You just have to love Democrats, especially in a deep blue state like Connecticut.
Senate Democrats want to create and fund a new department under the auspices of the Connecticut State Police to focus on combating hate crimes and “violent right-wing extremism.”
No mention is made of “violent left-wing extremism” such as Antifa perpetrated riots. You’ve got to love the hypocrisy.
Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, D- New Haven (an appropriate name if there ever was one), said that Democrats had no intention of persecuting people for their political beliefs but are increasingly concerned about “contemplated, hateful actions.”
Of course, those “hateful actions” are always coming from the right, correct Looney?
“Unfortunately, people who entertain hateful beliefs…are protected as long as [those beliefs] don’t result in hate-crime actions. That’s what we’re talking about,” he said at a news conference at the Legislative Office Building.
“We want to be more aggressive in enforcing our laws and identifying likely sources of potential domestic terrorism acts against religious institutions and ethnic institutions.”
The Democrats was included as part of Senate Democrats’ “A Just Connecticut” agenda. The new department would “specialize in investigating far right extremist groups and individuals” according to a news release.
Once again, why only focus on one side of the extreme wave? This is such a blatant disregard to acknowledge that extremism exists on both sides.
Statistics showed that in 2017, state police in Connecticut reported 111 “bias crime” incidents across the state, up slightly from 2016. Sixty percent of the crimes were motivated by bias based on race, ethnicity or ancestry, while twenty percent were motivated by religious bias. The statistics in the state mirrored national trends.
Most of the racially biased crimes were anti-black, while most of the religious bias crimes were anti-Jewish. The most common form of bias found was intimidation or vandalism, according to the report.
Understandably, Senate Minority Len Fasano, R-North Haven took objection to the proposed language Democrats used in announcing their proposal, while acknowledging there is “strong bipartisan support against any type of terrorism.”
“When they put a right-wing label on extremism, they do that to elicit a political response,” saying that the label was undefined and inappropriate.
He said, however that Republicans “are on the same page” as Democrats when it comes to protecting residents of the state against hate crimes.
In 2017, bipartisan legislation led to changes in the state’s hate crime laws, including “modifying the elements of some of these crimes, broadening the protected classes, and enhancing certain penalties,” the state police report said.
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Brian Foley, executive aide to the commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection said on Wednesday, “Protecting the state from hate crimes is one of our greatest concerns.” DESPP oversees the state police.
“We work closely with many groups, faith-based as well as community groups, to ensure their safety and keep an open line of communication,” Foley continued.
He said that while state police “vigorously monitor, investigate and track” bias, he said they are always looking at ways to improve their service.
Aside from committing acts of violence, it is also a crime in Connecticut to deprive someone of any legally guaranteed right (unless you’re a conservative, apparently), intentionally desecrate religious property, or use burning crosses or nooses to intimidate others.
Sen. Looney said he had recently attended a conference with representatives of the Jewish community in New Haven, where the religious leaders shared “grave concerns” about the security of places of worship.
As part of the effort to combat hate crimes, the legislation would also call for funding to enhance security features at religious facilities throughout the state.
Laura Zimmerman is the senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. She was heartened by the meeting in New Haven which demonstrated bipartisan support against hate crimes.
“We’ve been talking about security for many years,” she said. “It’s important that everyone works together to keep our communities safe.”
The concept of “target hardening” for places of worship is a similar to what was done to schools after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. The funds, if approved, would be used for matters such as improved security lighting, doors, bulletproof windows and things of that nature, Looney said.
Until the ACLU sticks their nose into it. You know, that whole “separation of church and state” thing.
“This is an issue that is real, and it is recurring,” said Looney. “It’s unfortunate that in 2020, we still have to deal with it.”
It is interesting that the Democrats in Connecticut are focusing only on “right wing extremists” while ignoring the left.
Last year, journalist Andy Ngo was beaten up by left-wing anarchists affiliated with Antifa. We have seen Antifa thugs roaming the streets of cities such as Portland, OR beating up those with whom they disagree, blocking traffic, dousing police officers with concrete “milkshakes” and destroying property.
Last August, a man in Dayton, OH killed nine people and wounded 27 others in a shooting on a crowded street in the entertainment district. The shooter’s Twitter posts showed that he was a self-described “leftist” who supported Elizabeth Warren, was a fan of the loony left wing “Squad”, and also apparently a big fan of Satan.
Also, let us not forget that it was a left-wing Sanders supporter that shot Congressman Steve Scalise in 2017, nearly killing him, and wounding several others.
What about the numbers of supporters of President Trump who have been beaten up for committing the crime of wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat?
Last year, two United States Marines who were visiting in Philadelphia were punched and kicked by a mob from Antifa who thought they were participants in a far-right rally.
Conservative college speakers have also been targeted; in 2017 Charles Murray was to appear at Middlebury College in Vermont. The protest against his appearance resulted in a female college professor who was escorting Murray getting knocked down and injured.
Tucker Carlson of Fox News had left-wing nuts go to his home in 2018, where approximately 20 protesters stood outside and chanted, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night,” while his wife and children were inside.
Extremism on either side is wrong. Legislators in Connecticut specifically renouncing “right wing extremists” while ignoring “left wing extremists” are doing a disservice to their constituents. Unfortunately, this is not surprising because in one of the bluest of blue states, one party walks solidly with their blinders on.
That party is the Democrat party.
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