Washington Post Intentionally Conflating Lawful Defense with Criminal Violence

Some would have you believe being prepared for armed defense against such threats is “extreme.” (Montpelier Police Department/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “‘Bring rifles’: Extremist groups call for violence over abortion ruling,” The Washington Post selectively reports.

Which “extremist groups” are doing that?

“DEFEND YOUR CHURCHES TONIGHT,” “far-right” activist Nicholas Fuentes urges his Telegram followers. “Guard and protect your local church. Guard and protect your local pregnancy centers. Call them in advance. Bring rifles and men with you,” a “far-right” Telegram channel post read.

It’s telling they start out with someone the Anti-Defamation League has pegged as a “white nationalist,” and it’s interesting that Fuentes is of Hispanic descent on his father’s side.”  Conflating “racists” with Constitutionalists is a go-to tactic of the left, which conveniently forgets that judging the worth of people by the group they were born into instead of as individuals is at its core collectivist in nature. If he is what they say he is, he shares that with them.

In any case, it’s actually irrelevant to a reaction to the threat of unprovoked violence against innocent religious believers. What WaPo is doing here is an old propagandist trick—conflating legitimate self-defense with vigilantism and criminal violence. We saw the term used against George Zimmerman (also called a “white Hispanic” to imply racism), we saw it used against Kyle Rittenhouse, and we’ve seen it used against citizens defending their neighborhood against looters after a hurricane.

In the examples the influential paper chose to highlight, the posters were not calling on initiating violence against their political opponents. They were calling on supporters of churches and pregnancy centers to defend themselves against violent attackers with mayhem on their minds.

And WaPo is taking this tack in spite of also reporting:

“One post on a far-left channel called for burning all churches except Black ones. ‘Only Black churches should be left standing. Burn them all,’ one post read.”

“Bring rifles” under these circumstances hardly sounds “extreme.” It sounds prudent. What’s the alternative? What is billionaire Jeff Bezos’ newspaper telling us? Evidently, both sides are equally culpable following the Supreme Court’s decision, and “disinformation and social media manipulation” are creating “a tinderbox situation.”

We’re to believe the “vigilantes” calling for defending churches are overreacting and spreading hateful hysteria.

In the interests of not being gaslighted by the same establishment interests that tell us any doubts about COVID or questioning of the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election are “baseless” and bordering on treason, let’s go straight to “the news.”

“A man who allegedly attacked a police officer with a ‘makeshift flamethrower’ during Friday night’s abortion rights demonstration in downtown Los Angeles has been arrested and is facing possible charges for attempted murder,” KTLA reports.

“Vandals targeted a pro-life center in Lynchburg, Virginia, with threatening graffiti and broken windows following the U.S. Supreme Court voting to overturn Roe. V. Wade on Friday,” Fox News documents. “‘If abortion ain’t safe, you ain’t safe,’ red graffiti states on an entrance area of the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, photos posted by local police show.”

“Rioters in downtown Portland graffiti, smash windows following Supreme Court abortion case: ‘Death to SCOTUS’,” another Fox News headline reads.

“Fire at Colorado pregnancy center being investigated as arson in wake of Roe v. Wade reversal,” KKTV 11 News reports. “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you,” the graffiti spray-painted on the building with an Antifa symbol threatens in a repeat of what is turning out to be a slogan of the left.

A similar threat was made across the country. Per Fox News:

“The Montpelier Police Department released a photo Saturday showing graffiti at the front entrance of the Vermont State House reading: ‘If abortions aren’t safe, you aren’t either’ – the calling card of the pro-choice militant group known as Janes Revenge.”

Have you heard of these freaks?

“The DHS memo specifically identified a far-left ‘network of loosely affiliated suspected violent extremists, known as ‘Jane’s Revenge,”’ that it said was linked to several threats calling for a ‘night of rage’ over the ruling,” the WaPo report that has the nerve to take the “far-right” to task for arming up admitted. “DHS said the group allegedly claimed responsibility for vandalizing a building that houses a Congress member’s campaign office and an antiabortion group, and for at least three arson attacks since May targeting antiabortion organizations in Oregon, New York, and Wisconsin.”

So Fuentes and the Telegram channel weren’t being paranoid after all for advising their followers to arm up?

Adding insult to injury, Live Action News via WND reports on a pregnancy center in New York that was firebombed a few weeks back and “tagged with the message ‘Jane was here,’” and then investigated by the state for not giving up “invasive information”!

In another report, WND notes the Satanic Temple is insisting “TST members should be permitted a religious exception to perform TST’s religious abortion ritual.” Whether drinking fetal blood is considered a “sacrament” was left unsaid, but the development certainly adds a provocative “company they keep” dimension for considering what the opposing sides on the issue are about.

