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  •  There are limits to free speech that directly (6+ / 0-)

    threatens the safety of others. The classic example of course is shouting "FIRE!" in a crowded theater. If this man were threatening to shoot the President, would he still be armed and on the streets? Why is threatening to shoot other elected officials any less important?

    Perhaps even more to the point, open calls for armed insurrection against the established order is a crime:

    In 1940, the Alien Registration Act, or "Smith Act", was passed, which made it a federal crime to advocate or to teach the desirability of overthrowing the United States Government, or to be a member of any organization which does the same.
    This man will either kill someone himself, or will incite others to do it for him -- classic stochastic terrorism. I'm not an attorney, so attorneys here can tell me why I'm wrong, but it would seem to me that at the very least, he should be charged, immediately, under the Smith Act, and he should be disarmed.

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