It is always easy for someone to portray themselves as big and bad when they have something to hide behind. A mask keeps them from being able to be identified which makes it that much easier to cause chaos without having to accept accountability for their actions. There are several lawmakers in Washington who have decided that for the members of Antifa it is time for those days to come to an end. These law makers have proposed bill H.R. 6054 also known as the “Unmasking Antifa act of 2018.” If this act gets passed into law then it would bring Antifa members out from hiding across the United States.If they succeed in getting this bill passed then certain activities would become criminal offenses while in disguise. It should not be any real surprise that people on the left have had a less than positive response to the new bill that has recently been proposed.
The Representatives who proposed the bill are Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and Ted Budd (R-N.C.). Under the newly proposed bill anyone who is found guilty of wearing a mask while threatening, injuring, intimidating, or interfering with the exercise of any American legal right or privilege can be sent to prison for up to fifteen years. The bill that has been proposed by the three Representatives reads, “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.”
Although the bill was proposed last month it has only recently received support from conservative commentator, Mike Cernovich on Tuesday, according to the Epoch Times reports.
There are many states across the United States that already have anti masking laws similar to the “Unmasking Antifa Act.” Most of those anti masking laws were passed to try to curb the violence that was being committed by the Ku Klux Klan at the time that they were passed. The way that states that are mostly liberal treat the members of Antifa and their behavior shows a bias since the violence that Antifa members inflict upon conservatives is not viewed the same as the violence that was committed by Klan members.
The political left would try to convince us that the members of Antifa are an innocent group of demonstrators. Any of us who have seen the riots that these people instigate know that the members of Antifa are not innocent by any means. Earlier this month this innocent group of protesters injured four people in Portland, Oregon after they crashed a permitted march that was being done by the right-wing group Patriot Prayer. After Antifa arrived at the march the violence that the members of Antifa instigated became so intense and posed so much threat to the well being of others that the police were forced to cancel the permit and declared the situation a riot.
The reason that liberals support Antifa so much is because the Antifa movement targets those who support President Trump and people who are labelled as “fascists.” Some of the people that members of Antifa have used violence against and tried to intimate aren’t even connected to a white supremacist group. These events where people who were not connected to white supremacist groups got hurt by members of Antifa include Antifa protests that were held on the day of President Trump’s inauguration when they held a riot in the nations capital.
As much as the members of Antifa may not like it groups who have a view different from their own have a right to have their voices be heard. The members of Antifa have shown absolutely no respect for the U.S. Constitution as they took the law into their own hands and by infringing on the rights of those who they disagree with while breaking the law countless times in the process. It is not only political activists who have found themselves targeted by members of Antifa. Antifa have recently started to target employees of ICE.
It should not surprise anyone that the liberal controlled media have responded negatively to the proposed bill. The Huffington Post showed that they were not in favor of the new bill when they said, “anyone who doubts the speed with which paranoid authoritarianism is becoming the dominant worldview of today’s GOP should read the Unmasking Antifa Act, a short bill recently introduced in Congress by four House Republicans.”
It doesn’t matter if you are on the left and support Antifa or if you are a conservative and stand against Antifa. If we can all calm down and think logically then everyone on both sides would realize that there is an even greater danger facing all of us. This bill is dangerous. If it is passed and becomes law this bill would allow the government to involve itself in what should be a state or local criminal matter. This law brings us one step closer to national police force and the United States becoming a police state. It does not matter what side of the line you stand on when it comes to Antifa or anything else. A national police force would not be a good thing for anyone.