Oath Keepers National issues the following statement as well as call to action from its membership in the wake of the horrific radical Islamist terrorist attack that took place in the early morning hours of Sunday June 12th, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
First and foremost our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and family members of this nation’s most deadly terror attack since 9/11. This senseless attacks against our citizens, and the LGBT community specifically, is proof that ISIS has now brought their hatred for freedom and war against human rights to American soil. This type of attack will not be tolerated nor should it ever be. It has always been the mission of Oath Keepers to defend the constitutional rights of every American and further, to protect our fellow countrymen and women against these types of cowardly acts.
Today we are calling on our membership across the nation to assist law enforcement as well as those members of the LGBT community who may continue to live in fear from the threat of future attacks, as well as any other group or institution that may be targeted by radical Islamic terrorists, such as churches, synagogues, schools, etc. We are offering our organization’s full resources/personnel which includes our many former federal, state, and local law enforcement and military personnel to deploy to Florida or any other area, nationwide, where citizens feel a threat may exist, to both protect Americans and to train them to protect themselves.
We are all Americans and any attack on any American on our soil by groups wishing to infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens is an attack on the Constitution we swore an oath to defend, and those Americans will be protected by Oath Keepers to the utmost extent of our power.
Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this heinous attack.
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The Comprehensive Oath Keepers statement on this attack can be read here:
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.