We have all heard stories of the Minuteman during the Revolutionary War; the everyday normal men who stood prepared, at a moment’s notice, to respond to advances by the Redcoats. In today’s troubled times, and in the future to come, many people will feel the need for good men and women willing to step up and lead when times get tough. That is the purpose of the ShieldWall Network.
Some involve themselves in one of the various formal or informal militia movements throughout America. Some join their local or County police departments, or the National Guard or Reserves. Others join TEA Parties, CERT teams, HAM radio clubs, or volunteer at their local fire departments. As an armed citizen, we often feel responsible for safeguarding the well-being of others.
I would like to take a moment to define the modern Minuteman.
The modern-day Minuteman should possess all the aspects of an armed citizen, but needs to be so much more than just an armed first responder. A Minuteman must find a way to contribute back to society.
I strongly recommend gaining a background in first aid and CPR as a starting point. People get injured going about their normal lives every day, and having not just the ability but the means to assist others is the first step towards helping others. If you carry a gun or knife for defensive purposes, you should at least keep some basic first aid supplies with you in your vehicle, or know how to use items around you to administer first aid.
Find a way to get involved. The CERT program, which stands for Community Emergency Response Team is a good starting point. Your County Sheriff’s department can tell you if there is a program in your area.
The CERT program introduces civilians to the concepts of preparedness, basic firefighting, disaster medical operations and light search and rescue procedures. In the event of a natural disaster, the role of a CERT team is to supplement the resources of professional first responders. The CERT course culminates in a disaster simulation that puts the prospective CERT teams to the test, suppressing fires, searching a disaster area for casualties, setting up a triage and base of operations, and ultimately coordinating with professional first responders who respond to the scene a few hours later.
If a CERT program isn’t located near you, or simply isn’t your cup of tea, volunteer with your local fire or Sheriff’s department, get involved with your church’s food pantry, or find another charity to spend a few hours a month with. The Cover Our People With Love pro-White charity donates handmade blankets, quilts, clothing, and food to the needy in local communities. Get your children involved with 4H: unlike Boy and Girl Scouts, it hasn’t been perverted. Many County 4H programs have shooting sports clubs where your children can receive firearms training, along with the free use of guns and ammunition. You can network with a lot of our kind of people by volunteering in those programs, too.
Consider getting your HAM license, or training as an official weather spotter. The bottom line is find a way to become a person of influence in your community.
Aside from getting involved, never stop learning. Study history, particularly American history. To ensure you are fully aware of the implications of the history of Minutemen, study our Revolutionary War, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Understand what it was that our Founding Fathers fought for, particularly in regard to the Naturalization Act of 1790.
Learn some basic woodsman skills, particularly the use of map and compass and fire starting. Celebrate America’s tradition of riflemen by attending some Project Appleseed training. Pass on our heritage to the next generation so we don’t forget what it means to be an American. Ensure you have some basic preparations for emergencies in your home.
As the saying goes, no man is an island. In today’s troubled times, find a way to put your niche of talents and interests into service to your community through the Shield Wall Network. After all, White community and solidarity is the key to enduring whatever troubles face us.
Remember, we’re all in this together,