The far-right American firearms association is asking its supporters to prepare for a “battle” at the US Capitol this week amid Senate talks on possible legislation for relatively minor gun safety reforms.
“They’re coming after us right now,” warns the subject line of Monday’s fundraising email signed by AFA president Christopher Dorr.
“Our federal legislative team believes that due to the enormity of this week’s battle in D.C., there will be thousands or even thousands of Bloomberg-funded, red shirt radical, comey moms in the Capitol complex, The email reads, apparently referring to the gun safety group, Mothers demand action,
“It’s their Super Bowl,” it continues. “You and I should see this fight exactly as it is.”
Here is a screenshot from the email:
The AFA’s warnings echo bad statements made by former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, when he addressed his supporters at a rally to storm the US Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as president. Had a whip. Which led to a violent rebellion.
“We fight like hell,” Trump told his supporters before marching to the Capitol that day. “And if you don’t fight like hell, you’ll have no country anymore.”
The AFA’s wildly heated rhetoric doesn’t match what senators are considering doing, which does little in response to the ongoing pandemic of gun violence. The bipartisan package currently being negotiated by senators, which may still fall apart, may include narrowly expanding gun background checks, increasing school safety, encouraging states to enact so-called red flag laws. and provision for providing resources for new mental health programs.
Aside from the Senate, the House is considering its own mix of gun safety bills, including measures to raise the buying age for AR-15s from 18 to 21, and allow gun owners to house firearms through the federal background check system. is required to register. But none of the House resolutions are expected to move to the Senate, so all eyes are on what legislation could possibly move forward in the upper house.
You won’t know anything about it from the language of the AFA’s email.
“With gun-grabbers in Congress launching their full-front attack on our Second Amendment rights, our entire AFA staff is on red alert,” the email said, before floating the idea that progressives would somehow Ready to cut the group from. Ability to use social media. “We fully expect that our systems will be attacked by nefarious, left-wing actors who want to shut down our systems and block your voices from reaching the offices of Congress on Capitol Hill.”
Here’s another email screenshot:
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, noted the veiled threat by the AFA on Twitter on Monday.
“I love that we scare men who can’t walk on toilet paper without guns,” she tweeted.
The AFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what its call to “fight” meant and whether it was concerned that its overly heated rhetoric could lead some to turn to the Capitol to cause violence. .