In 2010, I used to be in Helmand Province in Afghanistan and our unit was offering safety for the Afghan Election Board. Over the approaching weeks, I noticed the election board comprised of greater than 20 males trip round in an outdated dump truck whereas getting shot at and blown up. They and their households have been threatened and killed by the Taliban. The Taliban didn’t need a free and thriving Afghanistan; the Taliban wished energy, cash, management over politicians, to terrorize ladies and to extort those who didn’t do their bidding. However these males in a dump truck made historical past by holding the primary elections in generations that allowed ladies to vote.

Once I obtained out of the Marines, I vowed to have that very same resolve and serve People that wouldn’t have a voice.

That’s the reason I need to reveal the Rocky Mountain Gun Homeowners group for what it’s: Colorado’s Taliban.

Anybody who has been round politics in Colorado for a minimum of an election or two is aware of that RMGO and its chief Dudley Brown have bullied extra Republicans than Democrats since its inception as a nonprofit in 1996 that advocates for gun rights.

These are the Chicago-style techniques employed by RMGO and its cronies to punish Republicans who don’t march in lockstep with their agenda.

To be honest, Dudley Brown brags about not being Republican. Truly, he as soon as stated in an interview: “If it’s a bunch of charging RINOs (Republicans in title solely), you higher shoot the very lead one otherwise you’re by no means going to cease all of them.” By declaring the evil that’s RMGO, I’m not attacking Republicans, fairly the alternative.

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RMGO has raised tens of millions of {dollars} for pro-Second Modification laws, but RMGO hasn’t been in a position to get one invoice handed in virtually 25 years. Brown as a substitute advised speak radio he tried to damage former Republican state Rep. Cole Wist’s life within the 2018 marketing campaign season as a result of he supported a proposed red-flag regulation. I used to be very publicly towards that invoice, however at no level did I need to lose extra Republican seats to the Democrats, as we did in Wist’s previously aggressive Home District 37. That technique is what’s going to flip our state blue for good.

Even former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo got here out towards RMGO and Brown’s technique of forcing “politicians to bop to his tune.”

In Might I spoke out on social media. RMGO had launched an effort to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan, the Democrat who had defeated Wist and brought his seat within the Colorado Home. Members of the Republican Occasion’s management supported RMGO’s efforts and this felt like a mistake.

A number of weeks later I wrote on Twitter: “I nonetheless haven’t discovered 1 particular person to clarify to me how having @dudleywbrown, @RMGunOwners, & @NatlGunRights wherever close to @cologop & Rep. @Sully_720 recall might be a wise strategic alternative when the #Democrats may have a male that matches their stereotype of #Republicans. #copolitics.”

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After that put up, I acquired three calls from nameless males who threatened me and my household if I didn’t again off RMGO and Dudley Brown. Nobody messes with my household, particularly cowards.

Then issues obtained worse. On Might 30th at 2:50 p.m. I acquired a name from the chief of workers for the Colorado Home Republicans. Jim Pfaff works immediately for Home Minority Chief Patrick Neville. He requested once I was going to cease attacking RMGO and Dudley Brown. I responded, “I’m not going to cease.”

Pfaff then threatened to smear me with rumors — false rumors that I had heard earlier than from somebody near RMGO attempting to affect my selections — that I had rigged the get together chair election and had inappropriate relationships with ladies within the Republican Occasion. I advised Pfaff that I had already heard these faux rumors and it was outdated information. Pfaff said, “I’m certain I’ll discover extra on you.”

I used to be shocked that the Home GOP chief of workers would defend a proud attacker of Republican candidates whereas doing opposition analysis and attempting to extort a supporter of Republicans. On the finish of the dialog, Jim Pfaff stated he was going to put up on Twitter that we had agreed to work collectively and that I ought to remark or retweet it after. Pfaff was assured that the extortion labored.

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Pfaff made his Twitter put up however clearly, his name didn’t work as supposed. As a substitute, I wrote this op-ed.

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