Having already created a national political environment fueled by racism, FAIR is now asking that armed quasi-governmental paramilitary organizations be added to the mix. Barely a week before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Oklahoma City federal building, FAIR’s legal front group, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), produced a paper justifying the creation of what it calls “well regulated militias.”
In language reminiscent of the Fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the papers state that the real purpose of the 2nd Amendment is for the State “to set forth a system where men would train together in the Art of War and an espirit de corps would flourish.” Mussolini once stated that, “It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.”
Authored by IRLI staff attorney Patrick J. Charles, The Constitutional Significance of a ‘Well-Regulated Militia’ Asserted and Proven with Commentary on the Future of Second Amendment Jurisprudence directly attacks guns rights advocates, particularly hunters, for their belief that the 2nd Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms.
Mocking the arguments of traditional gun rights organizations Charles writes, “how the individual exercise of arms for self-defense and hunting creates common virtù and an espirit de corps is difficult to ascertain.” Indeed IRLI argues in the paper that for ordinary citizens “. . . allegiance to government and the laws has always been the key to arms bearing” and being part of a [well-regulated militia] is a principal badge of citizenship.
And in case one is wondering who gets to be a “citizen” Charles goes out of his way to remind readers that “. . . it is a historical fact that the majority of late eighteenth century militias consisted of all white male freeholders between the ages of sixteen and forty-five years of age.” The racist Christian Patriot movement of the 1990s that gave birth to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh used a similar definition of citizens. The militia groups that arose under Christian Patriotism and its acts of intimidation and threats of violence had a chilling effect on democracy in communities throughout the country.
IRLI is no stranger to treading on civil and individual liberties. A decade before writing Arizona’s new unconstitutional racial profiling law SB-1070, IRLI’s lead counsel Kris Kobach, a Professor at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law (UMKC), was a senior official at the Department of Justice during the passage of the Patriot Act.
In light of its recent role in Arizona, the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) recently published paper calling for the creation of armed paramilitary groups is a warning that the group’s intentions go far beyond just attacking immigrants, and that they seek to undermine America’s multiracial democracy. The leadership of FAIR is holding up the Constitution with one hand while crushing it with the other.