Para-military groups help strengthen forces.
Several years ago I was taking part in a bass tournament in southern Florida and we were surprised to see two well-equipped bass boats approaching us at high speed. Pulling a quick maneuver they shot by our boat and threw a sheet of water over us. I sat there dumbfounded at what had just sped by us. The bass fishing machines were not colored in the usual gaudy colors and no fishing rods were to be seen in the boats. They were painted in a dull camouflage pattern and mounted on the bow of each boat was a 30-caliber machine gun manned by a gunner who was also dressed in camo.
“What in the H—- was that,” I asked my companion who hailed from a local bass club. “That’s just some of our local friends showing off their toys, he replied. Their mounted machine gun is a legal, semi-automatic version of the old familiar Browning gun and these guys are part of a para-military group that fancies themselves as being a Red Neck Navy. Their group of ground troops is probably hidden back there in the swamp laughing at us right now.”