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Silencing dissent or necessary? How far would this go?

Dem planning bill that would outlaw threatening lawmakers.

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.

By this standard, if is already applied to the President, shouldn't there be a hell of a lot of liberal/progressives already in jail? And by who's "perception" would we rely on?

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 8:52 AM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • By this standard, if is already applied to the President, shouldn't there be a hell of a lot of liberal/progressives already in jail? And by who's "perception" would we rely on?

    How many "mothers" on CM cry that they're being attacked every time someone tells them no? That could be ugly.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:53 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • How many "mothers" on CM cry that they're being attacked every time someone tells them no? That could be ugly.-NotPanicking

    Comments like this one are exactly what causes issues on CM.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:55 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • So true NP, thats why I asked who's perception. It definately could get very ugly.
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 8:59 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • This is one of those unenforceable laws. It's completely subjective and based on someone's opinion of threatening language.
    sopranomommy

    Answer by sopranomommy at 9:08 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Yeah, let's take the attempted assassination of a Democrat and turn that into a question critical of Democrats. That's typical Carpy.
    peggy572

    Answer by peggy572 at 9:19 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Soprano that's exactly what my husband said this morning. He said wow if it were that easy to take out enemy combatants in Afghanistan and Iraq we'd be home by now!
    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 9:22 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Aren't there already laws against threatening people? I don't see a reason to duplicate.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:25 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Dissent isn't threats


    Threats are against the LAW


    I agree with this


    Federal judges have been threatened alot lately....they are fearful...and now politicians are being threatened at an alarming rate

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:44 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I dont think we need it. What about these town hall meetings and if someone goes there and tells one of them they dont like their policies and it gets heated? They go to jail for their opinion? What about various message boards where people blow off steam? Not allowed either? They are public figures and have to know that choosing to be a public figures means sometimes people will not only disagree with you, but will say and maybe do things that can be threatening. Whats next after this? If someone doesnt like a movie star they can go to jail too>?
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 9:44 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Would hanging a politician in effigy be considered Threat?
    myame

    Answer by myame at 9:51 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

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