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.