The Strident Conservative reports that that New York City passed a new ordinance which criminalizes the threat of reporting someone to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the use of phrases like “go back to your own country” or “illegal alien” when these actions are allegedly motivated by hate.
This 29-page directive was published by the New York City Commission on Human Rights and details numerous examples of actions or comments that would be banned under this law. Violators of this law could be punished by fines up to $250,000 per violation.
According to one passage in the law, “The use of certain language, including ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ with the intent to demean, humiliate, or offend a person or persons constitutes discrimination.”
The Commission is open about the fact that the directive intends to reject the federal government’s attempts to crack down on illegal immigration. However, Daniel Horowitz pointed out that no such crackdown has been attempted by the Trump administration.
The author of this Strident Conservative piece, David Leach argues that this law “could have long-term consequences on our liberty.”
First he believes that the NYC law is “a clear violation of free speech rights.” The Supreme Court recently ruled that so-called hate speech is constitutionally protected under the First Amendment. However, Leach sees the bigger picture:
But putting free speech aside for a moment, the growing movement by the Far-Left to ban hate speech — and even criminalize it — could give them a foot-in-the-door toward dismantling the Second Amendment as well.
Right before the entire impeachment drama started, Democrats, along with Trump and the GOP, were already pushing for anti-gun legislation. Bans on high-capacity magazines and red flag laws were featured on Pelosi’s gun control wish list.
Hower, Leach notes that “there’s been another piece of anti-Second Amendment legislation flying under the radar.”
He expanded upon this:
Named the Disarm Hate Act (DHA), this little-noticed bill would use hate crime laws to deny gun rights. Using similar laws already on the books in a few states as a template, the DHA would prohibit people convicted of certain “violent” hate crime misdemeanors from possessing a weapon. Currently, federal law only bans people convicted of felony hate crimes from gun ownership.
What would constitute a violent misdemeanor hate crime? Leach cites the words of Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, the co-sponsor of the Senate version of the DHA:
“Most commonly this category includes low-level assault, threats, harassment, and property damage.”
Indeed, leftists have had trouble trying to subvert the Second Amendment directly. So they’ve turned to more indirect ways of doing so.
By linking it to assaults on free speech, they can now kill two birds with one stone. In doing so, they can eviscerate some of the most time-honored principles of American political freedoms.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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