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How to save a thousand lives.

by Kirby Ferris

Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership ( March, 2012

Would you like to perhaps save a thousand innocent lives? Maybe more? I want you to read one book, and then, more importantly, make sure you circulate that book aggressively amongst your "birds of a feather" friends, family and neighbors.

The book is Matt Bracken's novel "Enemies Foreign and Domestic."

No, this isn't some advertising gimmick. JPFO, because of this article, will not be selling Bracken's book. (But we'll link you to his website. HERE)

What each of you out there has within reach is a means by which you can pull the rug out from one of the few remaining "false flag" schemes "gun control" orchestrators can launch with any chance of success.

What's neat about a novel, a work of fiction, is that it can say things that you, yourself, might be hesitant (or even unwise) to utter. "Ahh! It's just one of those action conspiracy novels!"

Under the cover of a good read, with believable (both likable and detestable) characters, and a thoroughly plausible plot, all you need do is read Bracken's novel and pass it along to a friend with a question: "Do you think this is possible?"

That's all you have to do. Unless you choose to wade in and start making some noise on your own. But, even the quiet, mousy introvert can pass this book along with a sincere frown and that question: "Do you think this is possible?"

The premise of "Enemies Foreign and Domestic?" A sniper fires three magazines (90 rounds) into a jam-packed football stadium with a semi-automatic "assault rifle." But in the panic ten times more than ninety die. The slaughter is meant to at first appear to be the work of your classic "lone gunman." A shooter is conveniently killed at the scene of the sniper?s nest. Let's tick off the predictable characteristics of the now identified sniper:

1. He's white.
2. He's a Southerner. (Yeah, and a racist.)
3. He's a combat vet.
4. He's been having emotional problems.
5. He's been seen hanging around a local "militia" group. This creates the further implication of a "right wing conspiracy."
6. And last but not least, he used a deadly "assault rifle" semi-auto to perpetrate the horrific deed.
7. Oh yes, and he's now quite dead and can't tell anyone why he committed this atrocity. Actually, Bracken spins an even more intriguing can of worms. I'm just laying out the rough agenda here.

And who comes to the rescue, to save America from the millions of bone head, red-necked, racist, inbred, armed "right wing gun-nuts" out here in the hinterland of our nation? Why it's that chivalrous, squeaky clean, brilliant group of rocket scientists, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives!

And, of course, Congress, driven by the frenzied lemmings that many Americans have now become, passes a total ban on all semi-automatic rifles, even .22s. Americans are given a short "amnesty period" during which they can simply deposit their semi-auto rifles into conveniently placed (and guarded) dumpsters. At the end of the amnesty period you are looking at guaranteed hard prison time and an absurd fine on top of that. Big reward for snitches. Just like the IRS.

Could it happen?

Now here is where Bracken really gets down and dirty. He MUST have had a run in with the Gun Goons at one time or knows someone who did. He's got the type down cold. Written in 2003, during the Bush administration, and well before "Operation Fast and Furious" was a wriggling little maggot in Eric Holder's mind, the author rolls out a cast of BATFE characters that flawlessly portrays the list of moral afflictions so well represented in the BATFE today.

Really rotten bad guys are vitally important in action novels. You gotta really hate the bad guys. Near the end of Bracken's novel you find yourself trying to decide between battery acid, piranhas, or gut shooting as the just deserts for utterly foul BATFE Agent George Hammet. And none of those punishments are even on Bracken's pages!

The President of the United States is a buffoon. And the Attorney General of the State of Virginia just might get what he's got coming to him, as he rides public hysteria for the vanity and benefit of his political aspirations. I won't go into spoilers here. "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" is a good solid thriller with a history-changing hook. The fact that Bracken wrote this before "Fast and Furious" is very eerie.

Oh yeah, minor detail, not all Americans go along with the absurd and unconstitutional gun-prohibition scheme. Quite a few of them don't. Bracken describes some very creative potential scenarios, that, quite frankly, I don't want to talk about here.

If word of Bracken's imagined stadium massacre can spread far enough and deep enough into heartland America, the gun confiscators (who have now certainly proven their moral fiber with the hundreds of dead from "Fast and Furious") might have to abandon what would have almost certainly been an extremely effective "false flag" operation meant for our near future.

So save a thousand lives. Prevent a stadium slaughter. Matt Bracken has turned the lights on in the roach-filled rooms of those who would rule us.

Frequent JPFO contributor and strategist, Kirby Ferris, collaborated intensively with Aaron Zelman over the last two years of Aaron's life. Ferris is currently the Research Director of JPFO.

Enemies Foreign And Domestic review in GUNS Magazine, November 2005

"A stadium massacre leads to the banning of all semi-automatic rifles," the teaser on the jacket reads.
"But who really fired the fatal shots, and why?"

The answer, we learn, involves nothing less than a modern day Reichstag fire, engineered and instigated by an evil and ambitious ATF supervisor and his squad of violent agency misfits. The political fallout of the stadium shooting is a national ban on "assault weapons." With free rein to create more "domestic terror" incidents, and with unprincipled politicians and a complicit media, gun owners are easily demonized as a manipulated public demands more "security."

All Brad Fallon wanted to do was restore his vintage sailboat, Guajira, take his savings from three years of working the ANWR oil fields, and cruise the world. He hadn't counted on his interest and proficiency in shooting being used to entrap him, or being ultimately forced into covert rebellion against rogue federal agents.

