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Photographer Brian Blanco gained rare access to a group of survivalists in Florida led by Jim Foster, 57, a retired police officer. The North Florida Survival Group trains children and adults alike to handle weapons and survive in the wild. The group passionately supports the right of U.S. citizens to bear arms and its website states that it aims to teach "patriots to survive in order to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemy threats". Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, the group are getting increased interest from people looking to sign up. Foster says he now gets about one person signing up per day. Read Brian's personal account here. 20 PHOTOS

The moment the beer and groceries run out on these “bears” they are going to be so unhappy and uncomfortable they won’t want to “survive” and maybe – no one around them will want them to, either.

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I find this overwhelmingly depressing. From whom are they really protecting themselves? Who would take away their guns? Our soldiers? Don’t these people worship our military? And now they fear they’ll turn on them? There is no logic here that I can find, only hatred and loneliness.

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Who are these enemy threats that they need to protect themselves from? I wonder how many minorities are part of these groups?

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They sure look like a threat to me.

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I wonder how long they’d last if they went up against the Crips or Bloods?

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I mean isn’t this exactly like showing Al-Qaeda on CNN with their black uniforms and their 12 year olds with AK-47′s?? So now we show the exact same level of … what? Our intellect? Our humanity? These pictures will be shown by their media to justify training their 12 year olds. Please start DNA manipulation immediately. It may be the only way to save humanity from itself.

Posted by tmc | Report as abusive
 

“trains… to handle weapons and survive in the wild.” This will only work until you no longer recognize the features of the wild

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“trains… to handle weapons and survive in the wild.” This will only work until you no longer recognize the features of the wild

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“trains… to handle weapons and survive in the wild.” This will only work until you no longer recognize the features of the wild

Posted by auger | Report as abusive
 

Wow, child soldiers in America.

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Picture #7 – If this tub o’lard is the guy protecting our liberties, we’re screwed. Pic #6 – Why is it these guys never seem to care about any of the other Amendments, just the 2nd? Why don’t I ever see a gun-toting redneck with a shirt that says “Defend the 13th Amendment”?

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What, exactly, do the Obama-supporting poofters think “fundamental change” means?

You think it means everything is going to be free now?

What it means is that Mother Earth is in danger because there are too many human beings, and we need to kill off five or six billion of them so that the ruling class can live in the Walden paradise they deserve.

So what do you think? Does the ruling class include you in those deserving of living in that Walden paradise.

The entire world economy, by design, is going to implode very, very soon.

But go ahead and use those free condoms. That’s the important thing.

Posted by JoeThePumpernel | Report as abusive
 

The Lord God Almighty said, says, and reminds humans “learn war no more”, He Is The Same God that ignited the sun, brings rain and food, even to His Enemies. Whoever these humans have for their ‘god’ it is not the Same Lord, this is important to remember when you call on one. When Americans say, why does God allow things..they are only using a word, ,nothing to do with The Almighty. Call on your own gods, and, when they don’t answer, blame them.

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