Laura Loomer has repeatedly claimed that her natural right to own a gun has been violated by the Federal Government due to her politics. She writes:
What I haven’t shared with you is that last year, I found out my 2nd Amendment rights have also been stripped without warning or explanation.
That’s right, I – a young woman who faces constant death threats – cannot own or possess a firearm for my own personal protection. My 2nd Amendment right has been BANNED.
While I have NEVER been convicted of a felony, domestic violence, and I’ve never been adjudicated mentally unfit by a judge, my name was placed in the Federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and I have been prohibited from ever owning or even touching a firearm.
It’s called “Red Flagging”.
The only people who have the ability to put you in the NICS database is the FBI.
I learned during my campaign for Congress that despite the fact that I have never been charged or convicted of any crime whatsoever, my name had been placed on a secret Federal “no buy” list maintained by the FBI, which prohibited me from my legal right to buy a firearm.
My name landed on this secret “no buy” list shortly after I questioned the former FBI director James Comey at his first book signing event about a number of lies in his published memoir. I was acting entirely legally in my role as an investigative journalist and as an attendee of the event.
As a result, I’ve lost my rights to protect myself and my home.
But, with your help I WILL be getting my rights restored.
I’ve been sitting on this news for months while others helped me investigate and find out why I’ve been Red Flagged.
I’ve had the deepest background checks run against me . . . and I don’t even have a speeding ticket.
We’ve concluded the obvious . . . I had my 2nd Amendment Rights stripped due to my political views and activism.
Given that the FBI is the only organization that can put you in the NICS database, I have reason to believe that I’ve been targeted by the FBI.
Naturally, leftists dispute this. A Google search for “Was Laura Loomer denied gun ownership for politics” features a “fact-checking” site called “Misbar” at the very top.
Note that Google results are not random; they’re manipulated by Google to promote its “progressive” agenda. In this case, Duckduckgo yields similar results, as it also has a leftist agenda.
Misbar is primarily an Arabic-language website/blog, and it’s sympathetic to Islam. This might provide some insight, as Muslims are not fond of Laura Loomer; she keeps exposing their misdeeds – making her an “Islamophobe.”
Here’s the Misbar “fact-check:”
Laura Loomer Was Not Denied Gun Ownership Due to Politics
Misbar’s analysis finds Loomer’s claim that her political beliefs are the reason why she has been banned from owning a gun to be false…
She goes on to claim she has never been convicted of a felony or of domestic violence, and has never been deemed mentally unfit. Nonetheless, her name appears on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as not cleared to purchase a firearm. The FBI’s website lists several ways a person’s name can wind up on the list including misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, being under indictment, and the vaguely titled category of “state prohibitor.” A state prohibitor is a specific state’s reason for adding a person to the NICS.
At the end of her blog post, Loomer states her intention to sue over improper denial on the NICS and requests donations to help her do so. From an in-depth study of the NICS by the Federation of American Scientists, between 1998 and 2018, one-fifth of denials were appealed (which Loomer has already done), and one-tenth of those appeals were actually overturned. Most of the overturned cases were due to misidentifying the denied person. Also, according to the official NICS guidelines, Section 25.10, Loomer can obtain the reason for her denial.
Loomer has faced arrest and possible convictions in several cases. In 2017 she was arrested for public disturbance after storming on stage during a theater production of “Julius Caesar.” She is accused of jumping the fence to Nancy Pelosi’s California home, and climbing the fence to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s home while wearing a sombrero.
While Loomer posted proof that she had been denied, there is no proof that the denial has anything to do with her political beliefs.
Misbar’s “analysis” uses several slights of hand to make readers believe it’s legitimate.
Firstly, it includes narratives that have nothing to do with the claim at hand. How is it relevant that Loomer is a “self-proclaimed Islamophobe?” How would her being banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have any bearing on the voracity of her claim? If anything, it adds credence to Loomer’s claim – especially now that it’s become even more clear that government and Big Tech have been colluding. In essense, what Misbar is saying is:
Loomer is a bad person, because she was banned from social media, and because she doesn’t like Islam. Therefore, her claims of political persecution CAN’T be true!
The “analysis” blurs the line between having been arrested/possible convictions with actual convictions. It looks like this obfuscation is intentional. I’m not an attorney, but my research on why people can have their gun-ownership rights rescinded shows that it’s only CONVICTIONS (or ongoing investigations) that count, and even then, only certain ones. Loomer (correctly) points out that she’s never been convicted of such a serious crime. The “fact-check” neglects to make this distinction, even though it does quote Loomer.
Thirdly, the “fact-check,” AT BEST, makes a case that Loomer’s claim isn’t proven. It doesn’t even remotely establish that it’s false. The casual reader, having read the header and the “Misbar Classification” would conclude that Loomer’s claim was proven to be false.
The Misbar article links to The Trace, where the 12 most likely reasons for FBI denial of firearm purchases. None of those reasons apply to Loomer – except perhaps number 10, which reads:
10. Federally Denied Persons File: 6,367
This is a catch-all category that includes various people whom the FBI deems ineligible to possess a firearm even though the relevant state records may not be entered into NICS or the National Crime Information Center. Also included in the Federally Denied Persons File are people who may not possess guns as a result of a deferred judgement.
If this is the category that Loomer falls under, then it begs the question: Yes, we know that the FBI deemed Loomer ineligible to purchase a firearm. We want to know WHY. Given the FBI’s recent history of bias, we wouldn’t be out of line to suspect dishonorable motives.
In my opinion, Loomer’s claim is plausible. Hopefully, time will tell if it’s actually true. I strongly suspect that it is. I’d like to know how many leftist agitators have had their gun rights stripped from them for similar “offenses.” Probably none.
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