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In wake of College shooting, Oath Keepers to Form College Chapters and Train Students to Fight Back.


Stewart Rhodes and Jason Van Tatenhove

Reporting from Roseburg, Oregon

In the wake of Umpqua Community College shooting, Oath Keepers to form college student groups on college campuses across the U.S. (starting here in Oregon) to teach the students to fight back.  As part of its new S.T.O.P (Students Taking Over Protection) program, Oath Keepers military, police, and first-responder instructors will teach the students to fight back with empty hands, improvised weapons, knives, and firearms, and will teach them effective combat mindset and awareness techniques and strategies so the students can be their own “first-responders” and take out an active shooter.


Just as post 9-11, where people no longer submit and cooperate in their own murders on planes, the obvious answer to school shootings on college and high school campuses is that the students must stop submitting and cooperating in their own murders.   They must fight back, and we will show them how.

Like millions of other young Americans, these college students have been conditioned since grade school to be passive, submissive and “non-violent” – taught that violence is “never the answer” despite reality showing that sometimes violence is the ONLY answer.  So it should be no surprise that the students at Umpqua Community College (with the notable exception of Army veteran Chris Mintz) were passive, submissive, and obeyed the commands of the shooter.  They allowed themselves to be herded into a corner and then complied with his commands to lay down on the floor and obediently remained on the floor until ordered one at a time to stand up where they were asked by the shooter if they were religious or not. If they answered “no” they were shot in the arm or the leg, If they answered “yes” they were shot in the head.   The shooter did this one at a time, one after another, with the students obediently laying on the floor until it was their turn to stand and be shot.  The conditioning was so severe that even when it was made clear that they were all to be shot, they still remained on the floor.

What they should have done was to instantly rush, tackle, and subdue the attacker. Even without training in hand-to hand-combat or gun disarmament they would have put an end to the shooting just by attacking the attacker. This is not a “hardware” problem.  It is a “software” problem.   It is a problem of mindset.   Young Americans have been conditioned to not to fight back even when it is the only option that will save lives and end the violence.

So Oath Keepers is now going to form Oath Keepers Student groups on every U.S. college campus, starting right here in Roseburg, Oregon, at Umpqua Community College, where our local chapter leader, Rob Price, is an alumni and we also have Oath Keeper members that are now currently students.  We will teach them to fight back with their empty hands, with improvised weapons, with less than lethal tools such as pepper spray, com-tech stingers, kubotans, etc. and lethal force tools such as knives and guns. We will provide a full spectrum of training and leave up to them which self defense tool they will use.  But the most important shift will be in their mindset.

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes taught rape prevention and street crime survival for three years as a volunteer instructor for the Jean Nidetch Womens Center at UNLV, teaching students to do exactly what we will be teaching them now across the country, with a focus on combat mindset and need to resist. This includes awareness and mental conditioning so that they can see an attack coming and have a plan for response.

Also assisting in this curriculum will be John Karriman, Oath Keeper Leader from Missouri, who is a current serving police academy defensive tactics instructor and Rick Moon, our Arkansas state chapter president who is a U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran and has also worked for TSA in threat analysis and identification methodologies. In fact, while working for TSA, Rick Moon actually identified and stopped an active shooter at a airport before he could open fire.

John Karriman, in his defensive tactics classes, routinely has the students undergo a realistic active shooter scenario.   One student is given a semiautomatic Simunition handgun, firing paint marker rounds, and plays the role of an active shooter who walks into the room and opens fire while the 10 – 12 other students react.  He teaches the students to react by instantly attacking the attacker, en-mass, and taking him down and disarming him. In all of times that he has run this scenario, no more than two students are shot by the role-playing attacker before they are able to overpower shooter.  Even without training in disarming techniques, any group of people – even unarmed – can overpower an armed attacker just by taking decisive action – by instantly attacking the attacker. This is the most important thing to teach students.  But we will also teach them effective techniques. Each class will include running through this very scenario with a paintball gun or Simunitions pain marker gun.  And each class will also be taught the full spectrum of effective tools of defense, and how to use them.

Once again this is first and foremost a mental “software” issue, not a “hardware issue.” Much as post 9-11 we no longer just submit to an attacker on an airline, but instead attack and subdue them, we must also do the same when it comes to active shooter situations in our schools. We will start in our U.S. colleges with these student groups and then work backwards through our high schools (forming Oath Keepers high school student groups) to undo the conditioning that our kids are being subjected to, which makes them passive victims in the face of violence.

Remember, this passive victim conditioning makes them submissive not just to private violence, abuse, and oppression, but also to government violence, abuse,  and oppression.   And we believe this is the big-picture goal of such social conditioning – a nation of passive, submissive, and obedient serfs. Those of us who are police, military and first-responder veterans understand the need for the warrior mindset of decisive action, and we need to pass it on.  It is our duty to teach our young people to defend themselves and each other.  This effective answer does not rely on politicians, but will be done by the people themselves, and we will lead the way.

