Man Who Open-Fired On Cops With AK-47 Had "Resistance To Tyranny" Book In Car
Ron Paul, JPFO, "Tryanny Response Teams" lauded in book
By Martin Hill
May 5, 2013

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42 year old James Gilkerson of Painesville Ohio inexplicably open fired on 2 police officers with an AK-47 after a minor traffic stop, before being killed by police. Close perusal of the books found in the shooter's car reveals additional information regarding Gilkerson's ideology. No substancial online record or footprint of Gilkerson has turned up yet, but at least one of the books retained as evidence isn't specifically about weaponry- it's about fighting tyranny, and references among other things, Congressman Ron Paul. The book, 'Invisible Resistance To Tyranny', also mentions "Tyranny Response Teams", and the writings of F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, Harry Brown, Ayn Rand and Claire Wolfe, as well as the group 'Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.'

The nearly two month old story about one man's shootout with police has been dug up by the mass media in a sensational, albeit sccessful attempt at readership and will no doubt be used to promote further restrictions on guns. On May 4th Yahoo News and 'The Blaze' ran the headline "AK-47-Wielding Gunman Fires 37 Times at Shocked Cops During Routine Traffic Stop". The Blaze refers to the 'Daily Mail' article Moment gunman opened fire on police with AK47 and was shot by police during a routine traffic stop (graphic video).

The shooting actually occurred at 5:55 p.m. on Sunday March 10, 2013 in Middlefield Ohio "near the intersection of Routes 608 and 87". 42 year old James Gilkerson got out and began shooting at least 37 times at two Middlefield police using "an AK-47 style assault rifle." [See also 2 Middlefield officers shoot, kill man after he opens fire on them, injuring both (911 audio recording), 3/12/13].

On March 11, 2013, The Plain Dealer reported Gunman who fired at Middlefield police said to oppose authority, stating that Gilkerson 'appeared to be anti-establishment' and 'just didn't like authority.' On March 12 the Morning Journal confirmed Gilkerson's identity and named the two officers, Erin Thomas and Brandon Savage. Thomas, the female officer, lost a finger in the attack. Middletown Police Chief Arnold Stanko said police don't know why Gilkerson did it, adding "He was a scumbag, and a terrorist, and he's dead." Watch the video here:

The Daily Mail references a May 3 article which includes the audio of the 911 call.: Middlefield police still do not know what caused man to fire on 2 officers (video, audio, slideshow). The article begins "Police here said today they still do not know why James Gilkerson jumped out his car and began firing at Middlefield police officers who had pulled him over after Gilkerson had run a stop sign in the village." The slideshow accompanying the article is particularly revealing. The caption of the slideshow reads "Items found in car of Middlefield shooting suspect James Gilkerson - Books and DVDs found among other items found in the car of Middlefield shooting suspect James Gilkerson. (Middlefield Police Department)."

A close perusal of the books (allegedly) found in the shooter's car reveals additional information regarding what kind of things James Gilkerson was reading and perhaps thinking. For a man with no criminal record, such an act can be bewildering to police and the public. No substancial online record or footprint of Gilkerson has yet turned up (which doesn't mean it won't), but at least one of the books pictured isn't specifically about weaponry- it's about fighting tyranny, and references among other things, Congressman Ron Paul. The book is Invisible Resistance To Tyranny: How to Lead a Secret Life of Insurgency in an Increasingly Unfree World [Paperback] by Jefferson Mack. An internet search yields numerous free scans of the 144 page book, [here]. An entertaining and amusing read, the book actually reads like a who's who of the patriot movement and libertarian ideology.

Following are a list of books that can be seen in the evidence photos from Middlefield Police. Not all the titles of the books in the photos can be seen clearly, but the following can be easily identified:

