Antifa protestors are under fire under a new bill listed as HR 6054 AKA “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018.” As much as we might not like Antifa and may wish some amounts of ill towards them because of their irrational views on political violence with complete disregard for civil discourse in the name of being “Anti-Fascist” there is still overarching concern to be had here
The bill, in its early stages of the legislative process, hasn’t even been looked over by committee yet. Introduced by Republican Rep. Daniel Donovan Jr. of the New York 11th District, the bill reads:
SECTION 1. Short title.
This Act may be cited as the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018”.
SEC. 2. Interference with protected rights while in disguise.
“§ 250. Interference with protected rights while in disguise
“(a) In general.—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 any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.”
In simpler terms, if someone wearing a mask or in disguise is physically harming, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating you while you’re enjoying your freedoms under the constitution, can be jailed or fined for up to 15 years.
This is where the right becomes SJWs.
The vague wording of terms like “oppresses”, “threatens,” and “intimidates” open up to levels of abusive “law enforcement” and false accusations turned into witch hunts simply on the bases of being “intimidated” by a mask. Who’s to say how easy it will be to imprison someone wearing an “intimidating” mask even if the person isn’t committing any physical violence.
The left can just as easily use the wording of this bill, if passed, to press charges against “oppressive” Halloween costumes that they feel are infringing on their free exercise of their rights.
Granted, this bill is only in early stages of the process before going onto the floor of the House for a vote. This does, however, mark yet another vaguely worded bill trying to sneak past the public for the sake of “security” whether in the physical sense or in the subjective sense of “feelings”.
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