Below is a video of an interview with Red List News Where Stewart Rhodes and Jason Van Tatenhove discuss this program and the details around it with hosts Dave Hodges and Jim White.


Read the Article from RedList News Here.


Oath Keepers National will be publishing a full curriculum and training videos that our local and state chapters can use to institute this program on campuses. Please check back to the website for upcoming details. We will also be setting up a donation fund to help support this initiative.


Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.


  1. “It is a problem of mindset. Young Americans have been conditioned to not to fight back even when it is the only option that will save lives and end the violence.”

    If that isn’t the honest truth, I don’t know what is. Most on the Left would rather go out on their knees than put up a fight.

  2. Great Idea and I’m sure that under normal circumstances it would be well received, however, I can guarantee there will be resistance from the progressive left regardless of how great and how well prepared the instruction is presented. The current President, his Administration, the Justice Dept., CAIR, SPLC and who knows how many other bogus outfits will crawl out of the woodwork and do everything possible to discredit the suggested instruction and Oath Keepers. Sometimes we forget that “we” (Americans, Vets, Patriots, Christians & Constitutional supporters) are considered to be “domestic terrorists and a threat to National Security. Consequently, they put a stumbling block at every corner. I would love to see this plan work out not only for the purpose intended, but to generate the interest of fine quality young men and women that would be exposed to our instruction as possible future Oath Keepers. I am convinced that “we” are, and will continue to be, instrumental in the security and maintenance of this Sovereign Constitutional Republic. We must stay connected…….collectively, we can not be defeated or discouraged. God Bless America.

    1. “The current President, his Administration, the Justice Dept., CAIR, SPLC and who knows how many other bogus outfits …”

      True, but never forget that to be a true US president one must meet ALL three of the conditions, which was not done. Also one must be LAWFULLY elected as a candidate and meet the requirements of becoming a presidential candidate. Obama did none of the above so is just impersonating a US President, and NOTHING he and his treasonous administration does is lawful here under the US Constitution.

      Never forget that the 2008 Democratic Nominating Committee (DNC) document did NOT include the normal language found on those documents stating that Obama was qualified to be a candidate. Yet the 2008 Republican Nominating Committee (RNC) document did, as is normal. This shows that the DNC knew that Obama was not qualified, or why change the form?

      But make no mistake that the RNC is clean of treasonous activities from the top down, as they also commit Election Fraud and place people in position instead of being LAWFULLY elected to run.

      South Bend, Indiana JURY of the people found that Election Fraud put BOTH Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.

      He is not, nor can ever be a lawfully elected US President. But then neither can H. Clinton.

      This is a great idea, and one of the most promising for America and the US Constitution. As such, expect much resistance from the treasonous scum serving within our government and those traitors to our nation working to bring her down.

      One day we will get to the courts, and actual charges being brought, prosecutions and I hope I live to see that day. It is why I fight, to see our US Constitution and all that is in Pursuance thereof it being enforced as the supreme LAW of our nation that it is.

  3. I’d love to see this brought to the college I graduated from, Oregon Institute of Technology. After the incident in Roseburg they actually emailed the student body with very much the same mentality, and mentioned having on-campus instruction in the near future to back up their statements and the video links.

  4. This is awesome! As a veteran of both the United States Army and the United States Marines, I am interested in helping out at the local level. How can we get started? How should we approach college students and staff and public safety officials in our area?

  5. You’re still buying the zionist lying media’s propaganda delivered for the sleeple so they’ll BEG for gun confiscation? The latest hoax in Oregon has footage that’s SUPPOSED to be from the “shooting” there with a damned sandy hoax sign and other footage from there. Seriously folks, it’s way past time to call these filth for what they are. You’re running around putting out brush fires where there are none. You know the Gulf of Tonkin was a false flag to get us into an undeclared war in Viet Nam, right? That’s all it’s pretty much been been since.

    The whole story about the destruction of the twin towers was an utter lie–in that sense it was a false flag. Obviously, many lost their lives there. There were no children killed or adults even, at Sandy Hoax. Please, stop believing these lies; it’s all propaganda. You DO know that it was recently made “legal” for the government to lie to the people, right?

    1. Mine seems to have been lost somewhere between my hitting ‘Post’ and the moderator approving it as well.

  6. For the first time in quite a while, I agree with a new initiative from Oath Keepers national. This fits right in with the educational mission of the organization.

