A Conversation Between Josh Horwitz and Alex Zaitchik (Full Video):
"It was during his involvement in Central American policy and supporting counterinsurgencies around the world that Pratt made multiple trips to Guatemala to observe rural "Civil Defense Patrols." Contemporary human rights observers (and two subsequent Truth Commissions) consider them "death squads" for their role in killing and torturing civilians. But Pratt found much to admire. He combined observations from these visits with similarly impressed notes on the Civilian Home Defense Forces, vigilante patrols in Ferdinand Marcos' Philippines, for a slim book published by the Gun Owners Foundation in 1990, Armed People Victorious. In it, he praises the leadership of Efrain Rios Montt, the country's military leader during 1982 and 1983 who greatly expanded the civil defense patrols. Twenty years later, Guatemalan judges would find Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. One Amnesty International Report from Montt's tenure detailed massacres in 60 Indian villages over a three-month period, leaving more than 2,500 dead. As late as 2001, Pratt was publically praising Montt as a "powerful Christian leader."
Coatesville’s connection to Larry Pratt had it’s origins following the Ruby Ridge bloodshed and the 1992 Christian Identity Estes Park, Colorado meeting.In the concluding chapter of Armed People Victorious, titled "Bringing the Lessons Home," Pratt writes: The War on Drugs can be won the same way the guerilla insurgencies were pushed back in Guatemala and the Philippines... The history of the United States for years before and after the founding of the Republic was the history of an armed people with functioning militias involved in civil defense... While the United States has forgotten its successes in this area, other countries have rediscovered them. It is time that the United States return to reliance on an armed people. There is no acceptable alternative.”
'The most important event in this development was a three- day meeting convened in October 1992 by Christian Identity leader Pete Peters. Christian Identity maintains that Aryans are the true Jews, that blacks are a pre-Adamic subhuman species, and that a race war is coming, after which whites will establish a "Christian government." These were the baseline ideas uniting the 150 far-right leaders who answered Peters' call to action at a YMCA hall in Estes Park, Colorado. Among those present was Larry Pratt. According to media reports, Pratt railed against the 14th Amendment and delivered one of his favorite lines: "The Second Amendment ain't about duck hunting."
"Larry Pratt was the keynote speaker in a fundraiser for Pat Sellers in his first run for Pennsylvania's 6 Congressional District in 1996. Sellers ran again in 2010.
From the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal:
"Pratt is executive director of Gun Owners of America. He left the Buchanan Campaign after the media reported on his ties to the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacist group Aryan Nation.
Pratt has indorsed Sellers and will be the keynote speaker at a fund-raising dinner for Sellers next week.
Sellers said the allegations against Pratt are untrue and that he sought Pratt's support because of his expertise on gun issues."