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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Anti-Gun Activist Demands Right To Make Terrorist Threats

A Missouri man has been arrested and charged with disturbing the peace and making a terroristic threat after visiting a pro-gun Internet page and asking, “Which [gun] do I need to shoot up a kindergarten?”

James Robert Ross, 20, posted the sophomoric but inflammatory comment under a pro-gun article on a Facebook page in January, and Jackson, Mo., police arrested him the next day. Ross has now filed a lawsuit against the Jackson Police Department and the arresting officers, claiming his comment was protected by the First Amendment and seeking punitive damages.

While one might be inclined to agree with Ross that his speech was constitutionally protected, one is also reminded of the joke about catching a tiger by the tail:  Just because one can do something doesn't mean one should.