By John Crump
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Webster’s dictionary defines terrorism as “the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.”
There is a group in the US that would fit that definition to a tee. They are known as Antifa or the Anti-fascist. I have written about this group in the past for Ammoland (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). I have been following them in the US and their rise across western Europe since 2005. One thing is for sure; They believe in using any means necessary to achieve their goal of an anarcho-communist state even if that means direct violent confrontation.
Recently there has been a push to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. There has even been a White House Petition that reached the required 100,000 signatures in record time. As of right now, the signature count is at over 300,000.
\With more and more people learning about Antifa and their tactics this signature count is likely to keep increasing.
It seems the tipping point was a rally in Berkeley, CA which was attended by Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer. By all accounts this was a peaceful rally, or should I say it was a peaceful rally until the Antifa thugs attacked the peaceful attendees.
Why did Antifa thugs orchestrate this attack?
Antifa claimed this was a “white nationalist” rally like the rally in Charlottesville, VA. What hurts the Antifa narrative is that Joey Gibson is a Japanese American. Also, many of the rally goers were not white and none were white nationalist. This didn’t matter to Antifa as they pepper sprayed and physically assaulted the rally goers. This has happened more and more as in the case of Antifa attacker/college professor, Eric Clanton, but for some reason, the mainstream media noticed this event when it turned a blind eye to the other attacks by Antifa.
The event spun so out of control that the police had to come in and save Joey Gibson from the hostile crowds of masked attackers that were assaulting him. After a day of violence, Antifa celebrated their victory of “deplatforming” people they don’t agree with. What was a short term victory might have been a long term defeat for the anarcho-communist group.
What people don’t like to admit is winning hearts and minds does matter. This victory was truly a disaster for Antifa. No longer could the media declare the “alt-left” was a myth. This even drove the far left leaning mayor of Berkeley to call Antifa a criminal gang. A very liberal friend of mine puts it this way, “Like most conservatives hate Nazis; Most liberals hate Antifa.” I would hope that this is true.
I asked Joey Gibson if he thinks Antifa should be considered a terrorist organization.
Joey told me, “They commit terrorist acts, but it's more complicated than that for two reasons. One, Antifa is more of an ideology then a group. That makes it difficult, it's like labeling hate as a terrorist organization. Who would be considered antifa?” Joey said. “Unfortunately the Patriot Act allows for the government to take away someone's rights by labeling him/her as a terrorist. I don't like that. We need to be hard on Antifa and put them in jail but we have to do it through the court of law.”
Joey and I might disagree on that point. Antifa uses terror to accomplish their goals. A lot of people compare them to ISIS. I think a better comparison would be to the Brown Shirts of Nazi Germany. Much like how the Brown Shirts carried out the bidding for the Nazis; Antifa carries out the bidding for a political organization called “The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary” or as it is more commonly referred to as BAMN.
So the question is why does the government not declare Antifa a terrorist organization?
I think it all boils down to Money. BAMN, which is the de facto parent group of Antifa, gets most of their money from the United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund (UEAALDF), a 501(c)(3). The UEAALDF is the fundraising arm of BAMN which controls Antifa.
The UEAALDF has a lot of powerful supporters. Not surprisingly you will find unions like SEIU, UEW, and the ALFCIO. On the list, you will also find the usual suspects like George Soros, and the SPLC. Other groups that give money to the UEAALDF includes The Kellogg Foundation and The Ford Foundation.
Every time you eat Frosted Flakes you are enabling these violent thugs.
Don’t fear though. The tide is turning on Antifa and their thuggish tactics. You lose the moral high ground when you say “bash the fash”, and the person you call a “fash” punches you in the face. I used to believe that Antifa would be with us as long as Trump is in office. I now see an opportunity to strike against Antifa, but I need your help.
The first thing we can all do is research who these groups are. Take a look at their tactics. Look at where they get their money. The most important thing we can all do is share this information with the people around you. Most people will reject violent extremism and it is important that we show them what is really going on with groups like the UEAALDF, BAMN, and Antifa.
The second thing we can do is to boycott the groups and people that donate to the UEAALDF. This may include changing certain brands that we have all come to love. This was hard for me since I am usually against boycotts except in the most dire circumstances. I think this might be one of them, and it is crucial to send a message to these companies and groups that we do not support terrorism no matter if it is foreign or domestic. Let these companies know through very public methods such as social media, and with your wallet.
The third thing we can do is contact our local, state, and national representatives. We need to put pressure on them to act. Now is the time to act. Call them, send them emails, and contact them through social media. Contact people on both sides of the isle. Hell, even Nancy Pelosi is condemning Antifa.
Be sure to sign the White House Petition. This will get the attention of government leaders that we will not put up with these violent thugs. If nothing else it puts Antifa into the spotlight even more, but I wouldn’t stop there.
While talking to Joey Gibson I had an idea. Instead of declaring Antifa a terrorist group why not declare BAMN a terrorist group? When I asked Joey if BAMN should be considered a terrorist organization he had a different answer.
“BAMN is a little different. It's more of a legitimate group. I would lean more towards yes.”
Since the UEAALDF is tied directly to BAMN as their fund raising arm it would cause the UEAALDF to lose its non-profit status. Much like the Holy Land Foundation was shut down for funding Hamas. The UEAALDF could be shut down for funding BAMN and in turn Antifa. Furthermore, anyone who was donating to the UEAALDF would be donating to a recognized terrorist front.
This would basically empty Antifa’s coffers. I believe without BAMN paying a lot of these people to be violent and for things such as busing people into the rallies that they want to disrupt that these Antifa protest would dry up. Remember that the UEAALDF covers a lot of these Antifa member’s legal bills. With BAMN shut down a lot of Antifa will also go away almost overnight.
In the end it is up to us to protect our liberty from groups that wish to destroy the country such as Antifa.
About John Crump
John is an NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at www.crumpy.com.