Washington State Rep. Matt Shea (R) recently warned hundreds of self-described "patriots" at a “Northwest Patriot and Self-Reliance Rally” in Farragut State Park, Idaho to buy ammunition for the "inevitable collapse" of the economy.
"We need to prepare for the inevitable collapse that is going to happen. You know it’s going to happen. I am a politician and I am standing up here and saying that when it happens, we need to look at this as a opportunity, not a crisis. Who’s job is liberty? That’s our job," said Shea.
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According to Coeur d’Alene Press, Shea told the audience last weekend to buy thousands of bullets, practice shooting their guns, learn self defense and special tactics.
"Be prepared at any given moment to give up your job to do what is right. You have to stand up for what is right, even if it means you have to stand up to your government," Shea warned.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Shea has been spreading a conspiracy theory that the U.S. government plans to disarm Americans and put them into concentration camps run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Also, Shea "pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist [in November 2011] in what police reports describe as a road rage incident. He was cited for two violations of state firearms law," reported The Spokesman-Review.
Sources: Coeur d’Alene Press, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Spokesman-Review