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Some would argue this should be happening everywhere …

Late last week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, “quietly” signed into law a bombshell bill that will impose severe penalties on rioters, particularly violent ones.

Available for review below, the bill institutes a mandatory minimum 45-day sentence for “aggravated rioting” and creates a brand new Class C felony offense for anyone accused of “aggravated assault” against a first responder. The latter offense comes with a $15,000 fine and a mandatory minimum 90-day stay in jail.

Plus, anyone convicted of a felony in Tennessee loses his or her right to vote.

New Tennessee Anti-Rioting Law by V Saxena on Scribd

The law also creates a new Class E felony punishable by up to six years in prison for rioters convicted of illegally camping on state property. Previously, those convicted of illegally camping on state property had to contend with just a misdemeanor charge.

Speaking last Thursday in defense of the bill, which has provoked outrage from left-wing rioter apologists, the governor reportedly pointed to recent events in cities such as Tennessee’s capital, Nashville, as examples of why the bill was needed.

“I think what we saw was a courthouse on fire and businesses being broken into and vehicles being damaged. We saw lawlessness that needed to be addressed immediately. And that was done so,” he reportedly said.

Following the controversial death in late May of black Minneapolis criminal suspect George Floyd while he was in custody of the police, riots broke out across the country, including in Nashville.

Not only did Nashville Mayor John Cooper tolerate the riots — but he even participated in them as well under the pretense that they were “peaceful” rallies:

Except the so-called “rally” turned out to be exceptionally violent (*Graphic content):

Lee’s signing of the bill last week spurred immediate outrage from the American Civil Liberties Union, which of late has come out in support of rioters and — in unrelated cases — illegal aliens, all while professing opposition to women’s rights.

“We are very disappointed in Governor Lee’s decision to sign this bill, which chills free speech, undermines criminal justice reform and fails to address the very issues of racial justice and police violence raised by the protesters who are being targeted,” the executive director of the ACLU’s Tennessee branch, Hedy Weinberg, said in a statement.

“While the governor often speaks about sentencing reform, this bill contradicts those words and wastes valuable taxpayer funds to severely criminalize dissent.”

The ACLU’s sentiment does not align with that of the American people.

A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll out late last month shows that a 77 percent majority of Americans “say they are concerned that crime is rising in the nation’s cities, while 46 percent of respondents said they were concerned about rising crime in their own communities,” as reported at the time by The Hill.

In a statement to The Hill, Harvard CAPS/Harris polling director Mark Penn reportedly added that the American people are also “concerned that prosecutors are not prosecuting the crimes” being committed by left-wing extremists, i.e., rioters.

It appears bills like the one signed by Lee seek to address this concern. Yet as usual, the ACLU, which is seemingly aligned with the Democrat Party, opposes the interests and well-being of the American people …

Vivek Saxena

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