But back a man into a corner with other men -- all proficient in modern weaponry, and all unbending believers in liberty -- make it clear that you mean to destroy them, and a most dangerous type of resistance is born: a competent one.

Author Matthew Bracken has written a thrilling first novel (did I mention this is also a passionate love story?), one that engages, grips and doesn't let up. He avoids the proselytizing that can plague the liberty genre, and delivers a solid, exciting tale with deep and believable characters. Bracken's background with UDT and SEAL Teams, and as the designer/builder of a cutter that he soloed from Panama to Guam, adds credibility to the technical and tactical details he weaves into the plot. I can't wait for the sequel, scheduled for release early in 2006.

David Codrea, GUNS Magazine, and The Examiner,
as well as "The War On Guns - Notes From the Resistance"

John Ross review of Enemies Foreign And Domestic

I have several complaints about most thriller novelists. First, their protagonists are too often 100% virtuous with no humanizing flaws. Second, the protagonists let their enemies live when you KNOW the bad guys are going to come back and murder their kids etc. Third, everything the government does (hi-tech weapons, military & police tactics, criminal investigations, etc.) functions flawlessly. Fourth, too many stories have all the brilliant thinking and brave actions done by government employees (Special Forces, policemen, Intelligence operatives, etc.) Lastly, some novels have a basic premise that is just not believable. (Clancy's RAINBOW SIX is a prime example.)

Novelist Matthew Bracken has avoided these sins almost entirely in his excellent debut novel ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.

It is a challenge for any writer to come up with a plot that is at once plausible enough to have the reader accept it but also unlikely enough that it has not actually happened yet in real life. EFAD's dramatic concept is this: Wally Malvone, a lone mid-level ATF executive, engineers (with one accomplice) a long-range shooting into a football stadium and successfully arranges for an addled, destitute veteran to take the blame and be killed in the process.

Malvone does this because he needs an emergency that will encourage the President to embrace a plan he has put together: Forming a secret "hit squad" comprised of overaggressive ATF agents with disciplinary problems. This squad's duty is to be proactive: identify domestic terrorists ("militia members") and kill them during raids. The trial is in the media, when the cameras see the (planted) contraband retrieved from the slain terrorist's dwelling. Malvone wants to have this hit squad for the obvious reasons: funding, power, and prestige.

Naturally, some of the victims drawn into Malvone's web of treachery decide they have no choice but to fight back.
At each point in the storyline, as the good guys and bad guys acted and reacted, I kept asking myself if what was happening was plausible. How would *I* rewrite it to make it more believable? In some cases I thought that I would have had the parties react a bit differently, but I had to admit my alternate scenario was not necessarily more likely.

The fact is that when you get into the realm of serious, institutionalized government abuse of power in an environment with lots of resourceful, angry, well-armed people and the near-instant information flow of the Internet, you're in uncharted waters.

One critic said the female lead was an adolescent fantasy (21 years old, beautiful, motorcycle rider, expert shot, virgin) and I would have given her more edginess, but hey, a lot of readers like their heroes untainted.

Anyway, EFAD is an action-packed read, with most of the skill and creativity being demonstrated by the private sector, which is IMO 100% realistic.

Send a copy to your favorite Senator or Congressman...

John Ross is the author of "Unintended Consequences"

A sniper opens fire on a crowded football stadium on the first day of the season. The crowd panics and stampedes. A thousand people die ... and the federal government immediately goes not only into gun-banning mode, but into a post-911-type security frenzy that ultimately brings the country FIST (Firearm Inspections Stop Terrorism) checkpoints and brutal demonization of gun owners. The alleged (and quickly deceased) sniper has conveniently used a "military-style assault weapon," and conveniently fits the profile every anti-gunner loves to hate. The loss of freedom looks unstoppable. But is it?

And that's merely the opening of Enemies Foreign And Domestic, the first novel by Matthew Bracken, a self-described "freedom addict." Unlike most freedom-movement novels, this one is loaded with action and populated by characters you'll believe, like, and identify with.

Claire Wolfe, author of "101 Things to do 'Til the Revolution" and "Don't Shoot the Bastards (Yet)"

Enemies Foreign and Domestic is an outstanding novel. The author manages to weave a lot of useful facts into a fictional storyline. The tale is compelling, the scenario is plausible, the writing is well-crafted, the characters are believable, and most importantly the story is unquestionably VERY thought provoking.

I highly recommend that you buy a copy of Enemies Foreign and Domestic. Strike that! Buy at least two copies--because if you buy just one you'll lend it out and it will get passed on and on, and never return!

As an author myself I can appreciate the tremendous effort that obviously went into writing Enemies Foreign and Domestic. Matt Bracken's attention to detail is outstanding. He manages to meld the "micro" details with the "macro" scenario almost seamlessly. That is a rare gift. Enemies Foreign and Domestic is indeed a "must read" for every American gun owner. It belongs on the bookshelf of everyone that loves liberty.

James Rawles, author of "Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse"

The shooting culture and freedom movement have too little good fiction to enjoy, so it was a real treat to read "Enemies Foreign and Domestic" by Matthew Bracken. An exciting, plausible and well-written story about the ATF versus gun-owning Americans who just want to be left alone. Fine fiction doubling as potential prophecy, from an unapologetic defender of our right to keep and bear arms. I highly recommend it! Buy a copy for your gun-phobic family and friends, to clue them into the true patriot's mindset.

Boston T. Party, author of "Boston's Gun Bible" and "Molon Labe!"