NPR: Georgia Trump supporter considers joining militia

For many NPR listeners, the revelation by Lawrenceville auto mechanic Jimmy Arno was a shocker.

It came near the end of a 6-minute interview with “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep in a segment on voting sentiment in toss-up states called “Divided States.” Arno, a supporter of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, bemoaned the state of society and said he feared for the future.

“I want grandchildren, but the way this country is now, I don’t want to do that to these children,” he said. “If you go to a movie theater you are liable to get shot, if you go a mall you are liable to get shot. … If you go to Atlanta or a major city you are liable to get shot or attacked.”

Arno’s family made the news earlier this year when a 30-year-old woman dressed in conservative Muslim garb grabbed an American flag from their front yard and assaulted them. The motive for the attack was unclear, although some reports suggested the attackers mental health may have been an issue.

NOVEMBER 15, 2015 STONE MOUNTAIN Members of the Georgia Security Force III% militia strap up with their weapons as pro-Confederate flag supporters protest at Stone Mountain, Saturday, November 14, 2015, after a proposal was made to place a monument on top of it dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. At noon about 50 protesters and no counter-protesters had arrived. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

A Trump supporter from Lawrencevilled told NPR this week he was considering joining a militia to prepare for a possible war should Hillary Clinton be elected. In Georgia, militia groups have been active over the past year. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

What Arno said next may have caught some off guard. He said he was considering joining a local militia group.

“Should martial law, civil war, whatever, break out in this country, they will uphold the Constitution and rebuild our laws,” Arno said.

Inskeep pressed: What war?

“The war that’s going to break out when Hillary Clinton is elected, if that happens,” he said.  “Your patriots are going to overthrow the government.”

You can hear the full interview here.

Militia groups — particularly those who identify with the so-called “three percenter” movement — have been making news in Georgia over the past year. A group calling itself Georgia Security Force III%, lead by former Marine Chris Hill, were the camouflaged and heavily armed security for a series of pro-Confederate flag protests at Stone Mountain.

Those protests were in reaction to called to remove Confederate symbols from public spaces after a self-described white supremacist alleged killed nine people in a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston.

More recently, Georgia Security Force members staged protests against a proposed mosque in Newton County. For more on the extremist element aligned against the proposed mosque, click here. 

In 2015, the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based non-profit that monitors extremist groups, identified nearly 1,000 “anti-government” groups in the nation, 22 of which are based in Georgia.

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Mike Williams
Mike Williams

Every God-fearing Georgia citizen should join up. Send these communist muzzies packin!

Manny Williams
Manny Williams

Then they go home playing call of duty and battlefield on Xbox and PlayStation

Ken Shigley Sr.
Ken Shigley Sr.

They can take their bass boats and launch an invasion of China.

Liz Bracey
Liz Bracey

None of them look like they could walk a flight of steps without being out of breath.

Morgan Padgett
Morgan Padgett

Have you ever seen a cop? They move pretty good. Dont judge..

Maryann Forbus
Maryann Forbus

AJC way to try and make Georgians look bat crazy. You are a disgrace.

Melissa Marino
Melissa Marino

He said this on NATIONAL Public Radio. He made himself and his wife look crazy and treasonous.

Inoa Inoa
Inoa Inoa

Cowards always hiding behind their guns and using the 2nd Amendment as their back up to justify how scared they are

Bill Onesty
Bill Onesty

Other cowards hide behind fake Facebook names.

Inoa Inoa
Inoa Inoa

Bill Onesty You're from Virginia. Your ignorance is imbedded in your DNA. You can't help to be dumb

Baron Wallis
Baron Wallis

So which is it? The left claims people only have a right to own guns if they join the militia. Then, it freaks out and claims either terrorism or treason (both) when people do exactly that. Pick a lane.

Jackie Stokes
Jackie Stokes

Ok. So you're saying we need militias to uphold the constitution because the US government cannot uphold it's own constitution? Just a lot of conspiracy theorist crap.

Idan Orlando
Idan Orlando

Military not militia . There's a difference .

Baron Wallis
Baron Wallis

No, I'm talking about the militia. They read the 2nd amendment, argue against the Heller decision and the individual's right to own and bare arms, interjecting their own interpretation that infers it's only allowed if the individual is part of a militia, and then try to have it the other way when people actually join one by saying those people are crazy and can't be trusted with a weapon. I've seen it time and time again.

