A group of Arizona-based antifa have formed an armed militia to “stand against capitalism,” and “white supremacy.”
Late last month, the group released an unintentionally comical video showcasing their “training day.”
“John Brown Gun Club is a branch of Redneck Revolt, a national network working to stem the tide of reactionary recruitment within white working class communities, fight white supremacy, & build liberatory community defense,” the description on the video reads.
In the footage, the corny leftists shoot targets featuring Pepe, the cartoon frog meme, dressed as a Nazi.
In February, the group held a blockade outside an ICE center in Phoenix in an attempt to prevent ,Guadalupe García de Rayos, an illegal immigrant, from being transported and deported.
The group’s antics were unsuccessful, and the woman was deported for using a fake social security number.
Blockade of ICE central Phoenix
Posted by Phoenix John Brown Gun Club on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The Phoenix John Brown Gun Club has previously formed a coalition with the Arizona Brown Berets to open carry at a pro-Donald Trump rally last year.
“We must defend these targeted communities at all costs. We will not merely watch as our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and families are stolen from us, murdered, deported, arrested without cause, disappeared, and brutalized. We have far more in common with a migrant or refugee or black co-worker than we ever will with a billionaire politician, and we will fight like hell to protect them,” the militia said in a statement following the event in March.
The Brown Berets are an organization founded on the ideals of Chicano Nationalism, according to their own description on their Facebook page.
Following antifa being humiliated during their petulant riots in Berkeley, California, members of an anarchism sub-Reddit began calling for their comrades to take up arms, citing the John Brown Gun Club as inspiration.
“Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training. I know getting firearms in states and cities we have a presence in is usually a hassle, but even handguns would help. It would certainly put a psychological element in while holding fash back. Who do you think a fascist is more afraid of? People with only flags and bats, or people with flags, bats, and guns?” Reddit-user The_Great_Cornlord wrote.
BABY: CNN’s Brian Stelter Becomes Early Adapter of New Twitter ‘Disable Replies’ Feature
The mainstream media operative doesn’t want feedback.
CNN presenter Brian Stelter has become a quick adopter of a new Twitter feature that enables users to shut down replies to their tweets, essentially cutting off any potential for negative feedback and allowing unpopular verified journalists to propagate their own echo chambers.
The feature was implemented on Thursday by Twitter, and was roundly criticized by many of the platform’s users as a betrayal of the free-speech and democratic ideals the website originally stood for. The feature essentially allows verified and artificially promoted mainstream media personalities to escape criticism for dishonest reporting, lies, and political bias.
Stelter utilized the feature in a tweet about business challenges to the model of traditional print and local media. It would’ve gone without saying that his narrative would’ve been challenged by many Twitter users keen to point out that the erosion of traditional print media has coincided with rampant left-wing and institutional bias within the industry.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 21, 2020
Replies to the tweet are disabled, but many users found a way to ensure that Stelter’s lightweight media proclivities were responded to in kind by those who are critical of cable mainstream media. Users who Stelter follows are able to reply to the tweet, and some who he deems acceptable within his own echo chamber were keen to call him out.
Is this the kind of "news" that needs to be saved? This looks like state TV to me. (P.S. why do you have the comments restricted? Can't take criticism?)https://t.co/LyzHr811jh
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) May 21, 2020
It’s almost certain that CNN hacks such as Stelter will continue to use the anti-democratic and elitist feature, hoping to shield themselves from accusations of dishonesty.
We’ve entered a new dark age of the internet where the original late 1990’s principles of free expression, intellectual curiosity, and open dialogue are being eroded by political and media elites terrified that their neoliberal vision for society is quickly becoming discredited. The ‘disable replies’ feature on Twitter is merely the latest indicator of such a phenomenon, but self-proclaimed ‘objective journalists’ such as Stelter might not prove as able to shut down criticism of themselves as they might hope.
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