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March 7, 2019
Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire Statement on the ‘Pearl Controversy’ and Deflection from Dangerous Red Flag Bill
Concord, NH – The Women’s Defense League of NH strongly condemns out-of-state activists deflecting a debate on the merits of HB 687, a bill they have financed – onto legislators who may hold opinion different than theirs.
Kimberly Morin, President of the League, repeatedly informed media that “Pearls represent support of the Women’s Defense League and support of actual women’s rights. WDL has worn and distributed them for years, dating back to our early work on repealing nearly 100 years of ethic and gender discrimination by passing Constitutional Carry. Even Governor Sununu received a strand when he signed the bill in February 2017. Their outrage is textbook Saul Alinksy’s “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
How the Pearls Began
The Women’s Defense League of NH always attends public hearings dressed professionally. Several years ago, our legislative team happened to randomly all be wearing pearls to a public hearing on Constitutional Carry. At the hearing, gun-control extremists claimed to the media that they felt they were “in front of a firing squad.” We thought that was strange since we were just Moms as well but on the opposite side and decided to make pearls our trademark since it was the one item we all had in common that day.
The pearls have come to symbolize the Women’s Defense League and women who support actual women’s rights. We distribute them to Second Amendment supporters and legislators as a sign of their support for the League and women’s rights.
The pearl deflection is a deliberate effort by out-of-state gun-control extremists to distract the media and reasonable citizens from the dangers of the Red Flag bill, House Bill 687, which is also being pushed by an out-of-state gun control organization that has, according the reports filed with the NH Secretary of State, spent $70,000 so far in efforts to pass the bill.
New Hampshire already has laws that allow involuntary admission for mental health services if it is reasonably believed that a person may harm themselves or others. The Red Flag bill is a violation of the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
Ms. Morin adds, “This bill’s true objective isn’t about protection, it’s about firearm confiscation.”
The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will vote on HB 687 next week, on Wednesday, March 13th beginning at 10:00am. This “controversy” is a way to distract people from focusing on the bill and the harm it will bring to NH’s law-abiding citizens.
HB 687 is sponsored by Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19; Rep. Fenton, Ches. 8; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Rep. Espitia, Hills. 31; Rep. Mulligan, Graf. 12; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Dietsch, Dist 9; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10
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