Robbie Leonard, a Maryland Democrat Party leader is under fire for calling for exposing the addresses of gun rights activists, a criminal practice known for “doxxing.”
Per Heavy, Robbie Leonard is the Maryland Democratic Party Secretary.
Last month, Leonard took to Facebook to urge his followers to help “dox,” or publicly identify, a group of guns-rights activists. The activists wore t-shirts that read “We Will Not Comply” to a hearing on gun control measures in the Maryland statehouse.
Leonard posted photos of the protesters on his Facebook page, writing, “I hope the FBI runs the name of every witness who is wearing a t-shirt that says ‘We Will Not Comply.’ They’re a bunch of terrorists in the making.” That Facebook post has since been deleted, but it survives in screenshots; you can see one here.
The news was shared by conservative actor James Woods on Twitter.
Maryland’s criminal code prohibits “doxing.” Is inciting others to break state law a criminal act? https://t.co/IQ5ckitJr2
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 11, 2019
From Fox News
A Democratic Party leader in Maryland is facing criticism for last month posting on Facebook a call to “dox” gun rights activists.
Maryland Democratic Party Secretary Robbie Leonard took to social media to post photos from a Maryland House Judiciary Committee meeting in late February, where gun rights activistswore “We Will Not Comply” shirts during the hearing on additional gun control measures, along with a message calling the advocates “homegrown terrorists” and calling on his followers to “dox” them.
“I hope the FBI runs the name of every witness who is wearing a t-shirt that says ‘We Will Not Comply,’ Leonard said in one Facebook message. “They’re a bunch of terrorists in the making.”
In another message, Leonard posted a photo of a protestor along with the comment: “Time to dox some homegrown terrorists.”
Doxing is a practice of researching and broadcasting over the Internet the personal and private information of an individual or organization, normally with malicious intent.
Gun rights groups and lobbyists were quick to condemn Leonard for his comments on social media, pointing out that Maryland’s criminal code prohibits doxing and that the gun rights activists are protected under the First Amendment.
“The bizarre posts offer a glimpse into the fevered mind of the gun control advocate,” the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action said in a post. “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.”
In a statement sent to Fox News, the executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, Ben Smith, condemned the call to dox activists and said that gun regulation debates “require sober and calm deliberation, not escalated conflict.”
“When activists wear shirts stating ‘We will not comply’ with new firearm regulations, that action escalates the conflict and a willingness to flout the rule of law,” Smith said. “Calling for doxxing also escalates the conflict and violates rights to privacy. The Maryland Democratic Party respects the rule of law and asks that advocates on both sides participate peacefully in the legislative process.”
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