This is censorship…

Over at Popehat there is a nice little discussion going on as to what amounts to censorship.

Now, I’m no 1st amendment expert.  I haven’t studied it much.  Don’t know the history of Supreme Court decisions, but I know censorship.  And this is censorship.

Let me point you to my blog roll over there on the right.  Please take a look at the General Interest category.  Notice that link to dispatches from TJICistan?  Well do you notice that when you click on the link that the site is down?

That is related, I am assuming here, to this Boston.com article about the over the top statement Travis Corcoran made in response to the shooting in Arizona earlier this month.  In a post titled “1 down, 534 to go” Travis wrote the following (via my google reader feed):

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/20…

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday.

The 40-year-old Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a “Congress on Your Corner” event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said. 

It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot “indiscriminately”.

Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.

Please!

Now, you may find that beyond the pale.  But should it result in having his weapons seized and his firearm license suspended?  Travis (I have been a lurker, and occasional commenter, on his web site for a few years) is not someone I know personally.  He is an internet acquaintance.  He probably wouldn’t like me in person as I am probably too soft in my Catholicism for his tastes.  Anyway, anybody that has read his blog suspects that the Arlington, Mass. police must have been relishing an opportunity to take away his weapons and ammunition.  He has been a critic of the entire Arlington government for a long time.

We are also talking about a man who owns businesses in the community.  He owns a home in the community.  Can anybody really think Travis is a serious threat to a congress person?

Who gets to decide if this is a real threat?  Certainly, I hope, the people that feel they may be a target of any implied threat.

I’m tired of being a subject.  I want to be a citizen.

I wish Travis well.

(Update: That should have read “Certainly not, I hope, the people that feel they may be a target of any implied threat.”  I wasn’t even drinking last night when I made that mistake.)