Death threats and attempted murder are by-and-large a matter of state law enforcement authorities. That is unless one is stupid enough to threaten the lives of those covered by 18 U.S. Code § 351 (a)(c), according to Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute.
(a) Whoever kills any individual who is a Member of Congress or a Member-of-Congress-elect…
(c) Whoever attempts to kill or kidnap any individual designated in subsection (a) of this section shall be punished by imprisonment for any term of years or for life.
While I readily admit that I’m far from being either a lawyer or someone qualified to interpret the law, I’ll also readily admit I’m naïve enough to actually believe that the legal system isn’t just a question of playing the game by the rules, but more of a question of actually protecting the innocent and administering justice to the guilty.
With that in mind, the recent Massachusetts Girlfriend Suicide-Text manslaughter conviction case as reported by the New York Post very well may have “national ramifications”.
While the NY Post never brought-up the recent attempted assassinations and death threats against members of the GOP Congressional baseball team, it’s a fair question if those of the apparent killer James T. Hodgkinson as well as various Hollywood celebrities, politicians, and members of academia who’ve very openly advocated physical harm, to include death, against President Trump and other Republican elected leaders will be held accountable.
Recently reported by Fox News, twenty-year-old Michelle Carter faces a sentence of probation and a maximum of possibly 20 years in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Carter was found complicit in the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.
Carter, was 17 when she persuaded Roy, 18, to kill himself with a series of texts and phone calls, prosecutors alleged. Roy died when his pickup truck filled with carbon monoxide in a store parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!” Carter wrote in one message.
So what of the soaring rhetoric emanating from the likes of Robert De Niro, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Madonna, Jill Stein, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Snoop Dogg, Professor John Griffin and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio?
They’ve all run the gamut of depicting the killing of President Trump to calling for the Republican members of the House of Representatives “be lined up and shot”.
Whether those previously cited realize it or not, their rather soaring anti-Republican rhetoric actually serves a purpose.
As the good folks at Stanford University noted;
Aristotle defines the rhetorician as someone who is always able to see what is persuasive. Correspondingly, rhetoric is defined as the ability to see what is possibly persuasive in every given case.
In other words, just like in the case of Michelle Carter, if your words get people whipped-up to the point when they would perpetrate a certain action, don’t be shocked when they actually do it.
Last month a professor called for the public assassination of the GOP house
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 14, 2017