Lawmakers in Arizona, which is quickly cementing itself as my favorite state in the nation, have put forth a bill to seize the assets of those anarchist thugs who plan riotous protests.
Oh my Vuushnu, why the hell am I not living there yet?
Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything actually happened.
But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association — and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated.
SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.
There’s something else: By including rioting in racketeering laws, it actually permits police to arrest those who are planning events.
This is an absolutely inspired move. First, it forces the planners to keep their dogs on their collective leashes. Second, it reduces the chances of citizens and first responders being assaulted. Finally, this ensures the real problem – the organizers – finally suffer some consequences for their actions.