Melissa Marino
Melissa Marino

Mr. Walls, are you saying you support the circumvention of a valid election?

William S. Hardman
William S. Hardman

As long as he does not have to do PT or march with a heavy pack or have any chance of actually getting shot at

Oa Brown
Oa Brown

Joining militia? The national guard? If he means some sort of privately funded militia, I highly doubt any constitutuion WE KNOW of will be upheld.

Bernie Joe
Bernie Joe

It's all for a show. One single hell fire can end their party in a hurry.

Debra Fish
Debra Fish

We already have a treasonous government and press.

Mailey McLaughlin
Mailey McLaughlin

Also, if Hillary wins, will you spontaneously combust? Or will you be able to cope?

Mailey McLaughlin
Mailey McLaughlin

What's it like to be you? Always angry about the gubmint, always worried that it's out to get you? Do you live in this state of mind all the time? Or is it just an online troll persona? For what it's worth, I believe in healthy skepticism, but, geez.

Toni Howell Pentecouteau
Toni Howell Pentecouteau

Oh sweet Jeezus- we are only being invaded by our own country's men and women who have more guns and bullets than brains ... What are these people drinking

Ashley Edwards
Ashley Edwards

The National Guard is a militia, that I am proud to be a part of....

Kelvin King
Kelvin King

Well...I'm glad he doesn't have kids nor grandkids. Can we keep it that way. And all the best to those fat morons taking on tanks and drones...oh...not to mention real soldiers with proper training.

Jane Burlinson
Jane Burlinson

Treason if he joins a militia advocating another kind of government than the one we have!

Thomas Parks
Thomas Parks

Same old coots tried and convicted in Na Ga...tune changed when convicted.....like I said cried,boo hooed saying they were just old foogies talking shzz.....10/15 years to think about it

Anastasia B Verhausen
Anastasia B Verhausen

These people are not patriots they are delusional. And they will rise up and take over just like they did when Obama won the election. Oh wait that never happened.

Tony Starks
Tony Starks

Homer Simpson dressed as G.I. Joe lol.

Jamie White
Jamie White

Well they were afraid to join the military.

Alicia Fincher Chen
Alicia Fincher Chen

Based on this picture, they first need to join weight watchers! Ashley Chen

Virginia Mayweather-Blankenbaker
Virginia Mayweather-Blankenbaker

one million men marched on Washington,one million men should apply to the police departments across the country one million men need to be farming one million men can be building schools one million men should marry one million women one million men can pray and CALL on The Lord at the same time one million men can purchase a home and property in the same area one million men can teach one million men to handle a assault weapon one million men can buy one million guns and ammo chickens cows horses one million acres build one million homes buy one million books buuuuut the leaders didn't get a personal HANDWRITTEN INVITATION to President Obama's inauguration 7years ago,sooooooo sad

Jim Chapman
Jim Chapman

Maybe these are the real clowns going around scaring little kids?

Sam Basye
Sam Basye

When shtf it will all be sorted out. Don't worry.

Corryncia Morgan
Corryncia Morgan

Most of them don't even know what rights the Constitution actually protects!!!!!!!

Yeoneatha Clark
Yeoneatha Clark

That's where they need to be with their dumb, deplorable you know what. Because they have no idea what's going on. They will be the first ones down.:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Larry Armelin
Larry Armelin

Should this happen before the inauguration of the next US president, the only good thing about this is the fact that President Obama will remain president until Martial law is lifted. And I would love this! I guarantee you many will be jumping off buildings, having nervous & mental breakdowns, and committing suicide if President Obama is still sitting in the White House in 2017 until further notice. LOL

Gunther Wallner
Gunther Wallner

They could have never made it in Co F Long Range Patrol 51st infantry airborne Vietnam and Co O 75th ranger regiment Vietnam

Carolyn Bovard
Carolyn Bovard

Stupid has to do that . You think he wants law and order. He would be the first one jailed.

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

We have a right to bear arms against a tyrannical government. Period.

Hilary Wehrle
Hilary Wehrle

these boys aren't too bright... if you try to overthrow the govt of a democratically elected president, you are NOT a patriot.

Scott Hager
Scott Hager

The headline sounds like an Onion article for stating the ohhh so obvious. The rest of the story follows suit.

Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields

Did you really do an article about one guy...