“Republicans always scream they want government out of your life…until they don’t”

I have a prediction for what the NRA’s new slogan for 2015 will be….

Surveillance cameras all across the metro catch criminals in the act, robbing gas stations, pizza shops and loan offices.

Each time, the robber’s face is covered with a hood or mask.

“Those things are scary to us,” said Mayfair [Oklahoma] Liquor Manager, Shelly Cruze.

Shelly Cruze’s store, Mayfair Liquor, was once a target of a robbery and once was enough.

“Of course the hood was up and it was drawn,” said Cruze.

So now, Shelly has a clear message to customers even before they walk in. No hoodies, hoods or masks.

“When you go into a place they need to see your face. That’s just human contact, that’s communication is to see your face,” said Cruze.

Shelly’s rule could eventually be law.

After consulting with the Department of Public Safety, Senator Don Barrington has authored a bill that would make it unlawful to wear a mask, hood or covering during the commission of a crime or to intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place.

Guns don’t kill people.  Hoodies do! 

And now, countdown to experts analyzing this sort of law without mentioning that, in addition to the current crop of laws’ primary purpose of racial profiling, cops have a history of eagerly using them to persecute cross-dressers and transsexuals in 3…2…1…

[B]ans on hoodies — no matter the intention — only serve to exacerbate problems with racial profiling. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin took on the issue when an Indiana mall banned the garment in March:

“This is about the pretext of being able to stop young African-American males,” she said. “Hoodie is code for ‘thug’ in many places and I think businesses shouldn’t be in the business of telling people what to wear.

..

Hostin argued that hoodie bans are similar to previous bans on sagging pants, in that both target clothing items or styles worn predominantly by black men. Because of that, Hostin said, the bans give businesses and police officers an excuse to racially profile.

“When do we get to a place in our society where we stop doing this kind of thing?” she continued. “Where we stop targeting young black men so there is a pretext for being allowed to escort them out of a mall simply because of what they’re wearing?”

Similar laws banning hoodies and other face-coverings are already on the books in 10 states around the country, according to a report in Time Magazine. Several businesses in New York City have taken it upon themselves to prohibit hoodie-wearing in their stores.

…and we have a winnah!

Oh, and if there’s any doubt that this is a red-meat proposal, take a look at the exact wording:

SB13-1

SB13-2

The specific language addressing only the commission of crimes – and hoods – is already the law.  The only addition is to criminalize the mere act of being in public while looking like someone else thinks that you shouldn’t.

Yes, there is also the addition of the exception for “medical purposes.”

How confident are you that the prosecutors and courts of Oklahoma will, for purposes of this law, recognize transsexuality as a medical condition?

And, even if the courts and even the prosecutors ultimately do, how confident are you that the cops will?

For as cops always say (just rarely on camera): You might beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride.

When next I travel from Iowa to Texas, I think I’ll go by way of New Mexico.

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