Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Freedom to be an idiot

I'm a little behind the times (so what's new) because I only just read about this today (h/t CP):

James Buss, 46, was arrested last week for the Nov. 16 post he made on, a popular conservative blog that covers Wisconsin politics.

Buss wrote their salaries made him sick because teachers are lazy and work only five hours a day. He praised Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide in the April 1999 attack at Columbine High School.
It's an idiotic, trolling comment to make--I don't think anyone with half a brain would argue with that. But arresting the guy and then continuing to hold him even after finding nothing incriminating in his house or his past? That's just as ridiculous. The boys at B&S put it pretty well, actually:

I realize that in a post-Columbine world that everyone is hypersensitive about any mention of Columbine or school shootings. But this comment was clearly just talk. When I gave the detective the IP address, I assumed that they would find him, chew him out a bit for being an idiot, and leave it alone. The fact that the West Bend Police decided to actually arrest him in the absence of any additional evidence of this guy being a threat is out of line.

I encourage the District Attorney’s office to promptly no bill this matter. Yes, we need to be concerned with statements like this and it was appropriate for the police to look into it. But once they found out that he was no threat and once the comment had been removed, thus eliminating the likelihood that the comment would encourage anyone else to commit violence, they should have dropped it.

Indeed. Otherwise, where do we draw the line? Or will there even be a line at all?

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