Today's St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column talked about the laughable campaign that the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence started yesterday to pressure Examiner.com into dropping me as a writer, and maybe even (get this) get me arrested for "Advocating Overthrow of Government".
The "strategist" behind this, especially the get-me-arrested part, is Michael Bannerman (aka "Laci the Dog"), whom we most recently discussed here. Laci the Bannerman . . . oops, I mean Michael the Dog . . . hell--something like that--is an apparently severely mentally handicapped attorney.
Interestingly (well, "hilariously" is more accurate), Bannerman, who enthusiastically parrots CSGV's charges against me of "treason," and of being a "traitor," has himself publicly expressed his great admiration for Benedict Arnold.
Unfortunately, by the time I wrote today's column, Bannerman had, for whatever reason (and that is an interesting question), made his plans for my demise, as outlined on CSGV's Facebook page, unavailable for viewing, by the rather extreme method of closing his Facebook account altogether. But then again . . .
. . . The internet never forgets, and Google Cache comes to the rescue. Don't know how long that will be up, so I of course took screen captures (click to enlarge):
Update: Oops--apparently, Bannerman's Facebook account is still active after all--just blocked from my eyes. Going to his comments in a browser in which I am not logged into Facebook, I see them just fine. Sorry for the confusion.
Most of the details (such as they are) appear in the second one. Here are some "highlights":
report Hofmann here https://tips.fbi.govAnd . . .
FBI — Tips
The information I've provided on this form is correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that providing false information could subject me to fine, imprisonment, or both. (Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1001).
BTW, this violates the examiner's ToS: 6. Prohibited Content and Activities You agree that you will not post to the Site, or use the Site to transmit or make available any Content that: violates any laws or regulations, contains any threats, is abusive, tortious, harassing, vulgar, obscene, indecent, violates any person's rights of privacy or publicity, is defamatory, libelous, hateful, contains any disparaging statements or opinions regarding racial, gender or ethnic background, or is otherwise objectionable;And . . .
I think if enough complaints are made to the examiner at: email@example.com't forget to cite 18 USC CHAPTER 115, Specifically, 18 U.S.C. § 2385, which violates the ToS. And the FBI, they'll begin to get the message.
Oh--CSGV was quite interested in pursuing this:
Michael, please email us your reading of that case law at firstname.lastname@example.orgPerhaps the most interesting of Bannerman's comments, though, was the last one:
Michael Bannerman I am posting this at the Brady Discussion group. Additionally, I would also suggest that other also fille [sic] a complaint to the FBI using the above link. Dennis v. US says this is treason, and anyone who lived through the 60s knows that the left was persecuted by this statute.
What I find interesting about this is not that Bannerman is whining about the supposed "double standard" of prosecuting a commie in the Dennis v. U.S. case--that's too predictable to be interesting. No, the interesting part is that he complains that "the left was 'persecuted' [not 'prosecuted']." In other words, he seems to be basically admitting that what he wants for me is not prosecution for some notional crime that I obviously never committed, but persecution, for daring to say things that offended his delicate sensibilities.
That would piss me off, if it weren't so hysterically hilarious that he apparently thought (and perhaps still does) that this has some chance of actually working. No hard feelings here--I'll just continue to laugh at his dumb ass.
By the way, am supremely grateful for the support of several of my favorite bloggers:
Why Does CSGV Feel So Threatened By A Blogger In A Wheelchair?
Friday CSGV Nuttery Dump.
The Hofmann Menace
John Richardson asks: Why Does CSGV Feel So Threatened By A Blogger In A Wheelchair?
Ladd Everitt/CSGV Get Their Censorship On