“Historic Catholic church in West Virginia destroyed in suspected arson,” Catholic News Service reports, as if in answer to that consideration. And that leads us to the bipolar contention from the Vatican’s editorial director that being pro-life means being pro-gun control, disregarding the Vatican’s armed-to-the-teeth Swiss Guard and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which in 1994 declared:

“In a world marked by evil and sin, the right of legitimate defense by armed means exists. This right can become a serious duty for those who are responsible for the lives of others, for the common good of the family or of the civil community.”

Speaking of evil and sin, a Reddit statement was recently posted on (and taken down from) Twitter urging urban lefties to make their way to rural areas and make war on Christians. My first reaction was that it was posted as a sick joke, but our government is the authority that instructs us “If you see something, say something.”

Do you think they’ll investigate, or is this provocateur one of theirs (again), setting up the low-hanging fruit so they can come off as heroes in the headlines?

And God help you if you have an American flag or a cross or Catholic statue visible from the road. Yeah, “Bring rifles” sounds about right. Even if The Washington Post wants to portray that as an extremist call for violence…

Speaking of which, if the federal government is prosecuting people for allegedly egging things on at the Capitol, how’s this for a “responsible” headline in today’s agitated political climate from a  major network?

“There’s another War Between the States coming over abortion.”


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Wass

The NRA and some other gun rights organizations missed the opportunity some time ago, to go on the offensive, when media outlets started conflating their membership with criminals. The smear, “The NRA has blood on its hands” (screamed by an anti-gun activist at Wayne LaPierre, at a press conference in response to the horrific Sandy Hook massacre), should have been the trumpet for us to respond in offense: We are decent law-abiding Americans, not criminals”.

Desert Rat

After the riots/occupation started in Seattle and Portland, Antifa/BLM announced they were going to Coeur d’Alene to loot and burn it down. When they arrived at their muster point in a local grocery store parking lot in their shiny new Mercedes vans, they were welcomed by a few of the locals. When the first Antifa maggot stepped out of the van carrying a crowbar, he was greeted by one of the welcoming committee with a slung AR and holstered Glock holding out his hand. The rest of the greeters’ ARs were not slung. The maggot looked around and politely handed… Read more »

KenW

“The radical Christians are fond in the rural areas. Their towns are defenseless…”
They had better bring their own body bags as they might need them. And the Sherrif’s in my aera of FL would tell them that rural FL can defend themselves.

swmft

we dont have A gun out here in central florida, One by each door and shotguns and 22s for pests allover , good guess just for highlands and hardee has to be close to 1,000,00 guns roughly 5 per person

Rowboat

Several million deer are harvested by rural residents every year. These men and women are shooters and have no trouble killing to survive.
My 77 year old wife gets a deer on our rural homestead EVERY year !
We the people are shooters.

Rowboat

Millions of guns and trillions of rounds of hoarded ammo out here in the boondocks.
Let the games begin.

swmft

and some of us have been working on long range so yes I am a long way from my neighbors but can hit a 10″ plate at a mile so yea just try, have an observation platform built it for fires and telescope but can see for miles ( great to track deer and hogs from)

Vinnie

As I recall a bunch of lefty loons tried this in a small Colorado town that hadn’t been “converted”. The residents handed them their asses before they could cause a single problem, and fled with their tails between their legs in literally minutes.

hippybiker

And, when their friends, the rat faced little boys and grubby little girls get their asses blasted when they gleefully try to “Burn, Baby, Burn! They will scream out in so called righteous indignation about the “Gun Toting, Red Neck Mouth Breeders who defend themselves! I5 a bunch of Kabuki Theater!

swmft

it is why we live out away from these nuts ,need to block all the map apps so they get lost and die of exposure. they are not smart enough to use a compass , and there are a lot of dirt roads in any rural area

swmft

plenty of swampy land to direct them to….. crows need to eat too

Skint-Rider

And the possums and gators and worms and bugs…

Rowboat

I have 20 acres , a swamp and a backhoe. I’m 81 and life in prison is no deterrent

Skint-Rider

Roads that lead to nowhere!

Cappy

This idiot doesn’t seem to understand that guns and shooting skills are ubiquitous in rural areas. We all own guns, most of us hunt, and we love our neighbors. It would be a remarkably stupid idea to come to our towns and rural areas with malicious intent. It’s just stupid enough that those liberal morons will try it.

swmft

yea they dont get ,my skills are rusty and eyesight bad but i still shoot rats at 25-30 yards with a 22 woodsman offhand, people are bigger slower targets and I use a 45 on them so bring it on have an excavator for cleanup

Skint-Rider

If I can’t, my neighbors will!

Autsin Miller III

whoever wrote that post is either an outside Provocateur or a seriously stupid person.

swmft

betting on stupid, even the farmers in the low country in the Carolinas have started carrying after the church attack ten years ago , Pentecostal does not make them stupid just far right

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swmft

they incited during the bs in portland so why not now

Rowboat

They may be called ANTIFA, but we, around here call them targets.

swmft

gator bait

Skint-Rider

Bait and food to keep them fat and happy.

MP71

Hog feed

Rebel VA

Turtle chow!