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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

 

The Tactics of The NRA Fox GOP Intimidation Machine

By Spocko


My friend Amanda Gailey protested outside of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox's home and his wife's business, Ivy Lane Linens & Living in Old Town Alexandria Virginia, a few weeks ago. I wrote about it here, NRA Fears Women Brandishing Posters Protest Gun-Lobbyist Cox

Both protests were peaceful and legal. The Coxs called the police at both locations. The police made it clear the protesters did nothing wrong, however a woman identified as Cox's wife did assault Catherine Koebel, one of the two protesters at the business, when she snatched the video recording phone from her hand and threw it on the ground. Catherine Koebel declined to press charges

The WaPo did a story about this. Protesters target NRA lobbyist’s home and wife’s business
Amanda Gailey, left, and Catherine Koebel, co-founders of The Great American Gun Melt,
protest outside NRA lobbyist Chris Cox's home in Alexandria this month.
(The Great American Gun Melt)
Tucker Carlson did a story about it during his 'The Aggressive Left segment" under the heading "Campus Craziness."

Tucker was very concerned about people going to Cox's house to protest. He questioned Jason Nichols, a University of Maryland professor about it asking,“Is it okay, if you decide you disagree with someone you can show up his house and scream at his wife and kids?”

NOTE: Gailey and her fellow protester did not scream and shout at Cox's wife and kids. They also were on a busy public intersection.

Tucker is really concerned about what is "normal" and asked "Do decent people do this?" He states he believes that this crosses over into indefensible behavior.

Tucker says doing this is not okay. "It's disgusting and wrong. "
This appears to be Charles Couger, Producer,
Tucker Carlson Tonight @ Fox News 
Fox Intimidation 
Today it looks like Carlson sent a producer to Lincoln Nebraska in full Jesse Watters, James O'Keefe mode. The reporter and a cameraman showed up in a truck outside Gailey's home, followed her to her daughter's middle school and then confronted her. He didn't give his full name, just Charles.

(We believe he is Charles Couger, a producer for Tucker Carlson on Fox News)
He asked her, "All we want to know is whether you're comfortable..."

Meanwhile Gailey identifies the truck and asks the name of the producer, who declines.

"Are you okay with people confronting you about your political beliefs in your private life like you did to Chris Cox?"

Gailey gives her message to Cox reiterating her message about Cox profiting from the sales of weapons.


I have the full Video from Gailey's POV and is available for Rachel Maddow's producers. Especially if Carlson does a segment on this...

Tucker said in his "Campus Craziness" segment that standing on a street corner with a sign outside someone's house is "a threat."

Carlson's comment mirrors the language of the NRA attorney for the Coxes who said, "These coordinated tactics have crossed the line of civility and human decency."

GOP Intimidation 
The producer, also asks Gailey about the three state senators trying to take her on. (Nebraska politicians Holloran, Erdman and Brewer are attacking Gailey because she and her group, Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, blocked NRA legislation.)

Gailey was not doing anything wrong using her 1st Amendment rights, but the politicians think she should be more civil. They believe professors should model what they call "right behavior" propriety, civility and respect for opposing viewpoints, which they state "used to be the hallmarks of a good education at UNL." (Link)

Also Gov. Pete Ricketts rescinded Gailey's "Admiral in the Nebraska Navy" award after Gailey testified against a bill the governor supported. Nebraska is a landlocked state, it's a joke award given to people who are nominated by friends. Ricketts is speaking at the NRA convention this Friday.

The coordination that the NRA complains about and the threats that they talk about are classic projection. They pitched the idea to Carlson, who sent a producer out with the premise, "Liberal snowflakes don't like it when THEY are protested!" This is a variation of the tactic used by James O'Keefe and his people or the Turning Point USA people (who also are very involved going after Gailey and other professors at UNL) They try to turn the tables on liberals with false equivalencies, "You liberals say you are tolerant but you won't tolerate my hate speech!"

Assault Rifles vs Assault Posters

Two days ago, in Phoenix there was a "die in" calling for better gun laws in Arizona. A group called Arizona Patriots protested the students and teachers by yelling at them while open carrying handguns on their hips.
Jennifer Harrison, of Arizona Patriot who shouted at children
at a protest in Phoenix while carrying a gun.

Another photo of  Jennifer Harrison and Arizona Patriots
with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

There is a qualitative difference between an armed protest and a paper one. In Arizona they are both legal. Does Tucker see these as something that normal and "decent people do?"

When the professor brought up protesters going to the Coxs' house he said, "I'm assuming he's armed." Carson pulls back, "It's not a matter about being armed, I hope we aren't suggesting it's going to get to gun play. I'm asking a philosophical question."

Yeah right. The classic NRA open carry gun toter philosophical question, "I'm just showing off my 2nd Amendment right on my hip. What are you afraid of? The gun is just an inanimate object. It's all legal."

One of the ways that the NRA uses its power is to unleash its fan base against individuals who oppose them. They especially love to go after women. They like to tell them just how afraid they should be if they don't carry guns. And then some show up with their guns as proof that it's a scary world out there.
Arizona Patriots. Note the white power hand sign. 
Keep an eye out for these individuals, you see it turns out that for many of them it is NOT legal for them to carry.

As we have been seeing in Florida and other states, people who shouldn't legally have guns, do. Sometimes the system just hasn't caught up with their mental health issues.

I always suggest to my activist friends "ABR. Always Be Recording" Video can be useful in the future. I know, I'm from it!

Updated to add photos and fix wordos.