Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dr. Eowyn: Illinois State Assembly approves gun confiscation bill

The state legislature of Illinois has approved a bill, HB 1465, which:
  • Requires 18 to 20-year-olds to hand over or transfer ownership of heretofore legally possessed “assault weapons” — which the NRA-ILA describes as commonly-owned “semi-automatic firearms” — as well as any magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.
  • Bans the sale of certain types of semi-automatic weapons to individuals under age 21.
  • Makes owning such a weapon by persons under age 21 a Class 3 felony for a first offense and a Class 2 felony for a second offense.
The government forcing people to forfeit or hand over weapons previously deemed legal is confiscation.
On February 28, 2018, the bill was passed by a vote of 64-51 in the State House of Representatives. On March 14, 2018, the Illinois State Senate passed the bill by a vote of 33-22. Both the House and Senate are controlled by a Democrat majority.
HB 1465 was introduced in Illinois’ House by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D). The bill’s 23 co-sponsors are all Democrats: 16 females, 7 males.
HB 1465 was introduced in Illinois’ Senate by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). There were 7 co-sponsors, among whom was Republican Sen. Jim Oberweis, whom the NRA had given an “A” rating in 2014.
The bill deviates from the traditional military definition of assault rifle, requiring the weapon to be capable of selective fire options like three round bursts and fully-automatic, and instead defines it as any semi-automatic rifle or pistol with a belt or magazine fed system capable of more than 10 rounds or featuring a folding stock or the ability to accept tactical attachments such as scopes. The definition also includes some .50 caliber rifles.
Critics of the gun confiscation bill were taken aback by “the idea that the government would confiscate property.” The bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Michelle Mussman, responded to these concerns by assuring them “authorities will not visit homes to pick up weapons.” Rather, “a first offense for getting caught with prohibited firearms would be a misdemeanor offense.”
After the state Senate passed the bill, HB 1465 must go back to the House for reconciliation because the Senate added an amendment, meant to attract Republican support for the bill, which would allow individuals who owned such weapons prior to the passage of the law to use that fact as an affirmative defense when facing felony charges under the legislation.
But Sen. Chapin Rose (R) told Watchdog.org that the amendment would not necessarily protect owners of the weapons from facing felony charges if they do not surrender them. He believes the bill should have exempted current owners of the weapons from facing charges, rather than just offering them an affirmative defense while under arrest.
If Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs the bill, HB 1465 will become law. Residents under the age of 21 will have 90 days to turn over the guns and magazines.
Rauner recently vetoed a bill that would have required gun retailers to be licensed by the state, claiming that to be “unnecessary, burdensome regulation.” Gubernatorial vetoes can be overturned by a three-fifths majority vote in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly.
Illinois also recently passed other gun control bills in addition to the gun confiscation HB 1465:
  • The Illinois State Senate passed HB 1467, which bans bump stocks and trigger cranks, and added an amendment to that bill allowing localities to ban what it defines as assault weapons, potentially creating different gun laws on a town-by-town basis in Illinois.
  • The Illinois House of Representatives passed HB 1468, which would impose a 72-hour waiting period on purchases of items defined as assault weapons. The Senate has yet to vote on the measure.

OPERATION HOGGWASH: The Strange Case of Emma's Enigmatic Parents (Updated)

By Dan Cromer

[Editor's note: From scratch, Emma and David seemed to be too perfect for their roles as though they had been cast in a staged "school shooting" production. When I learned of the interview on 60 Minutes, it seemed highly likely to me that her "parents" had been cast for those roles, too. And that if that were the case, the parents would be lowlifes, willing to scam the public for their own benefit (which could be in the form of payment, expunging their records or other forms of reward). That they turn out to have criminal backgrounds, including drug dealing and child molestation, therefore, came to me as no surprise. How much did 60 Minutes know? Thanks to Dan for another brilliant expose.]

Curiously, the media has reported very little information about the family of Stoneman Douglas High School student, Emma González who seemingly overnight catapulted into the national spotlight as an activist and advocate for gun control. On the other hand, the media almost immediately reported the names and occupations of David Hogg’s parents and featured them along with his younger sister in interviews.

