“The Democrats are trying to set up special rules exclusive to the ruling elite class, to protect themselves from criticism,” Tina Freitas, wife of Republican delegate Nick Freitas, warned on her Facebook account Tuesday night, Jan. 21.
The veteran’s wife posted the statement after Democratic delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne last week introduced a controversial bill that would seek to penalize the growing wave of criticism against Gov. Ralph Northam and other state officials for pushing a gun ban that runs counter to the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
“Wow, now they’re going after the First Amendment,” Tina Freitas warned, referring to the section of the Constitution that protects free speech. “Is the Governor Infanticide/Ku Klux Klan member trying to evade responsibility? We will no longer be allowed to demand justice for the alleged victims of the violations committed by Lieutenant Governor Fairfax,” she added.
“This is direct Communist censorship!”She said, pointing to the Democrats’ Bill 1627, which “provides that certain crimes involving threats and harassment can be prosecuted in the city of Richmond if the victim is a governor, a governor-elect, a lieutenant governor, a lieutenant governor-elect, an attorney general or an elected attorney general, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a judge of the Virginia Supreme Court, or a judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals,” giving them more rights than other citizens.
“If any person, with intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor,” the policy states.
Objective: to silence dissent?
The proposal also drew criticism from conservative political commentator Baxter Dmitry, who said the law “effectively criminalizes dissent against public officials” after a massive rally in Virginia on Monday to defend the right to bear arms, in opposition to the Democratic leadership’s plans.
The day after tens of thousands of pro-Second Amendment protesters peacefully demonstrated outside the state Capitol, Virginia’s largely Democratic General Assembly continued to move forward with its so-called red flag law, SB 240, which would allow authorities to take away guns from people deemed dangerous, Time reported.
“The governor and the Democratic leadership have declared war on law-abiding citizens and gun owners, and their votes today simply confirmed that that is where we are headed,” Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said Tuesday after Democrats rejected several Republican bills to loosen gun restrictions, according to CBS 6.