U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Maryland ‘Gun Bill Day’ Turns Ugly – State Dem Secretary Threatens to ‘Dox’ Protesters,” a Monday story in the Washco Chronicle reports. “Many of those testifying arrived in shirts stating that they “will not comply” with new gun control laws. This took a turn for the worst when the Maryland Democratic Party secretary, Robbie Leonard, threatened to ‘dox’ those testifying today.”
Leonard’s Facebook post, which he has since deleted, shows a photo of a gun owner outside the hearings holding an “I will not comply” sign, and another photo of several gun owners inside the hearing wearing shirts bearing the same message.
“Time to dox some homegrown terrorists,” Leonard advocated.
“I hope the FBI runs the name of every witness who is wearing a t-shirt that says ‘we will not comply,’” he wrote in another. “They’re a bunch of terrorists in the making.”
“Terrorists” like the untold numbers in California, Connecticut, and New York who have refused to register their so-called “assault weapons,” no doubt. Other edicts in other states have met similar resistance, and don’t be surprised to see further defiance when the “Trumpstock” ban takes effect later this month.
Besides, it's not like Democrats don't disregard laws they oppose with so-called “Sanctuary Cities” and the like.
One question: Do these “homegrown terrorists” who its “time to dox” include all those “I will not comply” sheriffs in multiple states refusing to enforce citizen disarmament edicts? Maybe Leonard would like to dox fellow Marylander Sheriff Mike Lewis.
Such “terrorists” have honorable historical precedents.
Widespread defiance, when all else fails, is something I’ve taken to calling a “new paradigm,” and while that holds true for many gun rights activists who have been forced to make the terrible decision between surrender to an edict or personal risk for disobeying it, it is. But it’s not really new. It has a long and proud tradition.
Back in the 18th Century, before the colonies won independence, a jury in the trial of publisher John Peter Zenger heeded his defense attorney, Alexander Hamilton, and refused to convict him of libel by defying the law which at the time said the truth was no defense. The 19th Century saw philosopher Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience essay, and later, law-breaking abolitionists helping escaped slaves via the Underground Railway. In the 20th Century, civil rights actions, memorably exemplified by Rosa Parks refusing to sit in the back of the bus, showed the power of unified people standing up and declaring their rights were to be served by the state, not suppressed by it.
Indeed, it was an act of ultimate civil disobedience, manifesting itself as active resistance, in which Captain John Parker and his Lexington militia defied British Major John Pitcairn’s order to “Throw down your arms, ye villains, ye Rebels, Disperse!” The insurrectionists were subjects of the Crown, their lawful government. There’s no getting around it: They were lawbreakers and criminals. So were the seditious men who the following year pledged their Lives, their Fortunes, and their sacred Honor, and signed the “treasonous” Declaration of Independence.
But enough of real Americans. Let’s get back to this “progressive” pinhead who exemplifies the ugly, subversive face of the modern Democrat Party now that the openly socialist young radicals feel confident enough to take the mask off.
By taking the Facebook post down, Leonard exhibits the behavior of a cowardly opportunist. If he really had the courage of his convictions, he’d leave it up and double down. And like his collectivist forebears who came before him (after all, it’s not like Opposite Day “progressivism” actually has any new ideas), any history found to be inconvenient to the agenda can simply be “vanished.”
Leonard’s got another problem, and one bigger than outing his own moral perversity: He’s projecting as to who the terrorist is. ‘Doxing” reveals the character of a sadistic coward of the lowest order. Appropriately, causing such fear and putting victims at potentially lethal risk has resulted in prosecution and substantial criminal penalties.
And Leonard is more than just a Democrat apparatchik: He’s also an attorney, bringing sudden attention to the Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg, P.A., its partners and associates; Chair of the Baltimore County Democratic Party; an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention; a member of the Electoral College; and he “is licensed to practice law in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. He is also licensed in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia.”
In other words, he is an officer of the court publicly endorsing the crime of doxing his political opponents and urging all of his social media followers to join him. Talk about irresponsibly riling a mob, and he has to know that some will be inclined to translate words into actions. Since we're talking about an experienced lawyer, the words “knew or should have known” come to mind.
It sure sounds like something worthy of bringing to the attention of the respective bar associations linked to above, via professional conduct complaints.
Unless such noise is made, look for this to blow over, because this is a story the “mainstream” press is happily ignoring. I was given a link to one account by a news tip correspondent and had to trace it through several other websites and do some searching on my own to corroborate claims, including on NRA-ILA’s news feed. But at this writing, despite the fact that the story has been out since Monday, only one account appears under the Google “News” tab, and none of the local papers, TV or radio stations or any of the major players want to touch it (think “lies of omission”).
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.