According to Wikipedia, David is originally from Los Angeles, California, but moved to Florida at the beginning of high school. He is the son of Kevin Hogg, a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rebecca Boldrick, a teacher for Broward County Public Schools in Broward County, Florida. He has a younger sister, Lauren.

For Emma, Wikipedia states she was raised in Parkland, Florida and has lived there her entire life. Her mother is a math tutor and her father is a cyber security attorney who immigrated from Cuba to New York City in 1968. She has two older siblings. It was not until their 60 Minutes appearance that aired on March 18, that the media provided a glimpse of Emma’s parents.

[Editor's note: A correspondent, "Anastasia", has observed that, with the criminal record Dan reports about Jose below, he would appear to be disqualified from serving as an attorney, cyber security or not. She has sent a link that lists two Florida attorneys with similar names, neither of whom appears to be our "Jose". Dan may have stumbled across a fake report, where he provides us with an update below.]

The 60 Minutes interview conducted at the González home in Parkland, FL provided just one quick shot of her father (who they did not name) but did feature a short interview with her mother, who was only referred to as “Beth”.

Elizabeth and Jose moved to Parkland, FL in November 1998 and still live there today:


Elizabeth has a criminal record and acting credits, too

It may now be apparent as to why the media has been concealing the identities of Emma’s parents. Her mother’s name is Elizabeth (Wiegard) González and while she currently may be a “math tutor”, her past reveals many years of work in the television and film industry and a criminal record that includes Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

According to (what appears to be) her IMBd profile, she has numerous television and film credits including Director. Perhaps, this is why she was interviewed and not the father.

When Elizabeth and husband, Jose Emilio González lived in Dallas, TX, she was charged for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Cocaine 4 grams):

Jose Gonzalez: Criminal Records for Possession and Child Molestation

Records for Jose E. Gonzalez reveal a wide variety of seemingly unrelated careers and an enormously long list of criminal records including Possession of a Controlled Substance and Child Molestation while in Dallas, TX.

Possession of a Controlled Substance charges:

Child Molestation and Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes:

In addition, Jose’s criminal records include multiple charges for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Intoxicated, Alcohol Intoxication in a Public Place, Probation Violation and Assault:


By contrast, reports that he is an attorney look like fabrications

According to this listing, Jose E. Gonzalez has an office in the Maimi/Fort Lauderdale area:

But his registration is in New York, not in Florida, which raises suspicions that it's fake:

Also, Jose E. Gonzalez has no website or photos. A Yelp profile exists for Jose A. Gonzalez:

The address is listed at 22-55 31st St, Ste 206B, Astoria, NY 11105, which does not appear at Google maps:

Where the best we can do in identifying the exact location raises more questions than it answers:

Regardless of merits of Jose A. Gonzalez, who may well be an attorney, we can find no substantiation that Jose E. Gonzalez practices law, which casts the entire 60 Minutes interview further into doubt.  


Elizbeth and Jose do not appear to have a daughter, Emma

Most puzzling of all, it appears that Elizabeth and Jose do not even have a daughter named "Emma".  They do have two sons, Desmond and Cary as noted in Emma’s Wikipedia profile but there appears to be no evidence that she is a member of this family based on background information.

Also, Emma does not appear on the list of registered voters for the González residence in Parkland, FL. Certainly, it stands to reason that she would be registered to vote given all of her advocacy work. 

Equally puzzling, David Hogg does not appear to be the son of Kevin Hogg and Rebecca Boldrick according to background information.  Their daughter, Lauren is included but not David.

The Gonzalez and Hogg Families may even be related

Furthermore, it appears that the González and Hogg families may in fact be related.  At what appears to be Elizabeth’s Facebook account, her friends include Margarita and Guadalupe González, the mother-in-law and sister-in-law of Kevin Hogg’s sister Katherine González.

And another oddity, why did a dog drive by Emma and David in a truck during their CNN fake news interview?

Dan Cromer, an IT expert, was the first to discern that the audio from the Las Vegas concert was too high quality and had been prerecorded with sound effects of machine guns and military weapons, which were being complemented by special visual effects and an audience seeded with crisis actors. His research is based upon pubic records. Please contact the editor regarding any possible discrepancies.