A recent email from Oath Keepers explained the organization’s commitment to Virginians’ Second Amendment rights:
Oath Keepers issued a national call to action and sent in our most experienced national leaders and trainers to Virginia to help organize and train armed sheriff posse and official county militia in each county. And to form up Spartan training groups in each county to train all citizens who are loyal to the Constitution and advise and assist them to establish strong, armed neighborhood watches in each community, as well as strong church security teams. This effort has already begun and will be a long-term mission over the next several weeks and months.
It is NOT just about one day at a rally. It’s about organizing and training up Virginians in each town and county to make their Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties truly strong, united, and capable of actually defending their lives, liberty, and property. Two Virginia counties, and counting, have passed formal resolutions to form official county militia – something we have been advocating for years. It is finally being done. We need to assist in getting them formed up and trained.
Our military and LEO veterans are also doing direct outreach to the VA National Guard and to the VA State Police & other VA LEOs, urging them to refuse unlawful orders that violate the people’s right to keep and bear arms. That will also be an ongoing campaign over weeks and months.
Oath Keepers had a significant presence at the January 20 VCDL Lobby Day rally. We put our current serving and retired LEO members on the ground to help keep people safe and to directly liaison with local and state LEOs to help mitigate or prevent problems. In our experience, when local LEOs know beyond a doubt that brother police officers are present in the crowd at a rally, it changes their behavior for the better. It helps to encourage them to do their job more effectively, when it comes to keeping rally attendees safe from leftist violence. They know that brother officers are on the ground, in the midst of the rally attendees, and will be directly harmed if violent leftists are given free reign via a “hands off” policy or order from politicians. We will be bringing as many of our patriot police officers to Richmond as we can.
Our LEO and military members were also there to provide volunteer escorts for vulnerable rally attendees (such as disabled veterans, elderly, etc) to prevent possible assault by Antifa and other radical leftists, just as we have successfully done at ten Trump Rallies and counting.
And, of course, many of our men will be staying in Virginia after the rally is over to work that organizing and training mission down at the town and county level all over Virginia.