Is local billboard "inciting violence"?
By Pete Kaliner
August 1, 2019
A local gun shop erected a billboard with the pictures of "The Squad" - calling them idiots.
Outrage has ensued.
Here's the billboard (as published on the Cherokee Guns Facebook page):
If you go to the Cherokee Guns' Facebook page you'll see the accusations range from racism to misogyny to anti-American to inciting violence.
There are demands that the billboard be taken down.
There are demands that the Facebook page be taken down.
By the way, this isn't the only political billboard Cherokee Guns has erected:
Honestly, it is hard to take concerns about incitement to violence seriously given the utter lack of outrage, condemnations, denunciations, and disavowals of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for "inciting" an attack on ICE facility with her rhetoric. There's barely any coverage that connects the Democrats' inflammatory speech with the attack.
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview Tuesday that marginalized communities in the U.S. and across the globe “have no choice but to riot” under certain conditions.
“I believe that injustice is a threat to the safety of all people, because once you have a group that is marginalized and marginalized and marginalized, then you create a … like, once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot,” the New York socialist said during an interview on “Ebro in the Morning,” a radio show on the New York hip hop station Hot 97.
“And it doesn’t even have to be that way,” she added.
Recall the attempted assassinations of Republican congressmen in 2017 by a rabid Bernie Bro. That attack gets chalked up as due to "anger management issues." But a steroid-laden Trumpkin mailing pipe bombs without triggers is absolute proof that Trump radicalizes people to violence.
When leftists urge and endorse "punching Nazis" - while defining everyone that disagrees with them to be a Nazi - we are already in dangerous territory. And it's not new. We've been here for a while. So, when the left screams about incitement, it's viewed by many on the right as hyperbolic and hypocritical - an attempt to have their opponents shut up and exit the public square.
But one thing is clear to me: a business calling four politicians idiots on a billboard is not incitement to violence.
What do you think?