"CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would make it a felony to threaten violence against military members or their families because they are serving their country.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the proposal would make the threats a felony with up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Rep. Chip Limehouse says he came up with the bill after authorities accused an Army major and psychiatrist of killing 13 people and injuring 30 at Fort Hood in Texas in November.The Charleston Republican says he wants to create another layer of protection for American soldiers and their families, who should never feel threatened on this country's soil because of their service."
1. way to lock the barn door after the horse is stolen!
2. how exactly is a 10,000 fine and a prison sentence going to protect the soldiers and their families? anyone who would carry out an attack on a soldier probably isn't too concerned about prison and probably doesn't have much money
3. soldiers families have a LOT more to fear from soldiers walking around with serious and untreated PTSD and trauma issues than from anti-military civilians and
4. hello thought police? putting someone in prison for 10 years because they threatened someone? isn't that against the 1st Amendment, which soldiers are fighting to protect along with the rest of the Constitution?
Naturally the bill was proposed by a Republican