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house Bill H.R. 6054

Unmasking Antifa: Should There be Enhanced Penalties for Committing Crimes While in Disguise?

Argument in favor

Covering one’s face to commit acts of political violence has a long history — and more often than not, it is unsavory political groups like the KKK that adopt this practice. This bill effectively increases the punishment for violent political protest, which should not be condoned.

JTJ's Opinion
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07/07/2018
Antifa is the modern day kkk. Coward democrats putting on masks to break the law and suppress the rights of others.
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David's Opinion
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07/07/2018
Antifa is perpetrating the very actions they are purportedly fighting against. They are themselves the fascist that use force to put a stop to free speech that they do not agree with. Learn the history of Antifa folks and u will see their fascist roots. They are the epitome of what a fascist is! They literally should be putting their Halloween masks on and beating themselves up.
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07/07/2018
This group has beat up people they disagree with, thrown tear gas into crowds, thrown broken bottles at Americans, set cars on fire and have called for political assassinations. For anyone on this app to think that is okay, screw you. These people need to be shut down.
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Argument opposed

It’s not entirely clear whether “mask laws” like this violate the First Amendment of the Constitution. Not only that, but there are other laws on the books that can be used to prosecute violent, disguised protesters for the crimes they commit so enhanced penalties aren’t needed.

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07/07/2018
How creepily ironic that the actions of the KKK never brought about this kind of legislative response, but the secret opposition to white supremacists provokes this response! Please pass the bill making lynching a federal crime, and loudly vote "no" on this bill, pointing out the hypocrisy of it after a century of hooded lynch mobs!
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07/07/2018
I’ll take an anti fascist over a pro fascist any day.
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Matt's Opinion
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07/07/2018
ENOUGH with this “both sides” nonsense! This bill just feeds a whataboutism and false equivalence to help the gop deal with its party's descent into angry white nationalism. If the gop dislikes anti-fascists, how about getting their party back from the mob of white nationalist reactionaries who keep necessitating their protest. Anti-fascists’ pushback in the trump era is more American and more courageous than politicians falsely claiming “both sides” and complaining about masks.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJune 8th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 6054?

This bill — the Unmasking Antifa Act — would enhance penalties for committing crimes while in disguise. Specifically, wearing a mask while injuring, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating a person who is freely exercising their rights would face fines and up to 15 years imprisonment.

Impact

Protesters, including antifa; and First Amendment speech protections.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6054

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Daniel Donovan Jr. (R-NY) introduced this bill to increase penalties for committing crimes while wearing masks. There are three cosponsors of this bill, all of whom are Republicans.


Of NoteAntifa is often violent. The movement’s leaders admit a willingness to physically attack anyone who employs violence against them, or who they view as condoning racism — as long as force is used in the name of eradicating hatred, it’s considered within the bounds of the movement.

When antifa protesters congregate, they often wear all black and cover their faces with masks— a tactic known as “black bloc,” which aims to unify demonstrators’ efforts and hide their identities.

In response to antifa, many jurisdictions across the country have begun enforcing laws that bar people from wearing masks during gatherings, if those laws are on the books.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: BrasilNut1 /iStock)

AKA

Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalty enhancements for committing certain offenses while in disguise, and for other purposes.

    Antifa is the modern day kkk. Coward democrats putting on masks to break the law and suppress the rights of others.
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    How creepily ironic that the actions of the KKK never brought about this kind of legislative response, but the secret opposition to white supremacists provokes this response! Please pass the bill making lynching a federal crime, and loudly vote "no" on this bill, pointing out the hypocrisy of it after a century of hooded lynch mobs!
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    I’ll take an anti fascist over a pro fascist any day.
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    ENOUGH with this “both sides” nonsense! This bill just feeds a whataboutism and false equivalence to help the gop deal with its party's descent into angry white nationalism. If the gop dislikes anti-fascists, how about getting their party back from the mob of white nationalist reactionaries who keep necessitating their protest. Anti-fascists’ pushback in the trump era is more American and more courageous than politicians falsely claiming “both sides” and complaining about masks.
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    Would this include pretending you’re someone else on social media? Like the Russian trolls who aim to disrupt our democracy?
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    The fact that this bill title/name ONLY identifies “Antifa” insinuates that hate groups like the KKK will not be targeted or prosecuted. Racist bill. 👎🏽
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    If you’re gonna do that to Antifa you have to do it with the KKK too. Oh wait, you never do ;)
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    It didn’t seem to be an issue for the klan
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    Crimes are already illegal, there should not be extra penalty for hiding your face.
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    I don’t know if the GOP knows this or not, but committing violence is already illegal. There is no need for a bill like this. Plus, targeting people for what they’re wearing violates the first amendment of the constitution.
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    Antifa is perpetrating the very actions they are purportedly fighting against. They are themselves the fascist that use force to put a stop to free speech that they do not agree with. Learn the history of Antifa folks and u will see their fascist roots. They are the epitome of what a fascist is! They literally should be putting their Halloween masks on and beating themselves up.
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    This group has beat up people they disagree with, thrown tear gas into crowds, thrown broken bottles at Americans, set cars on fire and have called for political assassinations. For anyone on this app to think that is okay, screw you. These people need to be shut down.
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    The problem right now is the Nazis being empowered by the president, not those fighting against fascism, etc. This bill is an atrocity.
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    H.R. 6054 — the Unmasking Antifa Act I’m in STRONG support of this bill H.R. 6054 — the Unmasking Antifa Act — would enhance penalties for committing crimes while in disguise. Specifically, wearing a mask while injuring, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating a person who is freely exercising their rights would face fines and up to 15 years imprisonment. Covering one’s face to commit acts of political violence has a long history — and more often than not, it is unsavory political groups like the KKK that adopt this practice. This bill effectively increases the punishment for violent political protest, which should not be condoned. 7*5*18 .....
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    Anti-fascist often have to disguise themselves from fascist & white nationalist who seek to harm anybody counter to their beliefs. From the amount of people killed by far-right violence, they're obviously the real threat and antifa is doing valuable, often non-violent work in exposing and opposing fascist groups at in several ways.
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    These people don’t have the guts to show there face. There not committed to a cause just criminals. Throw the book at them !
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    A simple distraction for right wing media, pointless and sensationalist.
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    Imprison every KKK member first, then you may earn a yea vote from me. They’ve operated under a hood for so many years, but only now they cry foul play.
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    Once these thugs are unmasked they will think twice before committing acts of violence also God help them if they ever come after Me
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    Another nail in the coffin of American democracy. The Fascist Party of America, formerly known as the GOP, has forgotten that the patriots at the Boston Tea Party disguised themselves as Indians. These people must be hounded from power immediately!
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