posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 02:00 PM
Originally posted by GaucheDroite
@CosmicBob, no quarrel with you, just hashing out my POV vs yours. I don't like the double standard being presented. First off the 2nd amendment is
not debatable, AJ is on the right side in this argument with Piers. But joke or not its a threat, again if AJ had said the same thing it would be
front page news and spammed on CNN 24hrs a day, would it not?
Again all I see is you cherry picking, what about the commentators mentioning his children? You can keep side stepping if you want. You can keep
saying it was satire/joke/not serious, etc, but it doesn't change the fact that a threat was made to someone and his family.
No worries GaucheDroite, I've enough sportsmanship in me, I hope, to handle that others might disagree with me.
You have every right to agree with AJ on hid views about the 2nd Amendment, just as I have every right to try and convince you otherwise, whether I'm
successful or not. My view on it however is that nothing is absolutely set in stone, and matters that effect the safety of everyone can and should be
reviewed and freely debated in a changing society. But I believe that is a separate issue for another thread here on ATS, which I'm sure already
I would be inclined to disagree with your statement that if AJ had said the same thing, in the same manner (satirical) it would be headline news.
Again, it is a freedom of speech issue. As long as the entity conducting the interview isn't making actual threats instead of a statement used as a
rhetorical device, it should be allowed.
I would be willing to admit that the statement made by Buzz and the other respondent (who made the statement about AJ's children) was probably in bad
taste, and offensive given the context, but jokes can indeed be offensive. I don't believe, however, that the statements made were in any way with
intent to do actual harm to AJ or his family, and by extension, I don't believe the statements made were necessarily illegal. AJ chose to take it as
a threat and is definitely doing everything he can to let his listeners know about it. This creates an emotional response in his listeners who keep
the buzz (pardon the bad pun) going about him and bring even more attention to him.
Just my view here: If I were given the opportunity to speak to AJ himself, I would tell him to grow up, get over himself and be the better person in
all of this by a show of maturity and grace. Instead, he (or his organisation) perpetuates this idea that he is somehow now public enemy number one
with mafia at his door and life on the line. I'm sure the government has more pressing matters right now than the silly rants of a loud man of whom
most people disregard. It's all pretty creative. Childish, but makes for mediocre entertainment.