Representative Chip Limehouse has proposed a bill that would use law enforcement to protect servicemen and women in the state, as well as their families. The Charleston Republican wrote the bill after Nidal Hasan killed 13 and injured 30 in Fort Hood. Limehouse says the penalty for such a crime needs to speak measures.
“It makes terrorizing or threatening to terrorize a member of the military or their family a felony in South Carolina, punishable up to 10 years in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine. The threat could be verbally, it could be electronically or written,” says Limehouse.
Limehouse explains what the bill aims to do: “Basically it’s to address the situation we had with the crazy Hasan, Major Hasan there in Fort Hood. He would have had problem after problem swept under the rug by his politically correct superiors who were afraid to address the situation head on,” says Limehouse.
Limehouse says he is confident his bill will gain support throughout the Legislature and he hopes it sets precedent for others.
“What my state law is designed to do and I hope other states will follow suit, is to use our local law enforcement and our local laws to protect our members of the military. South Carolina, we’ve got military base down at Parris Island, we’ve got Fort Jackson, we’ve got the Air Force Base down here in Charleston. We are a very military state, we’re pro-military and patriotic. We’ve been doing this a long time. This is just designed to protect military members and their families from crazy people,” says Limehouse.
The bill will go up for discussion when the legislature reconvenes on January 12.