The leader of the extremist American Firearms Association said on Monday that FBI agents recently appeared at his former home, called his wife and questioned his neighbors as part of a criminal investigation into threats of political violence against members of Congress.
Christopher Dorr, the chairman of the far-right gun rights group, casually revealed these bombshell details in an otherwise general fundraising email to supporters.
“They interviewed my neighbors and then called my wife on the phone and demanded to speak to me under the guise of a criminal investigation into ‘the Dorr Brothers’ and our fight for the Second Amendment in Congress and in state legislatures across America!” Dorr said in the email, which came with the subject line, “Biden sent the FBI to my front door.”
He said FBI agents told him they were investigating an anonymous complaint that AFA this summer sent emails to supporters encouraging violence against politicians in Washington DC as lawmakers tried to pass gun safety legislation.
“’Anonymous complaints. Political violence.’ Yes, that’s right,” Dorr’s email says. “The real purpose of the FBI was clear: to scare us into sitting out the 2022 midterm elections so that Michael Bloomberg could bring a sledgehammer to our right to keep and carry guns.”
Here’s a screenshot of the email:
Just as casually as Dorr mentioned that he was under criminal investigation, he later said the FBI investigation “is gone for now.”
“Our legal team in DC immediately became involved and resolved the situation,” he said.
The Bharat Express News contacted the FBI and AFA to confirm whether or not the group is under criminal investigation. Neither of them responded immediately.
What is clear from Dorr’s rhetoric and attacks on the FBI is that he wants AFA supporters to line him up with former President Donald Trump, who routinely makes false claims that he and his supporters are being persecuted for political versus legitimate reasons.
“It’s no surprise,” Dorr continued in the email, referring to the FBI investigating him. “In his speech last week, our demented chief said that MAGA Republicans and gun owners like you and me are ‘extremists’ and that we are ‘enemies of the state’!’
“This is bad stuff,” he added. “The arming of a country’s law enforcement agencies to harass, intimidate and even falsely imprison political opponents is a telltale sign of a nation sliding into anarchy — and you and I see this happening in real time.”
What Dorr failed to mention, assuming his claims are entirely accurate, is that the FBI certainly has a case for investigating AFA, given the dangerous language it has used in its recent fundraising emails. It happened in plain sight.
In June, the AFA sent an email to supporters urging them to prepare for the “battle” at the US Capitol while lawmakers accelerated efforts to pass the bipartisan gun safety legislation. Dorr’s warnings in that email mirror Trump’s statements on Jan. 6, 2021, when he… beat his supporters during a rally to storm the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as president. That led to a violent uprising.
“They are coming after us now,” Dorr wrote in the June email. “Our federal legislative team believes that because of the sheer scale of the battle this week in DC, there will be thousands, or even tens of thousands, of Bloomberg-funded, red-shirt-radical, commie mamas all over the Capitol complex.”
“This is their Super Bowl,” he added. “You and I should look at this fight in exactly the same way.”
Like Trump, Dorr also missed an opportunity to use overheated rhetoric and attacks on federal law enforcement to ask for money.
“We must stand up to this madman and very radical left before it is too late! Help us with that; donate TODAY!” concludes the email, with links to give him money.
“PS If you have yet to sign up or renew your AFA membership before 2022, do it today (free t-shirt included)!”