First Amendment remedies

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January 11, 2011
by Randall Amster  
Posted in Commentary

"Despite the temptation to join the grief-stricken chorus of blame, I do not believe that flame-fanners and spleen-suppliers like Sarah Palin, et al., are responsible for the tragic events in Tucson. Rather, the incendiary rhetorical devices they've used -- from gun sights over congressional districts to the invocation of 'Second Amendment remedies' as viable tactics for change -- make these demagogues irresponsible about the consequences of their allusions. Words do have power, and thus should be used cautiously, but the notion of linking those words with the actions of others and ascribing blame for their remote consequences is a dangerous slippery slope that could have a chilling effect on all of our First Amendment rights." (01/11/11)  

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