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The story circulating today claiming the Oath Keepers are providing security for Planned Parenthood is completely FALSE.

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The Oath Keepers have been made target of an online satirical website. The Conservative Frontline has run a false story about Oath Keepers providing security for Planned Parenthood. It has been run alongside other “humorous” articles such as, “Ku Klux Klan Endorses Ben Carson for President” and “Cosby Accusers May Face Felony Charges for Ingesting Quaaludes.” While this website may not state outright that it is a satirical site with no basis in reality, it takes just a little common sense to realize the articles are completely fabricated, and poorly so. What’s worse is, those responsible for this lackluster publication, in addition having a poor sense of humor, have no issue capitalizing on tragedy and the death of our fellow Americans to the extent that even Snopes has called out Conservative Frontline previously.

I found this callous attempt at humor particularly sickening once I began to think how the true victims of this horrific event, the surviving family members, will have an empty chair at their holiday meals as a constant reminder of their painfully fresh wound.

This CNN story goes over the lives and families of some of the heroes who died saving others during the active shooter incident in Colorado this week.

They include; Iraq War veteran Ke’Arre Stewart had just learned he was having a third child when in Colorado Springs, Colorado, his sister says.

She’s since learned from police and the coroner that her brother, a 29-year-old father of two, fell back on his military training and was able to save lives before Dear (the shooter) allegedly took his.

“I see that he was able to tell everybody to get down … so he was able to save a lot of lives and stop other people from possibly losing their lives,” she said. “I know him. I know that’s what he would have naturally done. And after hearing everything, I’m very proud of my brother. He’s an honorable man.”

Stewart has two daughters, 5 and 11, his sister said. They are living in Texas, where Stewart grew up before joining the Army. He was stationed at Fort Carson, just outside Colorado Springs, in 2013 and was discharged from the Army last year, CNN affiliate KKTV reported.

His daughters meant the world to him, said Amburh Butler, a longtime friend who started a gofundme page to raise money for them after the shooting.

Once, she said, Stewart quit a job because his boss wouldn’t give him time off to attend his daughter’s ballet recital.

“I thought that was amazing. A lot of people wouldn’t do that. … That’s probably the best story I can share about him, how he was as a father,” Butler told CNN’s “AC360.”

Stewart wasn’t the only hero in the deadly attacks that left nine people wounded. It was no surprise to anyone who knew him that Officer Garrett Swasey met his end trying to help people. The 44-year-old University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer rushed to the scene, roughly 10 miles away, to aid his fellow officers who were under fire.

“There was no way any of us could have kept him here,” campus Police Chief Brian McPike said at a Saturday vigil for Swasey. “He was always willing to go. … He had an enthusiasm that was hard to quell.”

That enthusiasm extended to his civilian life. He derived great joy from family and church, where he played guitar and served as an elder, his wife of 17 years said in a statement.

“We will cherish his memory, especially those times he spent tossing the football to his son and snuggling with his daughter on the couch,” Rachel Swasey’s statement said.

Family also meant the world to Jennifer Markovsky. The third victim in Friday’s attack was a Waianae, Hawaii, native who moved to Colorado Springs when the military stationed her husband there, sister-in-law Julia Miller told The Gazette.

Markovsky, 35, enjoyed taking her children, 6 and 10, on hikes and enjoyed baking and arts and crafts, Miller told the paper.

“She lived for her kids,” Miller said.

Please note the previous article originally posted on cnn.com

It is the tragic loss of these people that author, Shane Paulson, decided to attempt to twist into some sort of despicable joke. These were real people, with real families, who died only 4 short days ago. One of the most honorable operations I have been privileged to be a part of was protecting the families of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shootings. This experience showed me, first hand, just a fraction of the damage an active shooter event can have on its surviving community. This is not a subject matter that should be used as fodder for a joke. Yes, the Oath Keepers, have offered protection to different community members across the country, and sometimes to people I may not agree with 100% politically. But, we have always, in my opinion, tried to take the high road and do the honorable thing.

I also find it disconcerting that time and time again people fall prey to the utterly false information that the main stream media and powers that be continue to spew. I have said it before, and I will say it again, if you have any question about the authenticity of a story about the Oath Keepers, please check with our national website www.OathKeepers.org, our official Facebook page, or even our official email newsletter. You can even feel free to email me directly. We will be happy to dispel any misinformation you may have come across. A good rule of thumb is, if it does not fit into our bylaws, or sound like something our national organization might do, then it probably is not true.

It is never an honorable thing to make light of an act like this. Unfortunately, we have already seen another active shooter situation arise so soon, this time in San Bernardino, CA. These situations happen across our nation at an astounding rate followed by the immediate politicization of these tragedies to force a political agenda to not only destroy our second amendment rights, but also to demonize groups that are gaining traction, such as the Oath Keepers. The numbers speak for themselves. We as citizens are much safer protecting ourselves with the right to legally carry the means to defend ourselves. In last years report by the FBI on active shooter incidents, “60.0% of the incidents ended before police arrived.” This means that it is, more often than not, going to lay in the hands of citizen heroes who are willing to step up and fight to survive and protect their fellow Americans.

We will be launching a new initiative shortly that will be working on training our own citizen heroes to better take on the waves of terrorists and active shooters that seem to be already assaulting us at full speed.

 

Jason Van Tatenhove

Jason@oathkeepers.org

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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.

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11 comments

  1. Absolutely deplorable of Conservative Frontline to write such garbage. I was taken in by one of their stories once. Question: Would the Oath Keepers protect Planned Parenthood?

    1. I am also against what PP is doing.

      But it is important to remember that here in America it is our duty to support the natural rights of those we disagree with (not the activities, unless it is protesting, etc), but their natural constitutional rights.

      Thomas Paine, “Dissertation on First Principles of Government”: “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent which will reach to himself.”

      This is my opinion, and I am not speaking for Oathkeepers, but I feel that Oathkeepers is not picking and choosing people, etc to be protected on if they agree with them, but if their constitutional rights are being messed with as with the clerk and the gay marriage thing.

      It is one of the reasons that I stand with them, even if there is something I disagree with them on. They stand for the US Constitution for ALL America, not for a chosen few. It is just one of the things that makes them worth standing with.

      1. Thanks Cal…From all of my experience with the Oath Keepers, I find your view to coincide with my experiences.

  2. It shows the left media has recognized a swelling of patriotism, and those wolves in the media wearing sheep’s clothing.

    Off subject but….It is unconscionable to even suggest that a human life can be destroyed for mere convenience. It is those who promote abortion that should be aborted…late term…say 40 to 50 years late. And for those who actually do the deed, it is pure simply murder. Our constitution stands to protects life. Our moral conviction condemns the murder of innocents, especially those who cannot protect themselves voluntarily. If you think otherwise, your day with your maker will be your moment to explain.

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
    It is our determination to not strike the first blow, but also to not stand mute and allow our loved ones, and all that we believe in and stand for, to be trampled by men who would deprive us of our God-given – or natural, if you will – rights to suit their own ends.

  3. I thought the article was pretty funny. Almost as funny as when the Oath Keepers Facebook page got hacked and was posting nothing but pictures of chicks in yoga pants.

    Don’t tell me about the fake victims families that you supposedly protected. Many are waking up to the fact that these are government active shooter drills and are being sold to the American public as real events. FBI invents 94% of all terrorist attacks.

  4. Question: if the lives of those killed is so important to you, then why NOT pledge to help PP with security?

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