Following is the book description of Invisible Resistance To Tyranny as listed on
Publication Date: March 1, 2002 | ISBN-10: 1581603088 | ISBN-13: 978-1581603088 | Edition: 1st
What is invisible resistance to tyranny? It is an underground movement of secret freedom fighters, each acting individually and independently to ignore, evade, resist and thwart the increasingly heavy hand of government power. Invisible resisters do not join protest groups, stand on street corners making speeches or run with a mob throwing rocks at police vehicles. Rather, they make up a collective silent insurgency that tyrants won't be able to put down because they won't be able to find it. Government enforcers will fruitlessly look for organizations with no members, commanders who aren't there, secret headquarters that don't exist and couriers that carry no messages. Invisible Resistance to Tyranny is both a manifesto and manual for everyday citizens who are alarmed by the never-ending encroachment upon the individual freedoms recognized by the Bill of Rights and who want to do something about it now before it comes down to a choice between violent revolution and total submission. It outlines a progressive program of resistance that anyone can undertake without having to protest in the streets, go on hunger strikes or take up arms. It tells how to:
  • be a "bad" citizen while still being a good neighbor.
  • identify and nurture sympathizers and build a network of invisible resisters.
  • confront and convert "government supremacists" to your side.
  • disrespect politicians and bureaucrats without drawing attention to yourself.
  • actively resist within today's system through such avenues as taxes, guns, juries and schools.
It then provides ideas for the many paths of invisible resistance to tyranny - intelligence collection and dissemination, propaganda, support for active operations and, if it should ever come down to it, direct operations against a totalitarian regime.

Below are some excerpts of the book Invisible Resistance To Tyranny: How to Lead a Secret Life of Insurgency in an Increasingly Unfree World, which mentions Ron Paul as well as one paragraph which mentions "Tyranny Response Team", a slogan which is on t-shirts sold by radio host Alex Jones of Ironically, right before complimenting Ron Paul, the author praises President George W. Bush and Mayor Rudy Giuliani for their actions "following the attacks of September 11, 2001." The book discusses the potential for "organized armed resistance," if "our political leaders ever succeed in imposing total tyranny on the american people or move so far in that direction that armed rebellion is justified." It also mentions the writings of F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, Harry Brown, Ayn Rand and Claire Wolfe, as well as the gun group 'Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.'

"The politicians who win elections are not honorable people. Indeed, our political process has deteriorated to the point where an honrable person cannot win political office, and the things that politicians must do to get elected guarantee that they are not honrable. The less one has to do with such people, the better.

Dealing with politicians

Invisible resisters never treat a politician with the respect an honorable person deserves. They don't use titles of respect in private conversations about politicians. They talk about Willy Jeff Clinton, Al Gored, Butch Reno, and Junior Bushed. The only exception to this might be on those rare occasions when politicians are doing what the Constitution requires them to do, such as the actions of President George W. Bush and Mayor Rudy Giuliani following the attacks of September 11, 2001, that directly related to the defense of U.s. citizens in the face of terrorist aggresion. Other exceptions may be people like Ron Paul, the U.S. Representaive from Texas, who valiantly tries to work to reduce government power from within the syetm, or more likely a local politician who works to keep government off your back rather than arrrogantly throwing his weight around like some petty big shot tyrant.



"Every resister to tyranny must insist at every opportunity on exercising all rights that government officials, their judges, and their law enforcement officers still recognize and respect. They must do it politely but firmly. Law enforcement officers make a major effort to encoruage those they hassle to voluntarily surrender their constitutional rights in every confrontation. They don't act politely when they do so. They demand and bully with implied threats and outright lies. They even falsely claim that the law requires that you provide such information. (page 30)

"...The more innocent you are, the firmer you may want to be in demanding that right. Never volunteer any information to any government official under any circumstances. If the confrontation takes place anywhere outside of a car, don't even tell him your name or produce any identification. Don't tell any lies either. Instead, dont say anything at all. If you must say something, ask them questions:

  • Am i charged with a crime?
  • Am I under arrest?
  • Am I free to go?
  • Can I call my lawyer right now?
  • Can you tell me the section of law that applies to this case?
(page 31)


Should our political leaders ever succeed in imposing total tyranny on the american people or move so far in that direction that armed rebellion is justified, we can expect that an organized armed resistance of some kind will emerge. The numbers of weapons held in private hands in the United States almost guarantees that. The popularity of the citizen militia movement after the incidents at Waco and Ruby Ridge also suggests it will happen.

