NTF issue paper: cong185.doc. 7-20.

. Rioting and looting continue unabated in many parts of the nation, the public alarmed and terrorized, conservatives specifically targeted. Meanwhile, public officials in a number of localities, including Lincoln and Omaha, refuse to utilize sufficient force to quell what equals violent revolutionary activity and jail ringleaders. To this date, no Nebraska state senator has advocated emergency legislation to stop the rioting and jail rioters, looters, and extortionists. However, one representative and one senator in Congress are promoting bills to halt the disintegration of law and order.

. Conservative Rep. Ted Budd (N.C.) introduced HR 7087, the No Tolerance for Rioters Act, that would double the prison time for rioters, amending the current law (Sec. 2101(a) of title 18) that punishes rioters with up to 5 years in jail, to up to 10 years. In federal law, a riot defined as “a public disturbance involving an act or acts of violence by one or more persons part of an assemblage of three or more persons.” Rep. Budd declared that rioting is never the answer. “We cannot allow our streets, our businesses, our communities, and our fellow citizens to be terrorized by violent looting. If you engage in rioting, you disgrace the cause you claim to fight for, and you should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.” Rep. Dan Bishop is a co-sponsor. This legislation justifiably penalizes those who foment violent conduct. HR 7087 currently is in the House Judiciary Committee.

. Conservative Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) introduced S.4105, a bill to impose a 1-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for vandalizing or destroying veteran memorials dedicated to American heroes. His bill, the Washington- Grant Historic Preservation Act, is in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mobs are pulling down statues of George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, because they hate our heritage. Grant was a man whom the great Frederick Douglass eulogized as “too broad for prejudice, too humane to despise the humblest, too great to be small at any point.” Yet, a mob still attacked his memorial.  Cotton worries about the disregard for law now spreading throughout the nation, the escalating rioting by savage mobs. He decries the violent mobs roaming our streets, defacing and destroying statues and monuments honoring American military and other heroes, too often with no police response or criminal legal consequences because of leftist civic leaders. These mobs not only threaten historic statues but also threaten our civilization, not discriminating between conservative or liberal targets. Cotton noted that the mobs, besides targeting statues, also burned police precinct stations and vandalized conservative churches. Continued mob rule will demoralize citizens and shake their faith in our government and way of life, continued Cotton, saying we cannot tolerate mob rule, and we cannot allow it to go unpunished. Because too many local authorities appear unwilling or scared to confront mobs and uphold the rule of law, Cotton wants the U.S. Justice Dept. to press charges against mob vigilantes, prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law, using the legal grounds offered by his bill.

. Contact your representative to co-sponsor and support HR 7087 and our 2 senators to co-sponsor and vote for S. 4105, using the information given above. Leftist rioters and revolutionaries will continue their attacks on symbols of our national heritage and destruction of government and private property if not stopped soon. Allowing continued mayhem will embolden these vicious leftists to expand their terror to persons and properties they consider politically incorrect. Known conservatives and those who publicly speak out against the leftist mobs will become new targets for their wrath. Email netaxpayers@gmail.com for congressional contact information.

Research, documentation, and analysis for this issue paper done by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom. This material copyrighted by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, with express prior permission granted for its use by other groups in the NE Conservative Coalition Network. 7-20. C

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