EXCLUSIVE: Conservative Student Charged with Terrorism, Held without Bail for Weeks, for Publishing Picture of Rifle on Social Media
The following article, EXCLUSIVE: Conservative Student Charged with Terrorism, Held without Bail for Weeks, for Posting Picture of Rifle on Social Media, was first published on Big League Politics.
Lucas Gerhard, a 19 years of age trainee who was registered at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has actually been charged with making terroristic threats and faces years in prison for posting an image of a legally-obtained rifle on social media.
Gerhard published an image in Aug. 2019 of his brand-new gun to a private Snapchat group with classmates, declaring that his AR-15 rifle would “make the snowflakes melt” when he went back to campus. The recommendation meant that far-left trainees would be activated by his ownership of the rifle and it would actually melt snow, as the LSSU campus is located in Michigan’s upper peninsula renowned for its icy conditions.
“Taking this bad boy up. This ought to make the snowflakes melt a– and I suggest snowflakes as in snow,” he wrote on social media, according to a transcript of the preliminary examination obtained by Big League Politics.
One schoolmate in the private group– who stated in court proceedings that she did not feel threatened by the post– showed the image to a left-leaning female student, who copied the image on her phone before they submitted a grievance to the district supervisor. It was then kicked up to campus public safety, who got Sault Ste. Marie cops associated with the matter.
“I seen the picture, and when he said like make the snowflakes melt, it type of made me assume that, um, kind of like similar to the weapon and shoot other civilians and things with it,” the female who started the report stated during questioning. She likewise mentioned that media coverage about mass shootings contributed to her panic when seeing the weapon and admitted to having prior political disagreements with Gerhard over political matters.
Prior to Gerhard was even alerted to the controversy, he inspected in his rifle and ammunition at the campus armory as is needed by LSSU. Police came and Gerhard consented to a search of his space, but they found nothing other than a BB gun and a couple of hunting knives. Gerhard told police that he deleted the Snapchat post after individuals commented about its possibly offensive nature, and he was compliant with law enforcement while they questioned him.
Gerhard alerted his daddy, Mark, who drove numerous miles to school from the Metro Detroit area to use his son moral support. Despite the supposed terrorist emergency on school, nothing was locked down and no preventative measures were taken by authorities. The Gerhards anticipated things to blow over, thinking about Lucas not did anything however exercise his 1st and 2nd Change rights. However, that was not the case as Lucas was collared the next day. He would be apprehended for several months in county prison.
LSSU President Rodney S. Hanley sent out a self-congratulatory letter for getting rid of the so-called terror hazard in spite of the truth that Lucas was allowed to stroll around school freely after the complaint was submitted. They also gave Lucas his room secret and permitted him access to virtually every structure on campus while revealing nothing to the campus about the grievance.
Hanley gotten in touch with other students to likewise spy on their peers to authorities wrongthink on school in his email.
“Today at approximately 8:45 a.m., Sault Sainte Marie Authorities and Public Safety officers got rid of an individual from campus. The person is allegedly accountable for a social media posting that was possibly threatening to the safety and well-being of the LSSU community,” Hanley composed.
“We are certain that the individual involved is no longer in the school vicinity. The General Public Safety Department takes this type of messaging seriously, and the University is working closely with the Sault Sainte Marie Cops Department throughout the examination,” he added.
Lucas’ dad Mark, who is a retired Marine colonel that has actually worked for many years in the federal government, told Big League Politics that he understands why the school would take a possible hazard so seriously. What he doesn’t understand is why district attorneys would continue pursuing such a case when it is abundantly clear that his boy presents no danger to public security. As the case establishes, it is ending up being clear that the intent is to make a declaration and strip Lucas of his constitutional liberties forever.
The deputy public protector entrusted with leading the prosecution referred to a Snapchat post during the initial hearing in which Lucas described Democrats on campus as his “enemies” in an effort to paint him as a hazardous danger, demonstrating how this case is about the 1st Modification as much as it is the second.
The prosecutorial group has made it clear to Gerhard’s attorney that the intent is to take Lucas’ 2nd Modification rights far from him for life. He spent an overall of 83 days behind bars before he was lastly allowed to be tethered back house on Nov. 13. He has currently paid an incredible cost for exercising his rights, and the trial has actually not even begun.
“Mr. Gerhard did admit that he was describing a civilian population referred to as like Democrats or liberal millennials; that he was seeking to melt the snowflakes,” the prosecution argued throughout the initial test.
“Undoubtedly, melt can be analyzed by an accurate basis. Your Honor, I believe that would be more so a concern of fact for a jury,” the prosecution continued. “But, undoubtedly, the people are planning that this would be melting and would be an act of a school shooting. A school shooting is plainly violent. Many times people are injured or killed in school shootings. It’s inherently harmful to human life.”
The prosecution likewise noted that “it’s not a defense … that the defendant did not have the intent or capability to devote terrorism,” demonstrating how the justice system is being rigged versus Lucas. Lucas’ father believes that LSSU is pressing the district attorney’s office to make an example of his boy, possibly to please the anti-conservative blood lust of the campus administrators in the age of Trump.
“I believe it’s vindictive prosecution,” Mark Gerhard told Big League Politics. “The school is utilizing this case as an example. They are showing no tolerance. They are the 800 pound gorilla standing on the prosecutor’s shoulders saying we need to make an example.”
This conspiracy of liberal campus officials and opportunistic prosecutors is threatening to damage a young conservative’s life. In an age where Trump fans are being dehumanized and profiled as terrorist threats, Lucas is being railroaded as an example to all conservatives that they should take a seat, stopped talking, and jettison their rights, or deal with the repercussions.
Lucas is refusing to take any plea offer, and will fight the injustice in the courts. His daddy explains that they feel the case has broad ramifications that could impact many cases around the country.
“Lucas is adamant that he didn’t do this. He is not in any method or style looking to take a plea. He is going to combat this all the way through, which I believe is an excellent thing,” Mark said.
“There are a great deal of kids getting prosecuted under these kind of charges. If Lucas takes a plea, everyone following him is lessened. There are not going to be many opportunities for them to combat back versus this after it becomes a precedent,” he added.
While Michigan does not yet have warning laws on the books, Lucas’ case reveals that legal gun owners are under attack like never in the past. Citizen snitches, comparable to Soviet Union, have actually been triggered by the phony news hysteria to enforce Huge Brother’s march against the second Amendment. Pre-crime is the brand-new standard, and the Orwellian Problem is the cruel truth facing us.
“My customer is totally innocent. He is not a terrorist and made no threat of terrorism. This is what occurs when victim mentality is rewarded,” attorney Nick Somberg told Major league Politics. He was recently maintained as additional legal counsel to represent Lucas.
“Non-victims discover methods to play a victim so they can feel unique and like they “did something”. It is unfortunate how far this has actually been enabled to go we are prepared to eliminate this case through a Jury Trial,” he included.
Gerhard is set to deal with a trial in the future. Major league Politics will continue to offer updates as the case advances. Advocates can donate to help settle his installing legal costs here.
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