The news item below has been covered in different ways depending on the outlet reporting it. The Daily Mail, a UK publication, used this absurd caption: ‘Residents form ‘vigilante groups’ after cuts to sheriff department’s budget mean police only respond to life-threatening incidents’. Obviously the dopey female who wrote the piece has zero understanding of the issue. But, let’s take a look at this happening in the county where Newswithviews has their home office:
“When budget woes reduced the sheriff’s department in one rural Oregon county to a bare-bones force, residents decided to take matters into their own hands — creating armed patrol groups in defiance of local officials.
“Their decision has raised safety concerns with the county government, which would prefer residents instead hike their own taxes to fund the hiring of trained deputies. But despite the risks, the move stands as a unique, some would say innovative, response to one of the country’s most severe local budget crunches.
“The government in Josephine County, where nearly 70 percent of the land is owned by the U.S. government, had long relied on federal timber subsidies to pay the bills. When the feds terminated the funds, county officials scrambled to pass a May 2012 tax levy to make up a nearly $7.5 million budget shortfall.
“However, the county’s residents voted against the levy, and as a result the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office was gutted. The major crimes unit closed, dozens of prisoners were released from the county jail and the department reduced operations to Monday-Friday, eight hours a day.”
Such cuts most definitely pose a severe problem. The place to start cuts would be paychecks for their county board of supervisors. Some of you might be familiar with Josephine County’s Sheriff Gil Gilbertson from his excellent columns posted on NWVs.
Because the situation is dire and dangerous, a couple of citizens decided it was time to step up to the plate and formed the “North Valley Community Watch, a county-wide organization dedicated to helping citizens in non-life-threatening situations, primarily property crimes. It is one of a handful of community groups that have formed since the cuts. Without a robust Sheriff’s Office, their mission is broader than the typical neighborhood watch group.
“Selig’s community watch group, looking to fill in the law enforcement cracks, now meets once a month to discuss crime and teach its approximately 100 members about personal safety. The group also has a trained “response team,” which consists of 12 people who will respond to the scene of a reported non-life-threatening situation if called.
“Though the “response team” members do carry legal firearms, Selig said the team’s main goal is to provide a deterrent presence, and that none of them have ever fired a shot. He said those involved in his group believe there is no substitute for well-trained law enforcement, but they feel they have no other choice but to protect their community. “We believe responsible citizens doing responsible things make it hard for criminals to do irresponsible things,” he said.”
And right there Selig hit the nail on the head. Homeland security. Security of a free state. The constitutional militia, not loose knit groups with good intentions. There are many fine groups across America who refer to themselves as militia. However, legally, they have no authority other than to meet and train which is their right to free assembly and association. Dr. Edwin Vieira wrote his usual scholarly column on the true vs false militia: Part I, Part II, Part III. Knowing the difference is very important.
Those men up in Josephine County should be commended for what they’re doing, not sitting around waiting for DHS to come rolling into town.
There is a lot of dangerous talk going around this country born out of anger and frustration. In the piece below, the author vents over the recent cut in veteran’s benefits. However, he wraps it up with an invitation for the FBI to pay him a visit:
“We, each of us veterans, is beholden to the promise we made upon swearing in to uphold and defend the Constitution, and now we have to make good on that promise. The question is, will our representatives in Washington listen or will the well-armed militia need to be mobilized?”
Pray tell me, Mr. Granger: Just what do you plan on doing with a well-armed (vs well regulated) militia if the scoundrels, liars and thieves in the Outlaw Congress don’t dance to your tune? (Please hold the nasty email. I am married to a retired U.S. Army Colonel, so I am in complete sympathy regarding the betrayal by RINO Paul Ryan and all who voted to take away what was promised.)