Dems Hit the First and Second Amendments

Normally, I restrict myself to talking about gun issues, but I saw something while writing my last article that needed some commentary. I saw this interesting tidbit in the same article I referenced in my last post:

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.

Many people reading this article probably missed that sentence. However, when I first read it, it scared me.

Even laying aside the First Amendment, free speech implications of such a law, there is more there to scare anyone who pays attention.

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.

That is an incredibly arbitrary statement. “Could be seen” by whom? Since some Democrats and liberals routinely refer to conservative speech as “hate speech,” they might see any speech by conservatives as being “threatening or violent.” Certainly, much standard language would be considered criminal if such a law were to be passed. This restriction on speech is unconstitutional and would lead to an arbitrary application of an arbitrary law.

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About chlchronicles

Concealed Handgun License holder in Texas.
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