Oklahoma Considers Law Reform to Allow Defensive Escape by Motor Vehicle

Image from indystar.com video, cropped, scaled, arrows and lettering added by Dean Weingarten

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- One of the tactics used by the far left to disrupt the lives of private citizens and to show their power, is to block roadways, streets, and public right of ways. Blocking public right of ways has been a minor crime. Most states have statutes that require vehicles to give way to pedestrians.

The far-left found this weakness in the system, which allowed them to disrupt and endanger tens of thousands of other people without serious penalty for themselves.

Once vehicles were stopped, the drivers and passengers would be at the mercy of the mob. Several drivers have been beaten. Others have been shot at. The mobs appear to have been taught tactics to incite drivers to attempt to escape, and then to claim “victim” status. There are numerous videos that show “protestors” running to get in front of vehicles to stop them and render them vulnerable to the mob.

Several state legislatures have recognized this flaw in the system, which allows groups of people to terrorize the public and to cause fear and death, as emergency vehicles are diverted or delayed from reaching hospitals or those in need of emergency care. AP reports bills are pending in Iowa, Missouri, Utah, Florida, and about a dozen other states.

Oklahoma is one of those states.

Representative Kevin McDugle has introduced a bill, HB2215, to rectify the situation and allow drivers to escape threatening situations. If shown to be justified, drivers would be immune to lawsuits and criminal penalties. The bill passed the initial committee hearing 6-1.  From Billtrack50.com:

SECTION 1.AMENDATORY 21 O.S. 2011, Section 1320.2, is amended to read as follows:

Section 1320.2 It shall be unlawful and shall constitute incitement to riot for a person or persons, intending to cause, aid, or abet the institution or maintenance of a riot, to do an act or engage in conduct that urges other persons to commit acts of unlawful force: 1. Force or violence, or the unlawful burning; HB2215 HFLR 2. Burning or destroying of property, or the unlawful interference; 3. Interference with a police officer, peace officer, fireman or a member of the Oklahoma National Guard or any unit of the armed services officially assigned to riot duty in the lawful performance of his or her duty; 4. Obstruction of an exit or entrance into a private business; or 5. Obstruction of any street, road, highway or thoroughfare in this state used by the public.

SECTION 2.NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1320.11 of Title 21, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows: A motor vehicle operator who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual shall not be criminally or civilly liable for the injury or death, if the injury or death of the individual occurred while the motor vehicle operator was fleeing from a riot, as defined in Section 1311 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, under a reasonable belief that fleeing was necessary to protect the motor vehicle operator from serious injury or death.

This act shall become effective November 1, 2021.

Ok statutes 21-1311

 Any use of force or violence, or any threat to use force or violence if accompained by immediate power of execution, by three or more persons acting together and without authority of law, is riot.

Those who oppose the law claim “protestors” have the right to violate the law and disrupt other peoples’ lives in order to bring attention to their perceived grievances.  From wnep.com:

Mark Faulk, a longtime Oklahoma activist who was arrested last year for blocking a roadway, said dramatic tactics are necessary to get people’s attention. 

“The idea of escalating it to the point where you disrupt the convenience of the citizens and of the status quo, you have to do that sometimes to make a point,” Faulk said.

The right to peaceably assemble does not include the power to block public right of ways without prior arrangement and notice. The right of free speech does not include the power to infringe on the rights of others.

The left has long held the rule of law, due process, and Constitutional Rights should only be upheld when they work in favor of the left. Chris Cuomo of CNN supports the First Amendment as violence for the far left. He asked where it said protesters (on the left) are supposed to be polite and peaceful:

“And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”

The left seems to think they will “win” by throwing the country into chaos and destroying the rule of law and due process.

When that happens, everyone loses, except, perhaps, for a very tiny minority that gains control at the top. Even they will always be in doubt of their position and power.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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Patriot Jim
Patriot Jim
4 months ago

Those five critical words, “I feared for my life” could be used to escape from these morons. I don’t know anyone who goes looking for trouble. But I also know none of my friends are going to submit to the bullsh*t these morons are embarrassing.

