GOP Lawmakers Back Tough Anti-Rioting Bill

Senator Cotton and Rep. Buck have had enough.

Rep. Ken Buck, Republican of Colorado, and Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, are backing a bill proposed in November by Buck that would justifiably increase penalties against rioters of any affiliation. The BRICKS Act would increase the jail term for aiding or taking part in a riot from five to ten years. If a person is injured in the riot the term could go to 25 years. If a person dies in the riot the prison term could go to life behind bars.


This is an excellent remedy and would soon pass Congress if the Democrats weren’t allied with the rioters. However, recent Antifa activity on the West Coast was not very friendly to the Biden administration. If this continues then you will see the Biden administration channel George Patton in response to demonstrations, even peaceful ones. The irony will be amazing and it will prove once again that mobs, no matter what banner they fly, are inherently unstable and can turn in a heartbeat.

FNC: “Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday that renewed Antifa riots in Portland and Seattle – following the inauguration of President Joe Biden – prove the point he made over the summer that force is needed to maintain law and order. Cotton, R-Ark., said he remembers the media and Democrats blaming former President Donald Trump for Antifa violence in Democrat-run cities just a few months ago. Speaking on “Fox & Friends,” he said that no matter what side a violent mob is on, they must be put down with force, whether it’s Antifa or the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.”

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Cotton: “I remember the media and Democrats blaming all this Antifa violence on Donald Trump. Yet here we have Joe Biden in the White House and Antifa is still rampaging in the streets of Seattle and Portland and Denver. It proves a point I made two months ago, two weeks ago. When you have a mob using violence for a political end, it doesn’t matter what slogan they’re chanting or flag they are waving. They have to be met with force. And force has to be used to deter that violence and if it breaks out, to stop that violence. That has to be the standard that we apply no matter what slogan a mob is chanting. These mobs that we see on the streets of Seattle and Portland and Denver that represent Antifa – which I guess maybe is not just an idea as some Democrats have said – ultimately what they want is to overthrow America.” Cotton references Joe Biden calling Antifa an idea, not a real group, on last year’s campaign trail. If so, then an idea again is violently rioting on the West Coast. I hope, if businesses were looted or damaged, they have violent idea insurance.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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