Bill Fulton owned an army-surplus store. He sold guns, hunting gear, survivalist equipment, and more in Alaska. Now, Alaska is one of America's militia hot spots, which is most clearly illustrated by the professional, cutting-edge website of the Alaska Citizens Militia.
Alaska Citizens Militia
All that's missing is a MIDI file of "Cat Scratch Fever" that you can't shut off, ever.
Fulton isn't a crazy person -- you don't have to be a lunatic to like guns and cool survival gear. But, when you operate a store that sells that kind of stuff -- especially in Alaska -- you're going to get militia. "I'm the Libertarian type," says Fulton, "but, like ... the pro-gay-rights sort of Libertarian type. Because my customers were essentially far right-wing, the political events I went to, the candidates I donated to, were all far right-wing. Being seen at the Democratic caucus for Anchorage would not have helped my business at all."
So, Bill Fulton, savvy businessman, finds himself in a community of loons who think President Obama's FEMA death squads are just waiting for the order to commit #WhiteGenocide. Hey, we've all got bills to pay. "I think militias are stupid ... but, if a bunch of guys want to put on camouflage and run around the woods with guns, go ahead. Just don't become a threat."
Mark Lester/Alaska Dispatch News
To others. Among yourselves, whatever.