BREAKING: The top communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services accused career government scientists of plotting against President Trump and told Trump supporters to arm themselves ahead of the November presidential election. thehill.com/policy/healthc…
In a Facebook Live video, HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo said, "When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin. If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it's going to be hard to get."
Caputo, whose twitter account was either disabled or suspended, also suggested without evidence that the killing of a Trump supporter in Portland was part of larger left-wing plot: “Remember the Trump supporter who was shot and killed? That was a drill."
Caputo moved to Russia in 1994 after the fall of the Soviet Union and advised Boris Yeltsin while working for the US Agency for International Development. In 2000, he worked with the Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to "improve Putin’s image in America." amp.democratandchronicle.com/amp/480080001#…
So why is Caputo fueling conspiracy theories and telling Trump supporters to buy guns and ammo prior to the November elections? Because the resulting chaos and gun sales benefit two of Trump's key benefactors: Russia and the @NRA. npr.org/2019/09/27/764…

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4 Sep
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon devotee and frontrunner for a Georgia Congress seat, posted a photo of herself holding an AR-15 while saying she wants to go on the "offense" against women in Congress known as the Squad: @AOC, @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib forbes.com/sites/jackbrew…
In the Facebook post, Greene wrote that America needs “strong conservative Christians” to “go on the offense against these socialists who want to rip our country apart.” She has said that Muslims do not belong in government (Tlaib and Omar are both Muslim).

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What will it take for Republicans to oppose Greene’s dangerous conspiracy theories and endangerment of members of Congress? Facebook posts like these are a threat to public safety, and Republicans need to take a stand and call them what they really are: a threat to democracy.
Read 6 tweets
3 Sep
With today’s NYT explosive piece about the @NRA, I thought it would be a good time to check in on the NRA’s terrible, no good, very bad year: nytimes.com/2020/09/03/us/…

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Let’s start with the big one. Last month, NY AG Tish James filed suit against the @NRA for fraud and self dealing that seeks to dissolve the NRA in its entirety. washingtonpost.com/politics/nra-l…
On the same day, DC AG Karl Racine filed suit against the @NRA for exerting undue influence on its so-called foundation. washingtonian.com/2020/08/06/dc-…
Read 12 tweets
3 Sep
Our organization just released the results of a first-of-its-kind study with the Georgia Institute of Technology showing that active shooter drills are associated with significant and lasting increases in depression, anxiety and fear of death among students, parents and teachers.
After analyzing 28M social media posts in the 90 days before and after local active shooter drills, Georgia Tech and @Everytown researchers found these harmful emotions lasted at least 90 days post-drills in districts across the US using a wide variety of drill tactics.
After active shooter drills, anxiety increased most in high school communities and depression increased most in middle schools. There was a statistically significant increase in posts with words like pain, blood, and pills, as well as posts about social and personal concerns.
Read 8 tweets
26 Aug
This is Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, an Illinois resident who was just charged with first-degree murder of two people last night in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This teen, whose social media history is full of misogyny and white supremacy, had easy access to an AR-15.
In recent months, gun violence has broken out at protests against violence against Black Americans by police. In Albuquerque, a man was shot and wounded in June during a protest. In Portland, protests were escalated this weekend by white supremacists with rifles and handguns.
Armed insurrectionists and white supremacists are exploiting America’s dangerous and unpopular “open carry loophole,” which enables them to open carry military-style firearms in most states with little to no regulation. everytownresearch.org/report/covid-a…
Read 4 tweets
25 Aug
More than one hundred Americans are shot and killed every day –– and twice that many have been wounded –– in mass shootings, incidents of daily gun violence, unintentional gun violence, and gun suicide. #RNCConvention2020
But instead of taking meaningful action to reduce gun violence, President Trump has blocked common-sense gun laws, bowed to the @NRA, incited violence, and fanned the flames of white supremacy.
Here are eights ways President Trump, with help from the corrupt NRA, has failed to keep Americans safe from gun violence:
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24 Aug
BREAKING: Witnesses say a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was tasered and then shot several times by police after he broke up a fight between two women. His condition is unknown. #wileg kenoshanews.com/news/local/wat…
UPDATE: The Kenosha man’s name has not yet been released, but he’s reportedly in “serious condition.” The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation said they will investigate this officer-involved shooting. #BlackLivesMatter kenoshanews.com/news/local/wat…
This is the man who was shot today by Kenosha police: Jacob Blake. According to witnesses he was shot seven times in front of his children. #wileg #BlackLivesMatter
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