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HYPOCRISY: Anti-2A Sheriff Scott Israel Hires Same Attorney as Parkland Shooter Gun Salespeople

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A new revelation has emerged in the story of embattled Sheriff Scott J. Israel of the Broward County, FL Sheriff’s Office.

Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer dropped more bombshell news in an interview with 850WFTL this morning, on the heels of her report that Israel will be removed as Sheriff next week.

Not only is Israel inept, he is also a hypocrite.

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Israel, who has taken an anti-Second Amendment stance since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead, has retained former FBI Agent and Criminal Defense attorney Stuart Kaplan to defend him.

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LISTEN to the explosive interview:

In a massive conflict of interest, Kaplan is also defending Michael and Lisa Morrison, owners of Sunrise Tactical Supply, the gun store that allegedly sold suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz the AR-15 he used in the massacre.

Furthermore, Kaplan is a CNN contributor and guest.

Kaplan addressed the media with fellow defense attorney Douglas Rudman regarding their defense of the gun store owners on February 15:

Not only has Israel hired the same attorney as Sunrise Tactical, but Kaplan’s tenure in the FBI presents another clear conflict of interest. Kaplan speaks as an expert on the FBI regularly for CNN. He has an undoubtable interest in defending the nation’s top law enforcement agency. Yet he will be representing Israel and Sunrise Tactical in potential lawsuits that could pit him directly against the FBI.

Loomer reported this week that Florida Governor Rick Scott has called for the FBI Director Christopher Wray’s resignation over the agency’s handling of the Parkland shooting. Both the FBI and Broward Sheriff’s office were warned multiple times – the Sheriff’s office 35 times – about Cruz’s violent behavior. The negligence of both organizations has been widely discussed.

Loomer wrote:

“During the IG’s testimony last week, FBI director Christopher Wray was asked about the Parkland school shooting. When asked, Wray declined to answer any questions about the shooting and Sheriff Israel, citing that it was an active FBI investigation. Following the Parkland shooting, Governor Scott called for Director Wray to resign over the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Nikolas Cruz, 19, the school shooter whose plans to carry out a school shooting were reported to the FBI twice prior to the shooting on Valentine’s Day.

‘We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign,’ Governor Scott said.”

Loomer Passage Ends.

The Sheriff has been particularly outspoken about the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, the same one used by Nikolas Cruz during the Parkland shooting and purchased from Sunrise Tactical supply.

“It produces great carnage. It’s a devastating weapon,” Israel said on MSNBC on February 15, the day after the shooting.

Loomer was quick to nail the Sheriff for his hypocrisy on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/LauraLoomer/status/1014950039184166912

“[Scott Israel] wants you to know that he’s SO ANTI GUN & ANTI AR15 that he personally hired Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan, who is also *coincidentally* a former FBI agent who’s also representing the gun store owners who sold the #Parkland shooter an AR15,” she wrote.

Hunter Pollack, brother of Meadow Pollack who was slain in the shooting, also weighed in on Twitter.

“The [Broward Sheriff] who begs for gun control, is being represented by the lawyer who represents the gun store owner that sold 18-1958 his gun. So much corruption, conflict of interest? ,” he said.

It is also noteworthy that 850WFTL ambushed Loomer, failing to disclose to her that Kaplan would be co-hosting this morning’s episode of the radio show.

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Massachusetts Gun Store Remaining Open in Defiance of Governor’s “Non-Essential” Declaration

The Gunrunner isn’t closing its doors.

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A Massachusetts gun store is remaining open even after Governor Charlie Baker labeled firearm retail establishments “non-essential” and directive them to close under the commonwealth’s state of emergency declaration.

John Costa, owner of The Gunrunner in Middleboro, believes that the Second Amendment provides his gun store with authorization to remain open.

Costa explained that “under the second amendment we have every right to defend ourselves,” justifying the operations of The Gunrunner. Business has been booming at the store according to Costa, with unprecedented amounts of gun purchasers patronizing the establishment despite Baker’s command that they stay away.

Baker expressed discontent at a Wednesday press conference upon learning that some gun stores in the commonwealth were remaining open.

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They shouldn’t have been open last week. The only folks on the firearm side that have been essential been in Massachusetts since we issued the initial order are manufacturers.

Costa is practicing social distancing measures, as well. He’s not even letting customers to enter the physical space of his store. Instead, potential gun buyers are describing the kind of gun they want for Costa to bring it out to them curbside. It’s hard to imagine more stringent social distancing measures being utilized by any business, but it’s not good enough for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The store has received a cease-and-desist order from town officials after declining to close in accordance with state directives. Gun stores aren’t included as essential retailers in the proclamation issued by Massachusetts’ nominally Republican governor, and he’s going to greater lengths to close them than progressive Democrats in states such as New Jersey and California. Governors and sheriffs in both states caved when the Trump administration declared firearms retailers to be essential businesses under updated DHS guidelines, but Baker is steadfast in insisting that gun retailers close.

Americans have shattered previous monthly records for firearms purchases during the month of March, showing a desire to lawfully acquire arms that correlates sharply with the coronavirus epidemic. With an unprecedented demand for guns among the public, policy makers should think twice about arbitrarily demanding the industry shut down.

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