A former Marine leading activists trying to reopen North Carolina says they are willing to take up arms and kill people to end the coronavirus lockdown, according to reports.
“Are we willing to kill people? Are we willing to lay our lives down? We have to say yes,” Adam Smith said in a Facebook Live video shared Sunday by ReOpenNC, a group founded by his wife.
Smith called lockdown orders a “test” to see if Americans are “ready to accept this New World Order system they want to implement over humanity,” according to WFAE radio.
“We’re taking up arms. It’s time for us to fight against this … at the end of the day, the only thing that’s going to secure our freedom is our willingness to step up and fight,” he said.
“I’m going to say: If you bring force — we’re going to bring force. If you bring guns, we’re going to bring guns. If you’re armed with this, we’ll be armed with this,” he warned, according to WFAE.
Smith, of Morganton, initially deleted the video when it was highlighted by Raw Story — but his wife shared it to her ReOpenNC group’s Facebook page Sunday.
“Maybe you agree with him and maybe you don’t, but we have nothing to hide,” Ashley Smith wrote along with the video in the now-private group, according to the News & Observer.
“This group is built on the Constitution and that includes free speech and the Second Amendment. He is simply stating to protect his family and our freedom, he is willing to take up arms like our forefathers did.”
As an ex-Marine, he remains “willing to die for all of you” as he was when he was in the service, his wife said.
Adam Smith was present with armed Blue Igloo demonstrators in Raleigh on May 16, the paper said, noting the name is a play on “Boogaloo,” which the Anti-Defamation League calls slang for a coming civil war.
He later defended his comments when reached by Raw Story.
“I’m trying to make the men of this country stand up,” the former serviceman said. “The last thing we want is bloodshed, but that’s something they should know we’re willing to do.”
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Saying he wanted to “instill fear in the government,” Smith said, “We know that freedom from time to time has to be renewed by the blood of tyrants.
“We were founded through rebellion and bloodshed.”
The News & Observer said it contacted numerous police departments, none of whom commented on the video.