First, the story in question:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus man accused of threatening President Barack Obama on Twitter.
A complaint filed by the U.S. Secret Service in federal court in Columbus says the threatening tweets were made last month and included threats to kill the president.
The complaint says that when interviewed by a Secret Service agent late last month, Daniel Temple admitted to posting the threatening messages.
The complaint says the tweets included the president’s name and phrases such as “coming to kill you” and “killing you soon.”
Are you that stupid? For those who need a quick lesson, here is:
(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Don’t think social media counts? Check out the definition of missive:
A missive usually refers to the old-school style of hand-written communication on paper (remember that?), but these days you also might hear an email called a missive, too. No matter how you deliver it, a missive is a message.
Whether you’re viral or not, PEOPLE CAN (and do) READ YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS, BLOGS AND EMAIL!! Especially when it comes to the White House!
It’s great that our voices can be heard by so many people in the world. It’s also terrible that our voices can be heard by so many people in the world. It’s worse that you don’t know who all is able to or does read your posts. Or someone reposts or reports your words and your potential trouble grows exponentially.
Just be smart and just call our elected officials names and question their actions. THAT’S what the First Amendment is for! To prevent retaliation from the Government for our criticism, not threats.