Big League Politics broke the story two weeks ago regarding 20-year-old Michigan resident Lucas Gerhard, a former Lake Superior State University (LSSU) student who was arrested, charged with terrorism, and then thrown in jail for months for posting a picture of a legally-obtained firearm on social media.
The shocking story has since gone viral, been picked up by other sources, and a Republican state lawmaker is preparing legislation that will protect the free speech of conservative students and stop prosecutorial abuses like what has occurred with the Gerhard case.
Republican Rep. John Reilly of Lake Orion is introducing legislation in the Michigan state legislature that would create a requirement for a particular target in the current terror threats statute as well as a “reasonable person” test so more conservatives are not targeted in a similar manner to Gerhard by the vague and open-ended laws.
“A bright young man has had his life ruined, all because of one overzealous prosecutor who was unfamiliar with First Amendment law,” Rep. Reilly said in a press release.
“Lucas Gerhard’s aspirations to a career in criminal justice have been irreparably harmed, and we don’t know how many other people’s lives have been destroyed in the same way,” he added.
Reilly is urging people from Michigan to contact his office via phone at (517) 373-1798 and email at [email protected] if they have had their 1st Amendment rights trampled upon in similar fashion to Gerhard. Reilly will hold a press conference on Tuesday at 4pm at the Governor’s Room at Karoub Associates, 121 W. Allegan St., Lansing, MI to officially announce his legislation.
Gerhard is currently looking at years in prison but is refusing to take a plea deal despite the odds facing him. He and his father Mark believe that this case will set a precedent that could resonate throughout the country, as the digital crackdown against free speech intensifies and more conservatives are targeted as a result.
“Lucas is adamant that he didn’t do this. He is not in any way or fashion looking to take a plea. He is going to fight this all the way through, which I think is a good thing,” Mark Gerhard said.
“There are a lot of kids getting prosecuted under these kind of charges. If Lucas takes a plea, everyone following him is diminished. There are not going to be many opportunities for them to fight back against this after it becomes a precedent,” he added.
The Gerhard family is raising money to cover the legal fees for the case as the state doggedly tries to make an example of Lucas. Big League Politics will cover tomorrow’s press conference and any developments surrounding the case as it continues to unfold.
Smith & Wesson Stepping Up Production to Meet Record Setting Astronomical Demand for New Guns
They’re stepping up production.
One of the biggest gun manufacturers in the United States is pledging to step up gun production as demand for new firearms soars to astronomical proportions. Smith & Wesson is pledging to boost their manufacturing to “maximum capacity” to meet unprecedented demand.
Gun sales in 2020 have crushed the records set in any previous year by a hefty margin, with the combination of the coronavirus and nationwide race riots aided and abetted by the Democratic Party serving to convince millions of Americans who have never owned guns before that they need to arm themselves.
“As we’ve seen before during these surge periods, these results reflect that despite our record numbers in market share growth, consumer demand for our products during the quarter still exceeded our internal manufacturing capacity levels,” said Mark Smith, CEO of the firearms company that was founded in 1852, in a call on Thursday. “We’re continuing to ramp up…. We’re going to go to maximum capacity.”
The company moved almost 600,000 guns from a period between May and July, smashing its records and depleting its existing inventory of newly manufactured guns.
“When we get into these surge environments like this, and as you can see from the [gun background check numbers] we’ve never seen one quite this high, the demand in the industry just outstrips the industry’s ability to supply,” Smith said. “And we’re no different. You can look at the inventory numbers from us and from some of the other firearms, retailers, and manufacturers, and I think we’re just out of inventory.”
Elevating existing manufacturing levels could prove critical to lowering surging prices for firearms, as retailers are unable to match demand. Ammunition continues to sell for record-setting prices, signaling a need for ammunition manufacturers to meet sky-high demand as well.
Smith and Wesson manufacturers a wide variety of popular civilian firearms, including AR-15 style rifles, a multitude of pistols and revolvers, and .22 rimfire rifles.
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