These clowns have now transitioned to vaccination obstruction. Not just mere anti-vax advocacy, not just their own personal ranting festival on Facebook. Obstruction.
Anti-vaccination protesters have disrupted several vaccination drives in Georgia, and even forced one to shut down, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Aides to Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the state's top health official, also described how public health staff "have been harassed, yelled at, threatened and demeaned by some of the very members of the public they were trying to help." In one county, protesters used social media to identify public health employees and "[harangue] them with messages of hostility and misinformation about vaccines," writes the Journal-Constitution.
A mobile event in north Georgia was canceled after an "organized group" of anti-vaxxers arrived to bother and name-call those running the drive. "Aside from feeling threatened themselves, staff realized no one would want to come to that location for a vaccination under those circumstances, so they packed up and left," said Nancy Nydam, Toomey's spokesperson.
This behavior from anti-vaxxers now threatens to cost lives from Covid. Such mobile clinics reach disadvantaged communities that may not be able to easily access a life saving vaccine, and thanks to “social media”, organizing to harrass, intimidate, and threaten has never been easier.
I have several thoughts. First we must make, immediately, a law declaring that obstruction of medical procedures is a Federal offense with a minimum prison sentence, period. You want to stop a gynecologist from prescribing medicine? Prison. You want to take actions, physically, in person, or digitally that stops someone, say a rural family without access to urban medical amenities from getting a potentially life-saving vaccine? Prison.
Secondly, Facebook must be held civilly accountable for the actions their platform allows to propagate. All social media must be. YouTube, Twitter, all of it. If your platform is where miscreant criminals gathered, planned, organized, and used to execute plans to disrupt medicine, security, governance, or the discharging of administrative duties, you must be made to pay fines, face criminal charges, and if need be, blocked by ISPs. Hateful, riot inciting, violent, and seditious speech is not protected under the 1st Amendment.
Stop giving them a wide berth.
I am done with the kid gloves. We can not let them force us to abort our mission of protecting our neighbors. Stop debating. Stop giving them a seat at the table, stop coddling them. Punish them.
Protect our public servants and their right to get vaccinated.
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