Is the Militia of Montana Proposing to Donate Ammunition to Local Schools?

A school superintendent is Sanders County is causing an uproar after he proposed to install armed volunteers in the local school – an idea so ludicrous even the NRA has abandoned it.

When new school superintendent Josh Patterson gathered the townspeople together to discuss his plan Sheriff Tom Rummel, who has made headlines for his extremist views and who the Militia of Montana claims is a supporter, offered to train the volunteers himself. He even said he has an anonymous donor who will donate the ammunition for training and use in the school, the Sanders County Ledger reports (Page 1, Page 2.)

Tom Rummel with fake gun at head of family member..uh....wait

Sheriff Tom Rummel, right.

When asked for reasons for the armed volunteers, Josh Patterson and Tom Rummel offered a standard TEA Party cliche “when seconds count, law enforcement are minutes away.” According to one retired teacher who attended the meeting – a proponent of the idea shouted “lets go pistol packin’.”

But even Patterson admits opposition is growing – while he had first claimed that early meetings included only supporters, the opponents now outnumber them nearly 2-1.

What’s more, a committee in the nearby town of Thompson Falls has already declined Sheriff Rummel’s proposal to arm teachers, so why he would propose a more extreme idea in Noxon isn’t clear. Nor is it clear why no one is asking the obvious question – is the anonymous ammunition donor the Militia of Montana? And will members of the militia be among the volunteers?

There are a couple of reasons why this is the obvious question. Tom Rummel made headlines when he urged sheriffs across the country against enforcing federal laws . He went on to write that sheriffs should consider actually blocking federal law enforcement officers from enforcing the law either.

In a 2011 radio interview, Militia of Montana leader John Trochmann says that Sheriffs’ posses are a new face of the militia movement. Trochmann describes the following conversation with Tom Rummel. You can click here to listen to his exact words starting at this portion of the interview when the host asks “what is going on now to give the Militia of Montana hope?”


I was sitting with my sheriff in a meeting–we have a little organization called the Sanders Natural Resource Council–which is going after the forrest service bringing a lawsuit against them right now and it just so happens that our sheriff attended the [Sanders County Resource Council] meeting, and I gave him a MOM calendar–a Militia of Montana calendar. It’s a freedom calendar that we handle. And on the back of it it says our name, and I said Tom, you perhaps only want one because you don’t want to put it up in your office because of the name that’s on the back.

And he looks at the name on the back, and he put his finger over  Montana, and he says I wish it said Militia of Sanders County. So that gave us a little hope. But what he’s trying to put together, and we’re working with him, starting with a number veterans and CCW carriers to be under him as his posse– and that’s the safest way to do it until the sheriff gains some ground here to know how to operate properly. And that’s why we’re [the Militia of Montana] sending him to this informational center. Sheriff Richard Mack is putting it on, and that should give you a clue of how well it will be organized…


Are the sheriffs going to actually go out and arrest those people who are under federal authority blocking the roads saying fine, my county, you’re going to jail–the roads are unblocked? Are they actually going to do that and, if so, somewhere along the road we’re going to have a confrontation.


Absolutely, that’s what its all headed to is a confrontation– better sooner than later.


…What happens next?


Federal agents come in to arrest the sheriff and take him away, charge with at least four felonies, under the federal law. But the sheriff knowing his rights doesn’t have to allow that to happen, and that’s where the posse comes in to defend the sheriff.  He’s got to have people around him.  Our sheriff is looking for at least 300 guys around here. We only have 9 active deputies and they’re not going to do much with all the federal whores that come in.

Presumably the “Tom” that Trochmann is talking about is Tom Rummel because he was the Sheriff at the time of this 2011 interview.

I hope I never get pulled over in Sanders County.


18 Comments on "Is the Militia of Montana Proposing to Donate Ammunition to Local Schools?"

  1. There must be something in the water in Sanders County, and a lot of that water obviously is on the brains of the self-appointed pistol packin’ student protectors and their gunpowder sniffing co-conspirators. I’m tempted to say this reminds me of cracker counties in the south, but the crackers are mostly mean while the Sanderites are mostly delusional (and just possibly more heavily armed).

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | June 3, 2013 12:15 PM at 12:15 PM |

    The education community in Montana is really rather small. So, any of you teachers out there know this Patterson dude? Where the hell is he from? Where has he taught? This is pretty weird stuff. The article says that he is “acting” superintendent. That might tell us something about the guy. Weird, very weird.

    And for the record, although I’m not against arming certain teachers, this is NOT the way to go about it.

    • Patterson is the former principal of Noxon School- was also the high school football coach there. Seems in a little over his head. When teachers oppose his political positions there have been rumors of forced early retirements etc.

      • Richard Miller | June 3, 2013 2:59 PM at 2:59 PM |

        Must have suffered from repeated concussions when coaching…..sounds brain dead to me.

      • I understand he moved to Sanders County from Georgia or Florida to take the principal job. He didn’t meet the minimum qualifications, so the school board paid his time and expenses for two years of education to meet the principal quals. Now they have agreed to do the same so he can get qualified for superintendent. Why do they want him so badly? You can’t tell me there weren’t any qualified applicants.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | June 3, 2013 4:09 PM at 4:09 PM |

          BINGO! That is exactly what I suspected. A transplant from, wait for it, wait for it, THE SOUTH! Perhaps one of Pastord Bulbdim’s flock of flockers?