"...yet somehow we broke out of the pack and discovered a true love of freedom...for others it may have been a more intellectual enterprise. we discovered the writings of F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, Harry Brown or some other advocate of freedom. (page 36).

step 3 build networks of freedom
Indentifying and Nurturing Contacts
You will soon learn to identify those who agree with or at least sympathize with your positions. Maybe they'llmention that they've read and enjoyed all the works of Ayn Rand or Claire Wolfe, or that tey're a member of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, or that they've attended a Tyranny Response Team rally." (page 41)

There are five Books by Jefferson Mack listed on Amazon:

The "Underground Railroad" description on Amazon is as follows:

Publication Date: November 1, 2000 | ISBN-10: 1581601069 | ISBN-13: 978-1581601060
"Many times in history, individuals dedicated to freedom have risked everything to help those fleeing unjust persecution. In the United States in the 1800s, the term Underground Railroad was coined to describe the network of citizens who helped slaves in the South find freedom in the North and in Canada. Though slavery has been abolished, there are still injustices, cases in which the law of the land conflicts with the God-given rights of American citizens. And fortunately there are still those who will stand up and help those fugitives find safety and freedom in another place. Jefferson Mack (Safe House, Running a Ring of Spies) believes that, given a chance, many Americans are willing to take that stand, and it is for them that he has written this blueprint for justice. Here you will learn how to organize an underground railroad, spread the word through the grapevine, find and maintain safe houses, build networks of like-minded friends and establish the all-important security features, including how to assess a potential "passenger's" suitability and spot ringers."

Another book in the photos released by Middlefield police is a bit blurry but has the word Kalashnikov. Mikhail Kalashnikov is inventor of the AK-47, the very gun which Gilkerson used to shoot at the police. Kalashnikov, incidentally, was reportedly hospitalised in Moskow in December 2012 at the age of 98.

The video "ADVANCED CLOSE-RANGE GUNFIGHTING: Shoot Them To The Ground Gunfighting, which was found in Gilkerson's car, has a cover photo which looks eerily similar to the photo from the dash cam of Gilkerson's shootout with police. As is the case with most high-profile news events, some observers raised questions about the armed confrontation. One person familiar with firearms doubted the veracity of the video: "Just watched the video. In this case, where's the blood? And why didn't the guy lurch backwards when getting nailed with mushrooming hollow point ammo such as Talons? One other thing. The 7.62 x 39 round would have penetrated the windshied like butter, and the AK-47 can be fired much faster than what is seen in the video, even in semi-auto. If it were real those cops would both be dead."

Youtube has a video of the female officer who was injured: Officer Erin Thomas on Her Love of Middlefield and Police Department

The only criminal record that comes up in public court records, aside from the DUI mentioned in press reports, is a traffic ticket Gilkerson got in 1992. That was a citation for no turn signals (vehicle code 4511.39). Gilkerson recieved the ticket from the Ohio State Patrol in the City of Chardon on 5/22/92 and was arraigned and convicted on 6/3/92, paying $77.

In the May 3rd article Middlefield shooting: The secret life of James Gilkerson, WKYC reports that Gilkerson "had a black ski mask, black leather gloves. He had a number of books and pamphlets in his trunk, instructional videos on gun fighting and some other things," in the trunk of his mother's green Saturn when he was pulled over. Police speculate that the gunman "might have been planning an attack much bigger." Gilkerson's mother has "tried to be helpful but she's distraught and has no answers for his behavior."

So is this shootout evidence that people who resist tryanny are dangerous homicidal maniacs? Not at all. The establishment would have you believe that anyone who criticizes and resists corrupt government is a dangerous terrorist or extremist. In reality this couldn't be further from the truth. It's the establishment that oppresses, injures, imprisons and kills millions of innocent people in America and across the globe. The vast majority of people who resist tyranny and fight for their liberties are some of the most sincere, well-informed, moral and righteous people there are.

However, like the snake on the Gadsden "Don't Tread On Me" flag, the snake is minding its' own business but ready to strike if someone pokes at it. In the same manner, people have a moral and inherent right to defend their liberties when their life or property is at dire risk and there is no other recourse. For this reason, people who resist tyranny may indeed be more dangerous to their immoral and life-killing oppressors. This is why it is important for people who oppose tyranny to have a balance- a strong anchor, a moral code as well as close friends and family whom you love to surround you. People who resist tyranny in America are comprised of a vast variety of backgrounds, ages, races and creeds.

Personally, my moral anchor is Jesus Christ and the Magisterium of the Holy Roman Catholic Church; (which, by the way, the government falsely characterizes as 'dangerous extremism'.) Have no doubt, however that in the end, evil will indeed be defeated.

"Come to me, all you that labour and are burdened; I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon yourselves, and learn from me; I am gentle and humble of heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30.

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