It seems that the American people are starting to wake up to the reality behind Antifa. Despite their namesake stemming from the words “anti-fascist,” this far-left group has been instigating riots, violence, and chaos across the land in an effort to destabilize this country — and silence conservative voices.
Thankfully, state leaders and law enforcement experts have begun considering a new law that would allow them to treat far-left extremist groups like criminal street gangs. If such a law came to be, it would mean that Antifa members who commit violence could be prosecuted for acts of terrorism, according to the Daily Caller.
First proposed by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, classifying Antifa as a gang would have drastic repercussions for the group. Arreguin stated, “They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia.”
Since violent white supremacist groups have already been designated as domestic terror groups, it makes sense that the same classification should befall these radical leftist groups.
Documents were released by the Department of Homeland Security that informally classified Antifa’s actions as “domestic terrorist violence.” According to unreported documents from as far back as 2016, officials claimed that “anarchist extremists” were the root cause of violence at public demonstrations. They also have a history of attacking law enforcement — all in the name of fighting racism, fascism, and he oppressive capitalist system, allegedly.
“It is gang behavior with some ideology,” said Brian Levin, who directs the Cal State San Bernardino Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, “but it is also a social entity as well as a political one.”
Deputy District Attorney Britt Imes, however, suggests that it’s the criminal actions of the groups that make them a street gang, and not their politics. “There’s an argument for it, but there’s also a very grave concern because they are exercising their constitutional rights,” he said.
In a sense, the attorney is correct. Everyone has the right to free speech, and even the far-left has a right to express their viewpoints, regardless of their validity. The problem is that these groups are frequently violent.
The Left feels as if they are moral arbiters, and that everyone who disagrees with them is wrong, unethical, or evil. In light of such a view, it’s not surprising that the more extreme groups are so willing to resort to violence. To them, conservatives are evil, plain and simple.
Imes continued, saying that, “If their purpose is to come together to cause havoc or engage in violence, and this is Antifa or the white supremacist side…they’re going to engage in conduct that will eventually fit the definition of what a criminal street gang is.”
This notion is completely correct. There are many instances of Antifa planning to hold violent riots to shut down events, including the infamous Berkley situation, or the time they planned to deface public, Confederate monuments on Independence Day.
If an overtly “progressive” state such as California is having this conversation, then maybe it truly is the end for Antifa after all.