From the beginning of American history, communities have struggled with how to punish those who violate laws established by their various local governments.
Many times criminals’ would be punished by being placed in the stocks and when needed, hung or shot in public gatherings.
Over time scrupulous politicians identified that immediately after a heinous crime was committed the populous was more open to giving the government more power to make sure the crime was not committed again.
According to politicians like former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual, unpopular progressive ideas can get advanced following a crisis event: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
This brings us to the very aggressive, anti-second amendment activists.
Following the mass shooting by a deranged racist in Buffalo, New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she is implementing a new plan to combat domestic terrorism and investigate violent extremism online.
For those who still believe in the Constitution, the verbiage in Hochul’s plan and in her public speaking rhetoric raises a red flag. It appears the progressive governor is attempting to strip away some more liberties from those living in the Empire state and even for those outside New York who go online.
Her tweets call for stripping away the right to own a weapon like the popular AR-15 then implying they are part of “Domestic Terrorism’.
“NEW: We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism. In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on,” Hochul tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
“In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on,” she added:
NEW: We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism.
In wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) May 18, 2022
There are two intersecting crises facing our nation right now – military-style weapons and domestic terrorism.
We can no longer look away. We are directly addressing the deadly threat that this is. pic.twitter.com/9UAK5mLa6l
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) May 19, 2022
One of the governor’s executive orders instructs the State Police to establish a “dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track domestic extremism and increase social media monitoring at the Intelligence Center.”
“The unit will be responsible for developing investigative leads based on social media analyses focused on radical extremist activities motivated threats by identifying online locations and activities that facilitate radicalization and promote violent extremism,” it reads in part.
Libertarians and other traditional Americans who value their liberties are fighting the far left’s attempt to define what words or actions individuals should consider to be “hate speech,”. Allowing a new militant style police force that will be empowered to determine what speech labels someone a domestic terrorist, can only lead to abuse and many weapons being stripped away from law-abiding citizens via their red flag laws.
George Washington University professor and legal scholar Jonathan Turley challenged the governor’s comments.
Gov. Hochul has announced a new police unit to "combat" hate speech. https://t.co/wb4yLVs2E8 Hochul previously stated. “There is a limit to what you can do, and hate crimes—hate speech—is not protected.”That is not true. Hate speech is constitutionally protected.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 18, 2022
“The horrific and despicable act of terror committed by a white supremacist this past weekend in Buffalo showed that we as a country are facing an intersection of two crises: the mainstreaming of hate speech — including white nationalism, racism and white supremacy — and the easy access to military-style weapons and magazines,” Hochul said in a statement.
“We will continue to confront this epidemic head-on, stamp out extremists who threaten our communities, strengthen the toughest gun laws in the country and do whatever it takes to keep New Yorkers safe,” the Democrat governor added.
My expectation is part of the governor’s plan is unconstitutional, just like the Patriot Act which was put in place following the 911 terrorist attacks.
With liberals sitting on many NY courts, Hochul’s administration knows they will get a favorable ruling in the event that her new SS-style policing is challenged over the states’ violations of individual citizens’ privacy.