It doesn’t matter that Obama was not at the meeting nor that the man was unarmed: the threat all on its own is a federal crime, according to the United States Code.
I support the arrest and prosecution of at protests, when they displayed signs in public that called for his death?
To achieve these goals, they essentially suppressed any mentions of the violent signage (including threats to Bush) at anti-war rallies, but have highlighted anything that could even conceivably be construed as a threat at anti-Obama events.
I believe this partly accounts for the 400% increase in reported threats against Obama over those against President Bush.
But if you’re outraged by the very existence of this report, or curious about my motivations for publishing it, then please take a few minutes to read the following explanation.
Let me make this perfectly clear: I am not publishing this essay in order to make excuses for anyone who has threatened President Obama, or who plans to threaten him in the future.
Many readers may naively think, “The answer is obvious: no protester was ever arrested for threatening Bush at a protest because . I certainly never heard of any such threats.” Alas, if only it were that simple.
Because the bald fact is that people threatened Bush at protests all the time by displaying menacing signs and messages — exactly as the anti-Obama protester just did in Maryland. Because this essay exists for one reason only: To prove beyond any doubt that explicit and implicit threats to Bush’s life were commonly displayed at public protests throughout his term as president.
The most famous case was that of Brett Bursey, who was arrested in 2002 outside a Bush speech.Researchers were long mystified as to why incidents of rape in a city or a social group seemed to invariably rise rape awareness campaigns drew attention to the problem in order to help solve it.The answer turned out to be obvious: It’s not that the number of actual rapes went up — it’s that the number of rapes which went up, as women had more awareness and less shame about reporting the crime.) The end result is that more threats to Obama are being reported.And the only reason I’m publishing the essay is that many Obama supporters — to my astonishment — now claim that Bush was never threatened at protests.Before we can have a rational discussion on this topic, we need to have a shared factual basis. If you truly, truly cared about presidents’ lives being threatened, you would be just as incensed by people threatening Bush’s life at protests as you are about (the far less frequent instances of) Obama’s life being threatened at protests.