This is TERRIFYING!!
One of Maryland’s top Democrats came under fire this week for very public criticism of Second Amendment rights. This isn’t unusual; the Left is constantly dragging down Americans over the issue. It’s the way he did it and what he said that’s frightening. Instead of going after the GOP, Party Secretary Robbie Leonard blasted gun owners directly and even suggested they should be doxxed.
Apparently, if you believe in the right to own guns, that means you don’t deserve the right to privacy – at least in Leonard’s mind.
Here’s the details of this disgusting show of disrespect.
- Leonard shared images showing gun rights activists wearing “We Will Not Comply” t-shirts during February’s House Judiciary Committee meeting on gun control measures. But it’s what his post said, not the image, that has people upset and calling for his position.
- “I hope the FBI runs the name of every witness who is wearing a t-shirt that says ‘We Will Not Comply,’ the now-deleted Facebook message reads. “They’re a bunch of terrorists in the making.”
- Yes, that’s right – Leonard, a Party Secretary who should know the Constitution inside-out, advocated for this. According to his posts, the simple act of refusing to give up your right to bear arms makes you a “terrorist.”
- A second post on his profile (also deleted) showed a snapshot of a protestor. Above it, Leonard added, “Time to dox some homegrown terrorists.” Apparently he’s forgotten doxing is illegal.
- If you aren’t familiar with it yourself, doxing is the process of deep-searching for information about someone and sharing it with the general public without their permission. This might include their personal identity information, home address, or even financial data.
- Doxing is an issue because it essentially infringes on a person’s right to privacy. It can also put the individual doxed at risk for identity theft, violent crime, financial loss, and loss of reputation. In the case of gun activists, some who have been doxxed have lost their jobs or been ostracized from their communities just for their beliefs.
- There is a difference between investigative reporting and doxing. Reporters are supposed to be responsible for adhering to ethics and specific investigative guidelines. Personal doxing, on the other hand, is almost always malicious with the sole intent to harm.
- Leonard’s comments raised immediate ire from Republicans, but even some Democrats took issue with his posts. Multiple people pointed out that Maryland and many other states protect gun rights activists under the First Amendment. Others condemned the Democratic party as a whole for allowing a loose cannon to invite people to break laws.
- The NRA also had something to say about the situation. “The bizarre posts offer a glimpse into the fevered mind of the gun control advocate,” they wrote. “Revealing a severe dearth of knowledge regarding the Bill of Rights, in Leonard’s view, federal law enforcement should be employed to intimidate his political enemies for conduct expressly protected under the First Amendment.”
- Maryland’s DNC leader Ben Smith told Fox News he found the call abhorrent and that the DNC “respects the law.” He also indicated that gun debates “require sober and calm deliberation, not escalated conflict.” But is that really how he feels?
- A second snippet of his interview with Fox seems to paint a much different picture. Smith turns the tables and slams gun rights activists himself. “When activists wear shirts stating ‘We will not comply’ with new firearm regulations,” he said, “that action escalates the conflict and a willingness to flout the rule of law.” Feels an awful lot like an excuse, doesn’t it?