Thomas Massie, noted Trumper and reactionary seems to want to trigger the libz. Others think he as a politician should be free to interact with what in some cases are his constituents. Darn speech rights.
A free speech advocacy group on Tuesday called on Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) to restore access to Twitter users who were blocked from his official account amid a backlash to a controversial family photograph the congressman tweeted.
In a four-page letter, the Knight First Amendment Institute pointed Massie to court rulings that interpreted government officials’ Twitter accounts to be public forums, and said blocking followers due to their critical views violated constitutional speech protections.
“Multiple courts have held that public officials’ social media accounts constitute public forums when they are used in the way that you use the @RepThomasMassie account, and they have made clear that public officials violate the First Amendment when they block users from these fora on the basis of viewpoint,” reads the letter from the Institute, which is housed at Columbia University.
Massie sparked outrage last week when he tweeted a Christmas card photograph depicting himself and family members clutching AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles and other firearms just days after a deadly school shooting in Michigan. The shooting renewed calls by lawmakers and advocates for gun control legislation.
"Merry Christmas!" Massie's tweet said, adding, "ps. Santa, please bring ammo."
The post drew widespread condemnation on Twitter, apparently prompting Massie or the manager of his account to block critics.
below images may be NSFW because they depict adult toys.
use of his children as willing props to antagonize bereaved families and instigate pain. This photo is an indictment of @RepThomasMassie
at every conceivable level with regard to every value of decency, goodness, character and grace that will ever exist. There are 435 Members
of the House of Representatives sent by the American people from all 50 states to cooperate, disagree, compromise and reason together in the forging a more perfect Union. This disgrace is who the majority of voters have chosen from amongst them in the 4th District of Kentucky to
send to Washington DC to conduct the affairs of the United States of America. That, it seems to me, frames the question at hand. Who wants to live in the society that @RepThomasMassie
is advocating in a picture worth many more than a thousand words? I don’t and it makes me
sick that my children have come to age in a society that requires them to be prepared at a moments notice to react to an armed attack with weapons of war at their school. I am a gun owner sick of gun fetishists like @RepThomasMassie
. The behavior is WEIRD, STRANGE, BIZARRE and
Irresponsible. Guns are not toys. The weapons pictured include an M-60 machine gun, a Vietnam War era weapon that fires more than 600 rounds per minute with an effective range of 1200 yards. The glazed eyes and Stepford smiles of @RepThomasMassie
’s family of cruel gun fetishists
posed in front of a tree that is a symbol for Jesus Christ in the eyes of millions of Christians who will soon celebrate his birth and message of peace, love, forgiveness, redemption and salvation speak for themselves. I’m sick of nuts like this speaking in the name of American
values under the Capitol Dome. It seems to me that the overwhelming majority of us who are living together within the boundaries of the United States in this shared moment of time don’t want to live in a world being shaped by @RepThomasMassie
and his twisted values. Enough.
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