After reading from the Constitution at a community meeting about property tax assessments, a New Jersey mother of one was arrested for “terroristic threats” and “contempt,” and her properly-licensed guns were confiscated. The woman, whose parents survived the Holocaust, learned that “it can happen here.”
Eileen Hart and her husband attended an informal meeting in the Gloucester Community Center. The citizens assembled there to complain that Appraisal Systems, Inc. (“ASI”), which New Jersey hired to reevaluate property values, was valuing them too high. Mrs. Hart, an Orthodox Jew, also complained that the ASI representative’s attempt to inspect her house when her husband wasn’t present violated her religious beliefs.
Mrs. Hart arrived at the meeting armed . . . with a copy of the Constitution. When it was her turn to speak, she stated her opinion and read from the Constitution. The County Tax assessor, claiming she had the right to “enforce the law,” refused to let Mrs. Hart finish speaking. Said Mrs. Hart: