At a Tea Party “Self Reliance Rally” in Idaho, organized by the Oath Keepers, Washington State Rep. Matt Shea (R) reportedly warned survivalist attendees to stockpile ammo, practice shooting, and learn defense tactics to prepare for a massive economic collapse.
We need to prepare for the inevitable collapse that is going to happen. You know it’s going to happen. That’s right, I am a politician and I am standing up here and saying that. … When it happens, we need to look at this as a opportunity, not a crisis. Who’s job is liberty? That’s our job.
Shea proposed a bill last February to ban the U.S. dollar, headed one of his state’s anti-marriage equality organizations, and has claimed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency operates concentration camps in the U.S.
According to the Spokane Spokesman Review, he was cited for two violations of Washington’s firearms law after he “pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist last November in what police reports describe as a road rage incident.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the Oath Keepers, a group that encourages military and public safety officials to refuse to obey any order they deem unconstitutional, as part of a new wave of militias.