Antifa Rioters Who Wear Masks Have Reason to Fear a New Bill

Rioters who engage in criminal activity and who hide behind masks while doing so are the target of a new bill that would introduce stiffer penalties for this activity.

Rep. Dan Donovan (R.-N.Y.), along with fellow Republican Reps. Peter King (N.Y.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.) and Ted Budd (N.C.), introduced the Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018 on June 8, but it has gotten renewed attention all this week as lawmakers spread the word and as others push back.

Antifa is short for “anti-fascist action” and is a network of loosely affiliated far-left anarchist and communist groups; they have orchestrated violent protests and demonstrations against conservatives, populists and others deemed to be “fascists” or “Nazis.

“Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person … in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States,” the bill states, “shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.”

On Wednesday, Rep. Donovan explained in a tweet the reasoning behind the bill:

Americans have the natural right to speak and protest freely; it is not a right to throw Molotov cocktails and beat people who assemble peacefully while hiding behind a mask. My bill adds a penalty for doing so to the decades-old civil rights statutes

— Dan Donovan (@RepDanDonovan) July 11, 2018

“Americans have the natural right to speak and protest freely; it is not a right to throw Molotov cocktails and beat people who assemble peacefully while hiding behind a mask,” he said.

Penalizing people for violently infringing on Constitutional rights while hiding behind a mask is a fairly reasonable proposal, but you wouldn’t know it reading some of these extreme defenses of violent anarchy

— Dan Donovan (@RepDanDonovan) July 11, 2018

“Penalizing people for violently infringing on constitutional rights while hiding behind a mask is a fairly reasonable proposal, but you wouldn’t know it [after] reading some of these extreme defenses of violent anarchy,” he continued.

He also tweeted this in an effort to clarify its purpose:

To those predicting a doomsday totalitarian state from my Unmasking Antifa Act: please read the bill. It simply adds a penalty for wearing a mask while infringing on the Constitutional rights of others to assemble and speak freely.

— Dan Donovan (@RepDanDonovan) July

Source:: LifeZette

      

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