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A Second Amendment Advocate's Foe Gets All Up In His Namespace

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, January 31 2013

Derek Bovard, a conservative in Colorado who recently donated Organizingforaction.net to the National Rifle Association, is getting a taste of his own medicine.

Eric Gray, the communications director for the Georgia Democrats, has registered Bovard's name and pointed the domains to Wikipedia's entry on the Sandy Hook shootings. The domains in question are derekbovard.com, .net, .org and .info. Bovard still has access to a bunch of other extensions, such as .us or .name, to name a couple. Gray emphasized during a phone conversation that he's acting on his own volition and funds for the purchases came out of his own pocket.

He first discovered the Los Angeles Times reporter Matea Gold's story about Bovard and OrganizingforAction.com and .netthrough Facebook. His reaction? "It was just mean," Gray thought to himself. So he went ahead and registered the names online.

"For a computer technician not to register his own name when he's pulling tricks like this is really unbelievable," he said. "The point I'm trying to make is that you don't have to be a bully."

Gray is willing to part with the domains on the same terms set out by Bovard, which means that he'd be willing to sell them back to him for $10,000.

"My mom said something funny. For years, she said: 'If you're going to be stupid, you'd better be tough.' I felt he was being kinda stupid, and he should have a taste of his own medicine."

I've reached out to Bovard for comment and will post an update if he gets back to me.

Update: Bovard responds: "I'm happy to see this person is exercising his First Amendment right provided to him by a country that was created by the armed 'People.' But obviously blaming me in any way shape or form for what happened at Sandy Hook is just completely ridiculous to people with any common sense, and I feel this is yet another example of blame being placed on the armed citizens of this nation unjustly. This to me makes as much sense as saying everyone that owns a car is a potential murderer because there were other crazy people that committed vehicular manslaughter."

h/t Kevin Bondelli

The headline has been changed to more accurately reflect the fact that Bovard never owned the domain names.