Arizona Shooter Kills a 6th Victim With the Help of the Media: the First Amendment

h/t WC Varones, who has extensive commentary on Arizona nutjob shooter Jared Loughner, what that means for the shreds of the First Amendment that were remaining up until this point, and how the media didn't drive him to it but have blood on their hands if they don't knock it off.

The First Amendment has already been on precarious footing for quite some time (PATRIOT Act, anyone? You are still allowed to say whatever you want but I would highly recommend against it ifyoufeelmeshhthey'relistening) but now it's officially dead.


Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, told CNN that he also plans to take legislative action. He will introduce a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a federal official, including a member of Congress.

Can I get a clarification on this rule? Since Ben Bernanke isn't technically a federal official, can I still say he deserves to be assraped by a pack of rabid donkeys for acting like a jackass? That's not a threat, it's more like a request to the Universe.

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Kellen said...

Ridiculous. I know that you're not allowed to use words to "incite to violence" but that's hard to prove anyway. But just saying something threatening??? That's definitely violating the bounds of the amendment.

Especially against public officials - from what I was taught in Constitutional Law, being in the public eye makes you less protected from threatening language and right to privacy than other people. I.E. if you are a public official, it's more expected that people will hate you than if you're an ordinary citizen. So, if anything, these protections against threats should be higher for regular citizens, not politicians who actively seek the limelight and by nature have strong and controversial views.

Plus, murdering/attempting to murder someone is illegal, and has been illegal, whether or not they are a public official, and that is the real crime in this case. Making it illegal didn't stop it here.

Ubu said...

From your mouth to the long ears of the the donkey god, no stinkin' rule is going to get in the way of that pack..