Last edited 4 months ago by Patriot Jim
Knute
Knute
4 months ago

And in even better news, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has just signed House Bill 1674, a bill to protect drivers who hit protesters while fleeing from riots. It does specify “unintentionally”. I’d suggest fiddling with your heater or A/C controls, followed by something like; “I didn’t even see them there. I thought everybody learned not to play in the middle of the street by the age of 6! Where’s their Mother at? Why wasn’t she keeping her kids out of the street? :-)https://www.oklahoman.com/story/news/2021/04/21/oklahoma-kevin-stitt-signs-bill-protecting-drivers-who-hit-protesters/7284339002/

Bozz
Bozz
4 months ago

Stopping people in the road, blocking traffic, and disrupting their routines and plans, or beating and shooting at them is not likely to win over many people to their side. If one or two people walk down the middle of the road, they get arrested. If a mob does it, well, that’s okay, but don’t hurt them. Just stupid.

Bozz
Bozz
4 months ago

Stopping people on the road and pulling them from their vehicles used to be called highway robbery.

Bozz
Bozz
4 months ago

Let’s use the left’s terminology. Instead of saying they found a weakness in the system, let’s call it a loophole.

gooder12
gooder12
4 months ago

It is always interesting to read that the left has a plan, yet the right does the same darn thing. Sad, that we cannot all see this, but the point of this article applies to all of us, not just the left. For years cops have known that their patrol car can be used as a wagon against a person on foot, but they refrain from doing so. There are a few videos of a cop doing so, and if the guy they drop is a bad guy it is a good method to stop the threat. The same thing… Read more »

Rogue
Rogue
4 months ago

Excellent idea. I hope other states and localities will follow suit.

hippybiker
hippybiker
4 months ago

Everything that SOB Faulk said describes acts of terrorism!

Country Boy
Country Boy
4 months ago

Within our United States, if and once there is no longer any rule of law, the law abiding will thusly be excused from further being so. That is when the current Communist Predators will become the Hunted Prey. Because they will be extremely outnumbered and under armed, they will be become quickly in great peril. I suspect the Communists will lose. It will be referred to as “The Great Reckoning” in future history books. It may last 4 weeks or 5 yrs like the last infighting that occurred in our Country. It will also be interesting to see which side… Read more »

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Get Out
Get Out
4 months ago

IMOA, anyone that’s never been in a vehicle suddenly surrounded by peaceful protestors who become a violent mob in an instant banging on the windows with frozen water bottles, backpacks of bricks, skateboards or other items need to go experience it for themselves.

Finnky
Finnky
4 months ago
Reply to  Get Out

Some of us learn from the experiences of others. I don’t have to personally experience getting caught in a mob to know I want to avoid it. I also make an effort to consider the possible scenarios and how to survive them – starting with just avoiding them.

Tionico
Tionico
4 months ago

Someone remind Cuomo, who seems to be cut of the same rotten cloth as are others bearing the same surname, that he should take out his copy of the US Constitution, the binding law in these here parts, and READ that First Article of Amendment, wherein the right to PEACEABLY assemble, and to seek redress of grievances FROM THE GOVERNMENT (not well it does not say from sovereign individuals, as they are attempting). Blocking private citizens from going about their daily business, restricting their RIGHT to travel and to assemble peaceably with whom THEY desire, not whom CUomo demands, is… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
4 months ago

dramatic tactics are necessary to get people’s attention. so WHO decides when “it is NECESSARY to get people’s ttention”? And on what terms? We are a nation of LAWS< not raw power. We tossed the limeys off our turf because they did not know nor did they respect, our desire to simply live peaceabely together on this continent, a RIGHT established in each of the oringila thirteen charters negoatiated with the then/King of England. Later kings decided we would become a revenue source, and a font of soldiers and sailors to brutalise the rest of the planet. When we said… Read more »

Mike
Mike
4 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

Those users of ‘dramatic tactics’ should be reminded, often and also dramatically, of the meaning of the words ‘escalation of force’.

Not to get their attention, just to show solidarity. /sarc

Patriot Jim
Patriot Jim
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

I am amazed those morons never stop to think that the other side can also embrace “dramatic tactics”, ie “I don’t have to submit to your bullsh*t.”

DonP
DonP
4 months ago

“Mark Faulk, a longtime Oklahoma activist who was arrested last year for blocking a roadway, said dramatic tactics are necessary to get people’s attention.”

So if the driver hits the rioters with his/her vehicle while trying to escape, wouldn’t that qualify as “dramatic tactics” to get the rioters’ attention that they are in the way? Sounds like the rioters should be in favor of this legislation.

Dry gulched
Dry gulched
4 months ago

Those 2 cretins in the photo would be charged with murder if they shot an innocent motorist while they’ll trying to proceed on their way. Dimlibs don’t think. They run purely on emotion.

