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May 25th, 2012

Blogging and Guns Drawn and Memorial Day

A terrifying story over at Patterico’s Pontifications, written by conservative blogger and Los Angeles prosecutor Patrick Frey. This is a very short snippet:

At 12:35 a.m. on July 1, 2011, sheriff’s deputies pounded on my front door and rang my doorbell. They shouted for me to open the door and come out with my hands up.

When I opened the door, deputies pointed guns at me and ordered me to put my hands in the air. I had a cell phone in my hand. Fortunately, they did not mistake it for a gun.

They ordered me to turn around and put my hands behind my back. They handcuffed me. They shouted questions at me: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOUSE? and WHERE ARE THEY? and ARE THEY ALIVE?

Considering that the issue of free speech is how the cops arrived at his door, the story is extraordinary. Why they arrived at his door is the subject of his piece.

On the same subject, Popehat has a piece on why free speech is important, not just for those you agree with, but for those you don’t.

And Scott Greenfield has more on why it’s so important to pass the word around regarding these issues.

This is Memorial Day weekend. People fought and died for this country based upon its core principles. One of those principles is free speech. It’s something to think about when you see those flags in your neighborhood.

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