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Posted: 9/3/2021 5:37:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2021 5:58:32 PM EDT by scuba_steve]
(where there is also a copy of the complaint, filed in Fairfax County)
Back on June 9, a VA-ALERT item talked about how the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) libeled VCDL and its members by saying VCDL is a “Domestic Terror Organization” in a press release. That press release was published in the media, spreading that defamation.
From the CSGV press release:
“Virginia cannot afford to elect Glenn Youngkin and his outdated and harmful stance on gun violence. His willingness to say anything for a vote is deeply troubling, as we’ve already seen him cozying up to those with deep ties to those at the forefront of the insurrectionist movement, like Senator Amanda Chase and the domestic terror organization, the Virginia Citizens Defense League.”
Here is the FBI’s definition of a “domestic terror organization:”
“Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.” (https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/terrorism)
VCDL has never even been accused of being involved with or committing any kind of violence, much less a violent criminal act.
VCDL is suing CSGV for libel and Mr. Joel Kanter, the Chairman of the Board of CSGV, has been served the papers. We await CSGV’s initial response, which is due by September 18. Once we have the response, we will update you again.
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Good. IMO they didn't ask for enough in punitive damages.
Should put this in GD
They might have a solid case here. They sent out a public notice in regard to an organization by calling them a terrorist organization despite not being classified as one. I don't think this is a protective speech because domestic terrorist has a very specific definition.
According to the FBI, a domestic terrorist is someone who:
Violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.
VCDL never did any of those things.
Didn't see anything in the alert about members directly supporting the suit.
That's the kind of thing that gets me to pry open my wallet.
Hell Bulldog!.... any idea what's the best pathway to support this?
General Fund it shall be.
I am feeling motivated---Thanks!
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