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

Yeahhhhh….. the truck owner’s kids would have THAT to hang on for the rest of their lives. (and then these 2 bitches would probably only spend a couple years in jail – become lefty “heroes”, or get off on a technicality, OR possibly fear that if convicted, the town descends into weeks of violence and rioting)

Wass
Wass
4 months ago

You don’t have to be a gun owner to like this legislation. Too bad, it will be implemented in few states.

gregs
gregs
4 months ago

i’m gonna get me a cow catcher line on a old time train. our gov de Santis is waiting to sign our anti-riot legislation into law and rightfully so. i don’t care if it is law or not, rioters stopping me on a roadway will not be happy with the results.

swmft
swmft
4 months ago
Reply to  gregs

The stupid fu..s on the atvs and motorcycles need to pull chain link fence in front of them take the bikes turn them into shredded scrap and catch them at it again break their hands. rules of road are to protect the rights of others if you goof your insurance makes them whole ,most of the rules ar e to mitigate losses so companies dont go bust

Tionico
Tionico
4 months ago
Reply to  swmft

some idiot getting his sorry self hurted cuz he was dumb eough to stand in front of six thousand pounds of rolling steel, moved by a few hundred horesepower, is NOT a victim except of his own idiocy. No insurance company should ever pay to put any such eedjit back together.

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75
4 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

Correction, 6000 lb of rolling aluminum.

Cheers from the oil patches Central Wyoming

Mike
Mike
4 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

That reminds me of:
Which is heavier – 1000 lbs of lead or 1000 lbs of feathers?

Knute
Knute
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

This one too: “In a vacuum chamber, which falls faster, a feather or a bowling ball?”

Bob
Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

If ya got a Ford.

Bob
Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  swmft

Only in soflo. I’m in total agreement! Those idiots NEED to go to jail for a while and lose their atvs and bikes. I’ve been of the opinion that if they run the red light accidents do happen. But of course there is no such thing as an accident. It really is a crash because it was preventable. Guess who’s at fault? The idiot from Michigan with an unregistered, unlicensed atv or dirt bike on public roads running red lights? And the poor police trying to keep idiots from getting killed. Tsk tsk tsk. And on January 15th too.

nrringlee
nrringlee
4 months ago

The Progressive New Left has conspired for a very long time to throw the country in to chaos. They realized in the 1970’s with the publication of the Prairie Fire Manifest that they cannot win in the arena of ideas. They cannot convince a free people to give up their liberty. They certainly cannot convince a free and well armed people to submit to totalitarianism. So they first attacked our social and political institutions and infected every aspect of life with the dry rot of leftist ideology and public policy. Having accomplished that task they now feel emboldened to kick… Read more »

swmft
swmft
4 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

they started during reconstruction with jim crow the anti voting stuff is bs every ebt card holder has id they have to so itis easy to know citizen or not they just want to stuff ballot box chavez did in Venezuela, foreign nationals in capitol were given id to vote people working in registry were chavez people did nothing but fake papers for months

WI Patriot
WI Patriot
4 months ago

I have a dashcam, records EVERYTHING…point a gun at me while I’m in my truck, and they’ll be picking you out of the tread of my tires with a spoon…

nrringlee
nrringlee
4 months ago
Reply to  WI Patriot

So how about a dash cam mounted on your favorite AR or AK?

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
4 months ago

It’s sitting on the Governors desk awaiting signature

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
4 months ago

“When that (DISRUPTIONS) happens, everyone loses, except, perhaps, for a very tiny minority that gains control at the top. Even they will always be in doubt of their position and power.”
You have PERFECTLY DESCRIBED what is happening in OUR White House at this very time (April 22, 2021) with the Xiden / Harrass ILLEGITIMATELY INSTALLED regime.

StreetSweeper
StreetSweeper
4 months ago

I’m gonna need a bigger grill guard!

Terry
Terry
4 months ago
Reply to  StreetSweeper

I thinking of one that will funnel them under the truck.

WI Patriot
WI Patriot
4 months ago
Reply to  Terry

Watch “Soylent Green”…get a scoop truck and toss them up and over…

Dry gulched
Dry gulched
4 months ago
Reply to  WI Patriot

“BRING IN THE SCOOPS!”

Bob
Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  WI Patriot

I’m NOT eating any Solyent Green!!!!!

Tionico
Tionico
4 months ago
Reply to  StreetSweeper

the nose of my van is already badly rumpled from a parked car that was not in park, rolled down the hil and hit hard, dead cehter. Functional, but I dont care what else gets done to it, cause its all gonna get redone anyway. Picking some dead meat out of the remains of the grille won’t be much of a problem. My pressure washer will easily take care of any damage they can do.