  7. Excellent! I commend all who participate in this instruction! It’s about time we fight back against this insanity.

  8. Can I get any detail information about that class Stewart mentioned. Was it giving one person in a “crowd” a fake gun and let everybody else swarm him…count how many people would have been shot? A video of that class would be great. Besides trying to do the education in my nearby colleges, the video could be put on YouTube for all the kids to see…without the need for permission of college administrators, etc. In any case, please let me know how I can find out about the content of these classes Stewart referenced. Thank you

  9. In the study of Humane Factors, one learns there are various forms and stages of panic and fear. The Umpqua Community College shooting is unfortunately an example of sheep being slaughtered. Disaster Syndrome takes over. There is a wanting and waiting for a leader to take command of the situation on their behalf. In this case, one man bum rushed the shooter, but was shot numerous times. To avoid being the victim, you simply have to physically maim the shooter, ending their ability to shoot, inflicting head trauma. Slapping the ears, caving in the nose, or throat, gouging eyes out, etc. all the things bare hands are capable of. Being compliant is going to end bad. Shooters don’t expect to be confronted by any means, especially a no gun zone.

    Bravo for OK to offer some REAL survival teaching.


  10. It’s a great initiative for the real events that do happen, but the black ops (evil bastards) will continue to create havoc in the name of gun confiscation and brainwash everyone about the bogus terrorists hiding behind every tree. WE ARE AT WAR, a psychological war with those that are deliberately taking-down America. And they don’t wear Muslim head pieces (in public) but sit around large tables smoking cigars and drinking scotch. THEY create false flag events that kill thousands and THEY don’t care.

    Roseburg was real…..but was the killer? Was he selected for this mission? Was Sheriff Hanlin the target for his comments about Sandy Hook being a False Flag?

    Is it just a coincidence, or was the shooter taking the Sheriff’s concerns about Sandy Hook into his plans to make an example of the sheriff? I doubt it and I would bet there isn’t even a mention of that in anything the scumbag shooter wrote.

    THEY have no problem killing children in the name of gun safety. If that’s not true, then Sandy Hook would have happened……but then again, it didn’t happen ! We will never know, because a mass amount of details (under FOIA requests) are not being released about the school being condemned before the alleged shooting (not occupied), and other odd events, including the same exact picture of a child killed at Sandy Hook, gets killed again in an American school shooting in Pakistan. How about the laughing father that immediately went into the tear mode when told he was about to go LIVE.

    The whole thing was about as stupid as when the BBC was told to report the Solomon Brothers building 7 fell to the ground, the building that was not hit by a plane, but crashed in its own footprint more than 100 feet in less than 7 seconds. The reporter, Jane Stanly reports the building had weakened from debris and fires and collapsed….BUT THE BUILDING IS STILL STANDING BEHIND HER. It didn’t fall until 20 minutes later when the Lease/Owner (videotaped) tells someone on the phone to “Pull it !”

    A demolition term…

    Over 3,000 Americans/foreigners murdered by a handful of conspirators that run our government and take orders from other governments in the Middle East.

    YES…..train away and get these students on our side to fight an enemy that is a “Clear and Present Danger.”

  11. Its about time someone stood up and did the right thing. The sensible thing. The only thing that will have any positive affect.
    It is no surprise that It is oathkeepers….
    I would like to commend all those involved in this decision for a job DAMNED WELL DONE…!!!
    Lets keep this train rolling.

  12. Once again, OK leaders do stuff totally outside the mission statement. This is an organization out of control.

    1. BenRound, how is this outside the mission. Defense of the Constitution has to include defense of yourself. I think you statement is very much out of line.

  13. I was listening to a radio talk show this morning and they were taking calls concerning the greatest fears of college students and soon to be high school graduates preparing for college. Most of the callers were afraid of pursuing their degrees in fear of being gunned down in class. Now, if this is not a setup by the media for more gun control or even the complete removal of guns, then we are blind. It is amazing the weakness in the youth of America who believe everything the media says and will not research issues for themselves.
    This is a great program and I fully support it. I hope we can get through to all students, and let them realize, they have a right to defend themselves and protect others from lawlessness. They just need to hear it and live by it.

  14. Having the students take ownership of the concepts and principles of personal safety while educating them about their rich history and their rights and responsibilities as citizens of this salvageable nation is truly a worthy cause. Between the propaganda dished out in the classroom and over the airwaves, it’s small wonder they’ve temporarily lost their way, their true identities and abilities. If the students come away with at least a better awareness of their surroundings and respect for themselves; the project will be a success. I’m hoping everyone will get on board, from the various campus’s administrators (who should see the need for such training), to the various members and valued supporters. FtR

  15. Is there any follow up that can be posted on these actions that Ok proposes? There is always the initial story, then the dangling chad.


  16. Can this curriculum be distributed to individual chapters? Not all state identified leadership moves with a sense of urgency and couldn’t organize their way out of a wet paper bag. A lot of posers and armchair position holders out there.

  17. With the stabbing today this would have been helpful. We need the National leadership to get this moving NOW and turn the tide.

  18. Given the ISIS list of city’s they will attack (Orland Park, IL being one), has any thought been given to offering training sessions to small community groups? How is the College class (above) going? Maybe this could be a fund raising, member raising, and citizen educating win/win opportunity? I know local people willing to volunteer to help?

    Let me know if anything is moving along in this area.

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