Seems like a couple of asshole socialist Congressmen [redundancy alert] from (duh) Massachusetts and Maryland are going to try to subvert the Constitution by… banning militias?
Never mind that militias are specifically protected by the U.S. Constitution, and defined and entrenched in the U.S. Code as well. Those are, to the would-be totalitarians like Markey and that other tool, just inconveniences to be brushed aside. Here’s a choice bit:
“Patrolling neighborhoods, impeding law enforcement and storming the U.S. Capitol, private paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters and the Proud Boys are using political violence to intimidate our people and threaten democratic government and the rule of law.”
Wait… the Oathies, Threepers and Proud Boys are paramilitary organizations now? Here’s what they’re talking about:
The legislation creates different tiers of criminal penalties based on whether violations result in injury or property damage; provides harsher penalties for repeat offenders; and allows for a probationary sentence for first-time offenders. It also creates civil remedies by authorizing the Department of Justice to seek injunctive relief against paramilitary activity, and by creating a private right of action for individuals harmed by paramilitary activity to seek injunctive relief and/or damages.
I’m curious as to how these Commie legislators are going to sidestep Antifa and BLM, who are paramilitary groups: uniforms, command structure, multi-state organization, very prone to violence and even at times, armed — and who routinely perpetrate actions that “result in injury or property damage”. Will they be scooped up by this proposed legislation, do you think? (Okay, you can stop that bitter laughter now.)
Whatever. None of what these politicians are talking about in their little extra-Constitutional exercise should be supported, and I can only hope that it won’t be, even by RINO twerps like Susan Collins and her ilk. But I fear for the worst. Why?
Because, you see, this is what happens when one side of the aisle demonizes the other side successfully*: all sorts of mischief can ensue as long as “public safety” can be trumpeted as the excuse, even when — as in the case of the three inept “rightwing” organizations cited above — there is absolutely no circumstance or rationale under which they would behave in the manner feared.
Of course, the Left and their foot soldiers will be exempted and excused because MAGA… but you all knew that.
Range time? I think so. And I’m not a member of any organization such as the above. But I am part of what can be described as the “citizen militia”, and unashamedly so.
*Here’s the international equivalent of demonizing (and eventually) criminalizing the opposition:
(link in headline)
Does everyone see the parallels, or do I have to spell them out?