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College student faces felony terrorism charges after he took a  photo with an AR-15 and joked about melting ‘snowflakes’

A college student from Michigan is facing felony terrorist charges after sending a photo of an AR-15 to friends, and joking about how the gun would “make the snowflakes melt.”

What are the details?

Lucas Gerhard, 20, shared the image of him touting the firearm with a private group of friends on Snapchat on Aug. 22, the night before he was scheduled to return to Lake Superior State University for the fall semester, according to the College Fix.

“Takin this bad boy up, this outta make the snowflakes melt, aye? And I mean snowflakes as in snow,” a caption for the image read.

He was planning to bring his new gun to school because LSSU allows student to bring guns onto the campus. Students can store them in a guarded armory while they attend classes during the semester.

But when a young woman outside of the Snapchat group was shown the image, she perceived it as threatening. She took a screenshot of the image and reported it to school authorities, who in turn alerted local law enforcement.

When Gerhard arrived on campus for the fall semester, he was arrested on a felony charge of terrorism and his bond bail set for $250,000. He ended up spending 83 days in jail before he could be bailed out in mid-November.

Now, Gerhard is under house arrest at his father’s home and awaits a potential jury trial in April where he faces up to 20 years in prison.

‘Extreme political views’

In a copy of the search warrant used by police during Gerhard’s arrest, obtained by the College Fix, the probable cause for the warrant cites one student’s testimony of Gerhard’s “extreme political views,” but did not go into any further detail. Gerhard reportedly holds conservative political beliefs.

According to the Associated Press, Gerhard told an officer that the term “snowflake” referred to people whose political ideology is liberal and that making the snowflakes “melt” referred to their emotional reaction at his bringing an AR-15 to school. He insisted that he did not intend to harm anyone and was studying to become a police officer himself.

He was arrested anyway, despite his explanation.

The AP reported that public safety officers at the school said “they had numerous prior incidents and contacts with Gerhard, including when an anonymous tip was made to downstate law enforcement warning that he was a potential school shooter,” but no more information was given.

The young woman who saw the image and reported Gerhard allegedly had “political arguments” with him before. Gerhard’s father, Mark Gerhard, confirmed that his son is a conservative at a liberal school and is outspoken about his beliefs, but said that he is “never vindictive about anything, never antagonistic.”

Gerhard’s father added that he was “in disbelief” over the incident. “I couldn’t believe the prosecutor had actually decided to press charges,” he said.

Oddly enough, Gerhard’s father noted in conversation with the College Fix, “There was no contact by law enforcement until approximately 4-5 hours after his arrival on campus. This is well after he checked in his rifle and ammunition, received his room key and a building pass that opened virtually every door on campus.”

He argued that if school officials really believed his son to be a threat, they would have asked police to arrest him much earlier.

Michigan lawmakers come to his defense

After news of the incident broke, Michigan lawmakers moved to redefine the state’s terrorism law.

Republican state Rep. John Reilly blasted the arrest and the leniency of the law that allowed officers to detain Gerhard.

“I never thought our society was so fragile that someone’s life could be ruined for telling a joke among friends,” Reilly said. “It’s a travesty that the county prosecutor charged him with any crime, for something that is clearly and undeniably protected speech under the First Amendment.”

In a phone call with the College Fix, Michigan state Rep. Beau LaFave expressed his concern over how law enforcement and the judiciary had operated in this case.

“I think in this particular instance it’s pretty clear that an individual at LSSU exercised his First Amendment right to talk about his Second Amendment right and the police, the university and everybody involved made grievous mistakes in charging him with a 20 year terrorism felony. And I think it’s disturbing to have de facto red flag laws implemented by the police, the judge, the prosecutor and the university when he broke, to my knowledge, no laws,” LaFave said.

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‘You f***in’ nasty-a** Jews’: Woman accused of anti-Semitic attack on NYC subway indicted on hate crime charges

A Manhattan grand jury indicted a woman accused of an anti-Semitic attack on a New York City subway with a hate crime, Fox News reported, citing the victim’s attorneys.

What are the details?

Lihi Aharon, an Israeli college student, told the cable network that in the outset of the December incident she asked Zarinah Ali, 38, to move her belongings because she was occupying three seats on a “full” train — but Ali refused.

Then a seat across from Ali opened up, and Aharon sat down, Fox News said.

“I happened to sit next to a visibly Orthodox Jewish man,” she told the cable network. “He had a beard and a yarmulke, and he turned out also to be an Israeli.”

Image source: Fox News video screenshot

Aharon added to Fox News that Ali “was yelling at him, shouting at him, ‘Allahu Akbar’ [God is most great] and ‘Allah will kill you,’ ‘nasty Jews’: she was citing clauses from the Koran, and ‘when you see a Jew you got to kill him,’ and she used a lot of profanity.”

Aharon told the cable network Ali knew she was Jewish since Aharon was speaking Hebrew.

In a video, Ali can be heard saying, “You f***in’ nasty-ass Jews” and “you stinking-ass Jew,” Fox News said.

“After a few minutes she stood up … and smacked my phone down, and I told my friend … in Hebrew, ‘Record this,’ and my friend started recording, and then she smacked my friend’s phone out of her hands twice,” Aharon added to the cable network.

Then Ali “ran to me and pointed on my face, and then she was grabbing my face — like she was trying to pull my face off — and she scratched me so hard, and my face started bleeding,” she told Fox News.

Aharon added to the cable network that she hit the emergency button on the subway and asked people to call 911; police arrested Ali that night and charged her with assault.

What happened next?

It was far from a slam-dunk hate crime investigation at first.

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The Manhattan district attorney originally was “very resistant” to prosecute the charges as a hate crime, but after media reports and public outrage, the DA switched course, Aharon’s lawyer Kenneth Belkin, with the Spodek Law Group, told Fox News. Belkin and The Lawfare Project partnered to provide Aharon pro bono representation.

“Just because one minority is persecuting another minority doesn’t mean it is not a hate crime,” Brooke Goldstein, attorney and executive director of The Lawfare Project, told the cable network.

Aharon told Fox News that “I still bear the physical and emotional scars from my attack, and I expect they will be with me for many years to come. Today, at least I can feel satisfied that my attacker will be held responsible for her actions and I hope that my experience may help bring this type of hatred to light.”

‘Anti-Semitism doesn’t look like white people wearing swastikas’

Belkin added to the cable network that the prosecutors are “going to have to start speaking the language of new forms of anti-Semitism” in the wake of the spike in anti-Semitic attacks in recent years.

“In the Jewish population centers of America, concentrated in metropolitan areas, anti-Semitism doesn’t look like white people wearing swastikas,” he added to Fox News, noting that a sector of the black community was being propagated by the Nation of Islam and the Black Hebrew Israelites.

“Prosecutors may not be hip to the language, but a lot of what this attacker was saying was similar to the language of Black Hebrew Israelites,” Belkin told the cable network.

As for Goldstein, she told Fox News that the “really alarming rise of violent attacks” aren’t getting coverage in the mainstream media when Jews are the victims compared to when members of a minority group are the victims. However, she added to the cable network that the public must “resist politicization” of anti-Semitic attacks.