Alaska. I love that state. It's beautiful and some of my favorite people live there. However, some of the other people there seem to be bone-stupid, and I have to shake my head and wonder about them sometimes.
About eight years ago, some kid named Schaeffer Cox, then fresh out of whatever high school he'd attended in the lower 48, shows up in Alaska and starts running off at the mouth about Libertarianism and the so-called "Sovereign Citizen" movement (where the government doesn't have authority over you if you don't want it to). He runs for elected office a couple of times and loses handily. He involves himself in the gun rights movement and uses it as a platform for his weird ideas, including one where he starts traveling around the state setting up his own courts. And then he forms a militia and declares himself it's head.
Now Cox has never served in the military. But that's ok, because most people who flock to militia groups haven't either. Such groups are gathering places for underachievers who just want to belong to something and maybe feel powerful for once in their pathetic lives. These groups are filled with the fat, the lazy and the incompetent, but they have guns and they have anger at a society that doesn't let them run it, so without even asking the rest of us, they declare themselves to be our guardians and appoint themselves watchers over our lawful authorities, like Cox did. Cox claims that his group exists to watch the police and to serve as a check on the government and remind them that if they go too far, they'll encounter opposition from armed citizens. His group also pretends that they'll be there to step in and act as local law enforcement or security forces the next time a Katrina-type disaster strikes, a claim that many militia groups make. But the reality is that we already have trained professionals who will do that. If these militia jokers really wanted to be helpful in time of crisis, they'd be volunteering with the Red Cross or similar disaster-response organizations to help hand out food, water and basic supplies to those in need. A lot of dedicated people do that, but then most militia goobers aren't cut from that sort of cloth. They don't want to help people--they just want to stand around with guns and intimidate people, and claim some sort of power and authority over other citizens without it actually being given to them by the rest of us. They look forward to the day when they can start bullying and oppressing people and making others respect them at gunpoint. That's really all they are--cowards and losers fantasizing about the day when they can be somebody because they have guns in their hands.
Well every now and again, this sort of thing gets those people in trouble. They start acting on their fantasies and they wind up in trouble with the law. We just have to look at people like Ed and Elaine Brown, the Alabama Free Militia, the Welch family, and the Hutaree Militia. And now Schaeffer Cox is on that list, along with a few of his cohorts.
You see, Schaeffer, man that he is, punched and choked his wife when she threatened to leave him last year. Then he caught another case for interfering with police officers and failing to disclose that he had a concealed weapon on his person as state law requires when he showed up as police were checking a house following a domestic disturbance and began shadowing the police and trying to record them. He was supposed to show up in court on that case February 14th, but he skipped out on his bond and went into hiding instead. Now fearing arrest on this MISDEMEANOR charge, he hatched a plan with his buddies to kidnap and kill several local state troopers and at least one judge in retaliation for his own arrest. They apparently went so far as to map the locations of the troopers' homes and stockpiled weapons around the area in anticipation of their coming battle with the law, a battle which Schaeffer was all ready for as he reportedly told at least one trooper that his group could "wipe them all out in one night".
Tough talk from a boy barely out of his teens. But in this case, he's got a following of other people with guns and no common sense.
Well now his dumb ass is back in jail, along with a few of his minions. They've got high bonds set, so it's doubtful that they'll be released any time soon. But what gets me is that so many other Alaskans were so quick to jump onto this kid's band wagon and accept him as their leader. Grown men, many of whom have jobs and families, were coming out of the woodwork saying: "Hee-yuk! You kin be my general, Mister Cox...You ain't but a kid, and ain't never been in no military, but I'll take yer orders...SUH!" WTF?! Who does that? Even in Alaska. But there are a number of them, and the letters to the local papers seem to bear this out. The kid had and still has a following made up of people who you'd think would be smarter than that.
But the real victims here are the lawful gun owners of that state and the country. When people like Cox manage to snake their way into the gun right movement and pervert it for their own ends, it makes us all look bad and gives those who would take our guns away that much more ammunition. That's why we, as a pro-gun community, have to be wary of those who would rise to speak in our names, and we need to scrutinize them as closely as we would any candidate for public office. we don't need our cause discredited by people like Cox (and there have been others over the years) and we don't need the beliefs and the actions of crazies or criminals attributed to us as a group.
Anyone who has read this blog for more than a few posts knows that I'm all about guns and gun rights for every law-abiding citizen in America. But I will not stand with criminals who plot to kill our law-enforcement officers or other public officials, nor will I allow them to go forward in our name and take us with them even if only by association. Schaeffer Cox was never one of us, and I wish the government well in their case against him.