the team and get active. Actions do speak louder than words.
But then I realized I didn’t really answer their question- so I started thinking about it and this blog was born. What would it take to motivate people to get off the list and on to the team? To be enthusiastic and passionate for our causes- whatever they may be? I think it is as simple as promoting awareness and encouraging others to get involved. We have to get the word out and we have to call people to action. To instill passion we must lead by example.
So here are my questions for you friends- Are you on the list or are you on the team? Is there something more you could be doing? Is the sacrifice worth it to you and the future of your family and this country? I say yes, absolutely! What say you?