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Oath Keepers Molon Labe Pledge (Archived from January 2013)

Oath Keepers Molon Labe Pledge (Archived from January 2013)

[NOTE:   This is the pledge we published in January, 2013, in response to leftist calls for more infringement on the right to keep and bear arms after the Sandy Hook shooting.   This pledge somehow did not survive a site update, so I am reposting it here, as part of our org history, that is once again very relevant, with Marxist-minded leftist politicians in Oregon and California now engaging in a full-on assault on the rights of the people.   Our mindset on such assaults has not changed, as should be no surprise.   So, our response today is the same as it was in 2013 – Molon Labe!  – Stewart Rhodes]


We will never disarm.   We will never surrender our military pattern, semi-automatic rifles and the full capacity magazines, parts, and ammunition that go with them.  The fundamental purpose of the Second Amendment is to preserve the military power of We the People so we will have effective means to resist tyranny. Regardless of what unholy, unconstitutional filth issues from the mouths of oath breakers in “Mordor on the Potomac” [or in state office] our answer is MOLON LABE.

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force: Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”- Patrick Henry

We will not allow our children to be disarmed.  We will pass on those military pattern rifles, magazines, and ammunition to our children and our children’s children.

“Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American… [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” – Founding Father Tench Coxe, 1788

We will die in battle before we give up our arms and leave our children in slavery.

We will not register ourselves or our arms.

Registration is the prerequisite to confiscation, which is the prerequisite to dictatorship and extermination.  We will NOT be photographed, finger-printed, tracked, and subjected to psych-evaluations like convicted sex-offenders just for owning semi-automatic rifles.  Doing so is itself an act of surrender and submission, taking the mark of the slave (it is akin to taking the mark of the Beast).

We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people or compel registration

The attempt to disarm the people on April 19, 1775 was the spark of open conflict in the American Revolution.  It was an act of war, and our forefathers fought back in justified, righteous self-defense of their natural rights.  Any such order today would also be an act of war against the American people, and thus an act of treason.  Those of us who are still current serving will not enforce any attempt to register either gun owners or guns, or to ban the sale, possession, or transfer of any semi-automatic rifles, handguns, or full capacity ammunition magazines, which are precisely the kinds of weapons the American people need to defend their lives and liberty.

We will interpose ourselves between the people and the oath breakers and traitors who try to disarm them.

We will step in between the people in our communities and any oath breaker who attempts to carry out such orders, regardless of their title, their office, their uniform, or who sent them.  When they step outside the law – outside the Constitution – they are no better than violent street criminals and we will protect the people from them.

We will keep the oaths we swore to almighty God to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  That oath does not expire until we do.  American patriots, Oath Keepers, what say you?   Will you pledge the same?

Oath Keepers


Oath Keepers Molon Labe Pledge (Archived from January 2013)


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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