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No Nazi Threats Law: US Legislation to Outlaw Nazi Symbols

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No Nazi Threats Law: Proposal to Outlaw the Display of Nazi / Neo-Nazi Symbols in the United States of America 

 We propose Nazi and Neo Nazi Symbols, Greetings and Slogans, and Nazi Tattoos on Individuals be outlawed because they constitute literal criminal threats of violence towards the public.

Nazi and Neo-Nazi symbols in particular pose a genuine and literal criminal threat of violence towards the general public, including people of color / minorities, immigrants, Jewish, Muslim, LGBT and transgender persons. 

The government of the United States of America has a responsibility to its citizens to protect them from criminal threats. 

Just as Germany, France and other countries have enacted laws to protect citizens from the hate-based threats and violence stemming from Nazi and Neo-Nazi rhetoric, and indeed to protect citizens from a resurgence of such Evil, we the people of the United States of America raise our collective voice to denounce the vile Nazi and Neo-Nazis. We proclaim the hateful beliefs of Nazis and Neo-Nazis to be wholly and forever incompatible with the ideals of inalienable rights, civil and human rights, and equal justice for all established in our nation. We demand federal and state laws be enacted to further protect the peaceful public from this insidious and evil doctrine.

The display of Nazi or Neo-Nazi symbols shall be regarded as a generalized criminal threat towards the public, as these symbols are universally recognized to denote hate and a willingness to harm others. Penalties and Prosecution should rightly follow as with other statutes concerning criminal threats of violence.

In the Second World War, some 416,800 American souls died fighting the evil of the Nazis.  Millions of people died to defeat the evil of the Nazis. We must honor their lives and their sacrifice by maintaining their hard-won victory. - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The National WWII Museum

The Holocaust was a genocide in which some six million European Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, and the World War II collaborators with the Nazis. The victims included 1.5 million children, and constituted about two-thirds of the nine million Jews who had previously resided in Continental Europe. A broader definition of the Holocaust includes non-Jewish victims, such as the Romani, Poles, members of other Slavic ethnic groups, and Aktion T4 patients who were killed because they were mentally and physically disabled. An even broader definition includes Soviet citizens, prisoners of war, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, blacks, political opponents of the Nazis, and members of other smaller groups.

From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in a genocide, which was part of a larger event that included the persecution and murder of other peoples in Europe. Under the coordination of the SS, with directions from the highest leadership of the Nazi Party, every arm of Germany's bureaucracy was involved in both the logistics and the carrying out of the mass murder. Killings were committed throughout German-occupied Europe, as well as within Nazi Germany itself, and they were also committed across all territories controlled by its allies. Other victims of Nazi crimes included ethnic Poles, Ukrainians, and other Slavs; Soviet citizens and Soviet POWs; communists; homosexuals; Jehovah's Witnesses; and others. Some 42,500 detention facilities were utilized in the concentration of victims for the purpose of committing gross violations of human rights. Over 200,000 people are estimated to have been Holocaust perpetrators.

The persecution was carried out in stages, culminating in the policy of extermination which was termed the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Following Hitler's rise to power, the German government passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society, most prominently the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. Starting in 1933 the Nazis began to establish a network of concentration camps. After the outbreak of war in 1939 both German and foreign Jews were herded into wartime ghettos. In 1941, as Germany began to conquer new territory in the East, all anti-Jewish measures radicalized. Specialized paramilitary units called Einsatzgruppen murdered around two million Jews in mass shootings in less than a year. By mid-1942, victims were regularly being transported by freight trainsto extermination camps. Most who survived the journey were systematically killed in gas chambers. This continued until the end of World War II in Europe in April–May 1945.


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