          Again, let the word go out, Montana is open for bidness, the INBRED bidness! Our state’s reputation proceeds us! We have become a kook magnet for every inbred toothless reetard Teatard OUT there! Deliverance is the new normal! And the banjo the state musical instrument!

          Perhaps we should hire Montana grads??? Just a thought. Do we really need to scrape the outhouses of the inbred south for teachers and coaches out of the Pastord Bulbdim mode???

          • Perhaps we could start recruiting some regular people to come here for once?

            • Come to think of it, I know some damned awesome SOUTHERNERS who are the best fighters of TEA Party crazies I have ever seen.

              • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | June 3, 2013 8:19 PM at 8:19 PM |

                Me too, Mom! Here’s jennifer Oilscum’s first cousin, inbred of course!


                Ah yes, the southerners. I remember them boys from the military. First time they’d ever SEEN a commode was in the military! They was asstounded! They was used to usin’ a couple’a logs put together out back! Yep. The military was high on the hog livin’ for them boys. Three hots and a cot! Couldn’t beat it!

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | June 3, 2013 8:26 PM at 8:26 PM |

                  Here’s Gen. Robert E. Skees kinfolk recreating!

                  • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | June 3, 2013 8:30 PM at 8:30 PM |

                    They have culture too! And I’m not sure, but I THEENK that they promoting gay rights! Or at least they appear to in this video!

  3. Jennifer Davies | June 3, 2013 7:28 PM at 7:28 PM |

    Here’s the kind of guy the Militia of Montana sent Tom Rummel to receive training from.

    From the Southern Poverty Law Center’s profile on Richard Mack;

    Whether he’s speaking to local chapters of the JBS or appearing on far-right radio shows like James Edwards’ white nationalist program “The Political Cesspool,” Mack’s central message is that the federal government has far overstepped its constitutional bounds and that county sheriffs have the rightful authority — and duty — to protect citizens from what he believes are its unlawful incursions. This idea that sheriffs have supremacy over other law enforcement agencies and even the federal government was born and gained traction in the 1970s and 1980s when it was pushed by the explicitly racist, anti-Semitic Posse Comitatus (Latin for “power of the county”), which capitalized on the Midwestern farm crisis of the era to promote an extreme antigovernment ideology. The Posse’s founding tract, the so-called Blue Book written by white supremacist Henry Lamont Beach, asserted the county was “the highest authority of government in our Republic.”

    There is little question that Mack has been an important player in the resurgence of the Patriot movement, which has seen its numbers mushroom from 149 groups in 2008, the year President Obama was elected, to 1,274 by the end of 2011. His ideas, which include a heavy emphasis on state sovereignty, resonate with the armed militias and others in the broader movement, in addition to racist extremists across the radical right who chafe at federal laws protecting minorities from hate crimes and discrimination.

    …He once said he prayed for the day when a sheriff would be the “first one to fire the next shot around the world and arrest a couple of IRS agents.”

    …But some analysts say the ideas he is helping to transmit from the fringes of the radical right into the mainstream of conservative thought are extreme and, perhaps, dangerous.

    “Ever since the notion of the supremacy of the county sheriff became popularized, it has continued to remain attractive — though when people hear it, they don’t understand that what is behind it is violent lawlessness and vigilantism,” said Daniel Levitas, author of The Terrorist Next Door, a book that chronicles the racist underpinnings of the militia movement of the 1990s. “That’s what Richard Mack stands for when you strip all the window dressing away: lawlessness and vigilantism.”

    Mack is from Provo Utah, where he met the hero of our own Derek Skees, the racist author W. Cleon Skousen.

    It was in Provo that Mack met the man who appears to have shaped his ideology more than any other — a fellow Mormon named W. Cleon Skousen.

    Mack became a media sensation overnight. He soon began speaking at militia gatherings and other venues to promote his book, often while wearing his sheriff’s uniform even though he no longer held office.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | June 3, 2013 7:37 PM at 7:37 PM |

    Shit. Wouldn’t’a know it! Thanks, Assman, Sen. Fart Fetisch, and ALL the reetard Teatards in the last Lege! You stoopid bastards just ended up costing us LOTS of money!!

  5. In The Simpsons episode Kill the Alligator and Run, Homer pays Bart with money printed by the “Montana Militia.” When Bart states that it isn’t real, Homer responds threateningly, “It’ll be real soon enough.”

  6. Is this for real?? Sheriff ‘Yosemite Sam’? More like ELMER FUDD and the Teabagger DUDS!

  7. Terrific. Makes me so PROUD, to live here. Sickening.

  8. Its amazing when we start looking at the Pedigrees and pasts of former, and current Tea Party folk in Montana… that they are actually the junkyard dogs even the south didn’t want….so why are we as a state so interested in giving them the time of day here?……just saying!

    Seems to me, the right is really dumpster diving to make a point on just about anything, or promote anyone anymore.

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