Why is a brand new member of our community working to agitate our citizens into organizing an armed Militia?

A backstory – May 2020 a man moved from Boulder, to Chaffee County. His name is Mark Wolfgang of Shorebreak Security. Aug. 7 he launched Chaffee County Patriots Facebook page.

The About this page reads “a group dedicated to the preservation of our constitutional freedoms and was formed to organize and establish in-person meeting for like-minded patriots that are willing to protect and defend our communities.”

Protect from what?

Protect from who?

The page mostly includes Q&A on conspiracies, pro-Trump rhetoric and Hannah Hannah with guns.

There is malicious content though – like a meme that reads “Congratulations George Floyd on 100 days of sobriety” and posts praising Kyle Rittenhouse as a hero.

Another post reads “A call to arms: Antifa and BLM now promise violent retaliation to anyone who says All Lives Matter” to which a local responds, “I see a few BLM signs in yards and think those people are probably not protected (armed) and thinking police they want to defund will protect them from the same terrorist they support. perfect targets.”

On the page Mark makes comments like “The Leftists underestimate us patriots and the lengths we’re willing to go to protect our homeland. We’ve seen and heard the warning shots. They have no idea what they’re getting themselves into.”

What leftists? What warning shots? As far as I know there is no leftist boogeyman in Chaffee County.

You will not find a Facebook page hosted by Democrats or Liberals where they encourage each other to take up arms against their neighbors.

Sept. 18, Dave Williams, local Republican Party chair, reposted a flyer for a BLM rally hosted by Salida High School students. He said it better not be taxpayer funded.

Other members commented, “This is a rally to promote the burning of cities killing police officers and looting and its sponsored by your tax dollars at a public school-just like the natzies did in the thirty’s.”

The thread grew to over 180 comments, some calling for opposition to wait for the students at Alpine Park, in an act of intimidation. And so they did.

Adults that organized on the Chaffee County Patriots Facebook page were waiting to intimidate our local youth in Alpine park, at the end of their peaceful demonstration in solidarity for equal rights.

I went to the rally too, and you know who wasn’t there? Mark Wolfgang or Dave Williams. After all the dust they’ve kicked up.

So what’s the deal boys? Because it appears you are both working to manufacture a threat within this community from behind your keyboards by pitting neighbors against neighbors. Adults against youth. And radical fear against rational thinking.

I don’t care what box you check on your ballot, you should be concerned that there are men in this county, some freshly arrived, that are working to manufature a threat that simply does not exist in Chaffee County.

Dan Christian

Salida

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