This from USA Today:
Gun-control groups are launching a “voter protection campaign” to keep guns out of the polling booths this Election Day.
The social media campaign is encouraging voters who see people with firearms to text “Guns down” to 91990. Reports will be sent to nonpartisan election protection experts, who may contact authorities or send a lawyer to the polling place.
The groups are concerned about gun owners bringing their firearms to rallies and political events since the election of President Donald Trump, said Igor Volsky, Guns Down America director.
“Given the troubling political rhetoric we’ve seen over the last two years, and that guns are far too easy to obtain, this campaign will help the majority of Americans who believe that fewer guns keeps us safer fight back and cast their ballots free from fear of intimidation,” he said.
Voter intimidation is a federal crime, but states have different rules on bringing firearms to polling places. Only Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas have clear laws prohibiting guns at polls, according to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. This week, the Missoula City Council in Montana voted to ban weapons in polling places and other public places.
The campaign targets key districts that have competitive races and high number of gun-owning households in Florida, Texas, Indiana, Nevada, Wisconsin, Colorado and Georgia. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, League of Women Voters of Florida, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, Media Matters and the Center for American Progress are partnering with Guns Down America on the campaign.
At first read, what comes across is the same sentiment expressed by all the professors who raged against campus carry.
Nobody actually threatened them with a gun. No one intimidated them No student even hinted at the idea that he would shoot a professor or another student for saying something controversial during a class discussion.
But each and every professor said that the knowledge that a student might have a gun on them made them afraid to speak their mind or teach the subject the way they wanted to. The “intimidation” was clearly self inflicted, probably out of psychological projection.
Then I realized, that is the point. There are many places where it is lawful to carry in a polling place, assuming other prohibitions don’t exist, i.e. the polling place is a school or court. The whole purpose of this is to plant the idea in the minds of anti-gun activists of filing false voter intimidation charges against concealed carriers.
But wait, there’s more.
Since I read Miguel’s posts, I asked myself the question Cui Bono? (Who benefits?)
Miguel has done a post on Igor Volsky before. Going through his social media, Volsky is obviously more than just an anti-gun activist. He works with the Center for American Progress, is associated with Think Progress, and fashions himself as part of the anti-Trump #Resistance.
Anybody who knows the uglier history of the South knows that the Klan used to “volunteer” or “provide security” for polling places. What it really was, was naked intimidation of black voters. Even if they were not official volunteers, they would often show up anyway. Once every other legal barrier to voting has been struck down, Southern Democrats kept blacks from voting by the threat of violence. Even with the passage of
As poll after poll seems to indicate that the Democrats will lose seats in the Senate, and maybe even the House, I am concerned that they will resort to old tactics.
Namely letting Antifa gather dangerously close to polling places.
Do you look like a Trump voter? Maybe you’re a white man? Especially one who drives a truck or looks blue collar.
Just how badly do you want to vote? Is it worth trying to push your way through a black bloc and risk a beating or a doxxing to cast your vote?
Cui Bono from you having to leave your gun in your car so you are not falsely accused of voter initmidation?
Antifa. The #Resistance.
I honestly would not say that it beyond reason to think that the radical Left will attempt to swing the vote on election day with some good ‘ol “scare ’em away from the polls” Klan tactics. Disarming you before you vote will only make it easier for them.