I think the federal government in large part, along with the mainstream media, wants to disarm the American people because they want them dependent on the government for protection, and they are also afraid eventually we will come together and rise up against them so they want to control us. They want to make us like people are in other 3rd-world countries where there is the ruling linta, the military beneath them and the police, and then there are all the peasants. That is their goal for the American people as well.
They fear a people who are armed and independent and can provide for their own security and who might also be able to resist their oppression. — Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers