*Editor’s Note: This story was rated as false by an independent fact-checker as the bill has now been said to have created “no new offenses, but helps ensure that prosecution of alleged threats is always possible by establishing an alternative venue that can be used where venue otherwise cannot be clearly established.” The story has been updated to reflect this information.
According to Big League Politics, House Bill 1627 is the latest bill introduced by Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne that pertains to words against public leaders.
The legislation “provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.”
Some say it’s an attack on free speech, but FactCheck.org claims the bill wouldn’t criminalize criticism, but rather ‘changes where certain crimes against public officials can be prosecuted.’ They say that the bill doesn’t actually create any new offenses.
Here’s more language embedded in the proposed bill.
“If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor,” the bill states.
So who does the bill protect?
According to the legislation, it bars anyone from launching threats against “the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia,” which again, has technically been the law, but now adjusts ability to prosecute.
Virginia citizens spoke up about the new influx of laws in the legislature.
“The governor and the leadership of the democrats have declared war on law-abiding citizens and gun owners and their votes today just confirmed that that’s where we’re going,” said Philip Van Cleave, President of Virginia Citizens Defense League following this week’s peaceful rally of more than 22,000 Americans protesting the attacks on the second amendment.
Most of those in attendance were pro-2A. Thousands of them came to town with their weapons openly carried, locked and loaded.
Referencing a “credible” threat of violence, the media warned that this event could be a blood bath. Governor Northam enacted a state of emergency around the capitol building in Richmond that started on January 17th in advance of yesterday’s Lobby Day 2020.
He did so in response to what CBS News referred to as “credible threats of violence surrounding the event,” including white nationalist rhetoric and plans by out-of-state militia members to attend.”
As it turns out, the media was right to alert everyone. It was also fortuitous that the governor enacted the state of emergency and banned guns from the capitol grounds.
At the rally, hundreds of pro-gun attendees were arrested on felony charges for beating a gay reporter, busting out windows of local businesses, setting cars on fire and throwing ‘milkshakes’ (cups of liquid quick-drying cement) into the crowd.
Furthermore, Lobby Day attendees were… oh wait… hang on just a second.
Ah, I knew something seemed off. Those accounts were from Antifa protests last year.
In Virginia, there was only one arrest. A 21-year old woman was arrested and charged with a count of wearing a mask in public.
No shots were fired. No one threw things at people who had differing viewpoints. No one had to be taken to the hospital because they were viciously and brutally attacked. No one was shouted down and told to “shut the f— up.”
It seems as though law-abiding, gun-owning patriots aren’t the problem.
Oh, wait. We already knew that.
Yet state governors like Ralph Northam and California’s Gavin Newsom, and the rest of their America-hating ilk would lead you to believe that they are.
The mainstream media pushes a narrative on gun violence and the left eats it up.
"Look punk, look punk, we know what you're about, you're an infiltrator, get the fuck out"
Glow in the darks are having a tough day today. pic.twitter.com/kXjNhzcSPX
— Mister AntiBully (@MisterAntiBully) January 20, 2020
22,000 American’s showed up to support 2nd Amendment freedoms in Richmond. Friend of LET, Stephen Willeford was in attendance and gave a quick speech.
Likewise, tens of thousands of guns attended the rally as well…and not a single one of them pulled their own trigger and killed or wounded anyone.
And ironically, that AR-15 that Sheila Jackson Lee has referenced, the one that “fires .50 caliber rounds and weighs as much as 10 moving boxes full of stuff,” was no where to be found.
It must have been at SHOT Show out in Vegas this week.
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) January 20, 2020
But in contrasting styles, we would like to remind you what protests look like when directed from the left.
Groups like Antifa has always managed to be elusive when it comes to getting justified sentences for the behavior of individuals within the group during their riotous demonstrations throughout the United States.
Last November some justice was finally served to an Antifa thug who viciously assaulted someone coming to the aid of another individual being assaulted.
This past June, Antifa demonstrators took it upon themselves to beat up conservative journalist Andy Ngo and others in Portland, Oregon. In one particularly gruesome attack, local conservative Adam Kelly had his head split open with a baton.
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- READ: NBC REPORTER WANTS AMERICA TO BELIEVE VIRGINIA’S 2A RALLY IS A “GATHERING OF WHITE NATIONALISTS”
On an early Saturday morning last July, a Seattle man, Willem Van Spronsen, attacked an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington and threw incendiary devices in an apparent attempt to set the facility on fire, Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool surmised.
Antifascist Action (ANTIFA) posted a public tribute to Van Spronsen painting him as a valiant martyr who gave his life to the greater good, calling him “kind and deeply loved”.
The police responded to the man’s attacks with gunfire, killing him.
And as previously mentioned, aphotojournalist and members of law enforcement were reportedly attacked and assaulted by masked antifa members during a massive protest in downtown Portland on Saturday.
“I just got beat up by the crowd — no police at all — in the middle of the street,” journalist Andy Ngo said in an online post. “And they stole my GoPro. And they punched me several times in my face and head, and I’m bleeding.”
The scuffles began with a small gathering of the Proud Boys group. Officers within the city noted that they had also been struck with flying items like eggs, milkshakes, rocks and more.
Ngo showed signs of cuts and bruises on his face and neck and evidently had a milkshake and other projectiles thrown at him while he was trying to get away.
Thousands of demonstrators carrying signs with slogans like “Stand Against Hate” descended on Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park for what many hoped would be a peaceful march against bigotry and President Trump.
But it was soon punctuated by tear gas and a scattering of violent skirmishes. Some Antifa protesters, wearing black and with their faces covered, chased or beat Trump supporters and organizers who had scheduled and then canceled the “anti-Marxist” rally, citing concerns over safety.
Police, and in some cases other counter-protesters, stepped in to halt the violence or escort the victims away from the area. Officers reported 14 arrests, many of them for violations of the city’s emergency rules banning masks, sticks and potential weapons inside the demonstration area.
While both experts on the movement and activists within it emphasize that not everyone who participates in anti-fascist activism engages in violence, they say the use of force is intrinsic to their political philosophy.
“The justification [of the use of violence] is that Nazi ideology at its very core is founded on violence and on wielding power by any means,” said Mike Isaacson, one of the founders of Smash Racism D.C., an antifa organization in Washington.
Isaacson is unequivocal in his defense of violence as a legitimate tool to combat the creeping threat of what he deems authoritarianism.
“There is the question of whether these people should feel safe organizing as Nazis in public, and I don’t think they should,” said Isaacson. “I don’t think anyone should think that someone who is intent on politically organizing for the sake of creating a state-sponsored genocide — I don’t think is something that we should protect.”
Ironically, the left will not condemn the violence being enacted by Antifa. Following the von Spronsen attack on the ICE facility, a reporter from a Canadian website asked members of the Squad if they would condemn Antifa and this terror attack in particular, he got silence.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refused to answer the question, as did Representative Ilhan Omar and Representative Ayanna Pressley.
Yet, the left would still want to have you believe that the real violent threat in this country comes from law-abiding gun owners like the ones we saw in Richmond.
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