Fairfax, VA –-(Ammoland.com)-On Saturday, Virginia anti-gun activist Joseph Sakran posted two images on his verified Twitter account, which he said was receiving death threats from pro-gun activists. Now it appears that the death threats he reported might have been a hoax. The Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon has since deleted the images and all mentions of the threats.
The images were of a hand holding a pistol and text at the bottom of the paper that reads “The End is Near………”
Sakran claimed that someone put the picture under his windshield wipers of his car before VCDL's Lobby Day on January 20th. Virginia has been a hotbed for the gun debate since the Democrats seized control of the state and introduced radical gun control measures and 96% of the state declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. Sakran said he struggled with the decision to post the pictures online.
“We have the opportunity and the responsibility to make communities safer for Americans,” Sakran wrote on Twitter. “For the person who thought they could silence me by threatening my life, you clearly know nothing about me….. Thank you for showing me that our movement is making a difference.”
Sakran said he informed law enforcement of the death threat, and they told him to stop discussing the matter on social media. AmmoLand contacted the Fairfax County Police, where Sakran lives to get a copy of the police report. According to the law enforcement agency, Sakran never filed a report or contacted them about any threat against him. The Post Millennial also reached out to the law enforcement agency and received the same answer that they gave AmmoLand.
The Baltimore Sun contacted Capitol Police in Richmond to see if they have had any reports against any gun control activist. The department told the Sun that they were unaware of any threats against Sakran or any other person. Sakran insinuated that the threat was due to Lobby Day and the tens of thousands of people that attended the rally.
Eagle-eyed internet users noticed the reflection of Sakran's garage in the windshield of his car. This fact indicates that for someone to leave the threatening image that would have to have broken into the doctor's house to leave the picture. It seems unlikely someone would break into a house to leave a note on a windshield of Sakran's car.
Sakran later claimed he found the alleged threat on his car when he was going to work and thought it was just an advertisement flyer. Days later, he looked at the flyer while cleaning his car and discovered it was a threat.
His statement brings up a couple of questions. The doctor posted a picture initially showing the flyer on his windshield, where he claimed he found it. If that was the case, why would he take a picture of a flyer if he didn’t know what it was? The threat is clearly visible in the picture. Also, wouldn't he think it is weird that someone broke into his garage to put an advertisement on his car? Some in the gun community believe that Sakran saying that he found it days later, is him trying to cover up his inconsistencies in his story.
Another fact that observers noticed was the picture of the image that Sakran says he brought in from his car has fewer creases than the picture of the image from where he found it. This fact leads many people to deduce that the picture of the image from after Sakran says he took it off his car was actually taken before someone put it on his windshield wiper.
Since all the inconsistencies in the story have surfaced, multiple publications have reached out to Sakran to see if the threats were a hoax. Sakran has gone dark and is not responding to any request for comments. He has also deleted all mentions of the threat across all his social media accounts.
AmmoLand tried reaching out to Sakran through multiple mediums, but the doctor has not responded by the time of the publication of this article.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.