NC Senate Advances Bill With Increased Penalties On Those Who Wear Masks While Committing Crime

All those pro-Hamas demonstrations where lots were wearing masks caught the attention of the NC General Assembly

North Carolina Senate panel advances anti-mask bill

A COVID-era change that allowed people in North Carolina to wear a mask for health reasons moved a step closer to being removed from state law Tuesday.

Senate Judiciary Committee Republican voted in a voice vote with Democrats objecting to advance a law to enhance penalties for people who wear masks while committing another crime or for those who block traffic. House Bill 237 now moves to another Senate committee.

But the bill also removes a provision that exempts people who wear masks for health and safety reasons that was added in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.

And it was that part of the legislation that attracted the most opposition from Democrats on the panel and public speakers.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson County, said the bill is not intended to “prosecute granny for wearing a mask in the Walmart — unless she was sticking steaks in her bag.”

The bill comes after pro-Palestinian demonstrations and protests at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in previous weeks. Many of the protesters wore masks throughout the demonstrations.

It had been against the law for people to wear masks in public, except for times like Halloween or for approved parades and demonstrations. Also, for certain jobs where it’s necessary. Likewise, if it was freaking cold. This whole “immunocompromised” thing? How often did you really see someone wearing one in public before COVID? Those few who did were wearing ones that actually made a difference. It wasn’t performance art like now. It certainly wasn’t a bunch of Brave protesters hiding behind COVID so they could hide their faces against consequences of being pro-Hamas and showing their Jew hatred.

Newton said his message to people who need to wear masks for health reasons or concerns was to wear them. But Sen. Natasha Marcus, D-Mecklenburg, said lawmakers had a obligation to write clear laws.

“We make sure that the bill says what we mean for it to say,” she said. “And, to be clear, this bill, by crossing out Section 6, says it’s not legal to wear a mask if you’re doing it for the safety of yourself and others, and that is an outrageous change to make. It’s not appropriate. You say, well, this wasn’t a problem before COVID. The world is different now.”

Yeah yeah yeah. Performance art. It’s mostly only COVID wackos who wear them now, and, if you follow them around you’ll see them remove them when the performance is over. And, really, if someone is wearing one for real reasons, they mostly will not be out in public. The few who do will pretty much be left alone by police. They don’t have time for that. But, stores can tell people to remove them if they so choose.

The bill would also create a new crime specifically for protests that block roads — a tactic some recent Black Lives Matter and pro-Palestinian protests have engaged in during demonstrations in Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and across the nation.

Don’t forget the climate wackos.

Liz Barber, with the ACLU of North Carolina, called Tuesday’s anti-mask bill part of a “broader attack on democracy.” She said the provision was unconstitutional because it imposed different punishments based on the content of speech or protest.

Good grief. These people. So tiresome.

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10 Responses to “NC Senate Advances Bill With Increased Penalties On Those Who Wear Masks While Committing Crime”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    “So this bill will protect the Ku Klux Klan to wear masks in public, but someone who’s immunocompromised like myself cannot wear a mask?” said Sen. Sydney Batch, D-Wake, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.

    Yes, that’s right. Perhaps it doesn’t get cold in NC. Are there no hunters in NC? No motorcyclists?

    Poorly written laws give police too much leeway for selective enforcement.

    NuRepublicun politicians want to control the populace, especially those less likely to vote for them!!

    • Jl says:

      “Republican politicians want to control the populace…” I see, as opposed to left wing politicians wanting to control your shower temperature? Ok

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        We may need to point out the difference between a LAW, like in NC, vs a SUGGESTION as from the article.

        It was the creepy Wm F Buckley who wanted to reach into your shower, not I.

        • James Lewis says:

          Chicken Little Karen Man

          It was the creepy Wm F Buckley who wanted to reach into your shower, not I.

          No. Buckley said that is what the Left wants to do.

          Quit with the bull shit.

      • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

        I hate to correct you Jl but our resident genius typed “NuRepublicun” whatever that silly word means I have no clue. I tried to search for it in Google and wiki Elwood’s go to resource where for intellectual research. It was in neither location. I even tried the urban dictionary no such luck.

        But when trying to control the population that really falls under the specialities of the left. From gun control to wearing masks for COVID to having people fired from their jobs during COVID and I could list another hundred things but we don’t need to. Don’t get me started on what they wanna control because of “global warming”. Everything from what light bulbs you can use on your Christmas decorations to What Car you can drive and how far you can drive it. Basically there are crisscross between Nazis and communists anymore. And that’s the position they seem to thrive in.

        I even like how Elwood tried to duck the question about when a person becomes a human. He didn’t wanna nail himself to a sixer eight week time frame so he just blurted out foolishly “when it’s born“. Which of course means according to Elwood partial birth abortions are punishable by death. Interesting. He’s so afraid that he has to admit that he’s wrong at something that he can’t bring himself to speak the truth any longer for fear of looking like the fool that he is. He couldn’t even accept the idea of compromise then up till a certain number of weeks it’s not a human and after a certain number of weeks it is because that would require him to make a moral decision and he as a highly, highly immoral person can’t do that. He makes me laugh. He’s one of those people who has opened his mind so much his brain fell out. I don’t think it was doing a much good while it was in there so it doesn’t matter.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          What about “at birth” do you not understand, Tinkerbell?

          IF a 2-cell zygote is a person how can you compromise? IF a 2 week embryo is a person how can you compromise?

          And haven’t heard the partial birth abortion canard in a long time!!

          So, Tink when would YOU set the gestation time when there could be no abortion?

          Suck balls, you belligerent shithead!!

  2. Professor Hale says:

    Someone noticed that criminals wear masks when committing crimes. No need to have a special law. Committing the crime is already against the law regardless of apparel.

  3. Jl says:

    Really? Buckley? Evidence of that?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      My mistake. The creepy Buckley was fantasizing about someone reaching into his shower and adjusting his knob.

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