Free Speech

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The National Rifle Association is breaking its silence after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, promising a full news conference on Friday and “meaningful contributions to help make sure [something like Sandy Hook] never happens again.’’  The group has received a lot of public criticism for their staunch position on 2nd Amendment rights, but a former NRA political director is claiming that we might hear the same old speeches from the group. “When the emotions come down, I’m sure you’ll hear the NRA address this issue. It’ll be in January when legislation is introduced. They’ll testify at hearings. You’ll hear the same kind of arguments that I’d come up with,” said Richard Feldman, who worked on behalf of the group in the 1980s and remains an advocate for their cause. We’ve already gotten a hint of what one of those arguments will be: that it’s violent movies, not access to firearms that are doing the real damage. “If we’re going to have a conversation, then let’s have a comprehensive conversation,” an industry insider told Fox News.  “If we’re going to talk about the Second Amendment, then let’s also talk about the First Amendment, and Hollywood, and the video games that teach young kids how to shoot heads. If you really want to stop incidents like this, passing one more law is not going to do a damn thing.”

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According to the LA Times, Congressman Peter King of the great state of New York is urging the CIA and the Department of Defense to take a look into Kathryn Bigelow‘s forthcoming, still-untitled movie about killing Osama Bin Laden. Apparently, Mr. King thinks the government should have script approval. Why is he calling for such a probe? It’s not readily obvious that he has any evidence to warrant it, but the movie deals with very sensitive subject matter, and that, for Mr. King, seems to be reason enough. On the one hand, it’s absolutely important that the movie not contain any classified secret or top secret information on how the raid was carried out, but on the other, what Mr. King is insinuating is that government officials and CIA members that cooperated with the production may have given out secret information. “I’m very concerned that any sensitive information could be disclosed in a movie,” King told the Times. “The procedures and operations that we used in this raid are very likely what we’ll use in other raids. There’s no way a director would know what could be tipping off the enemy.”

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