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Should “The Obama Death Tweeter” Be Punished?

Submitted by on March 22, 2010 – 5:03 pm12 Comments

After last night’s health-care vote, a young man by the name of Jay Martin cursed out President Obama via Twitter, stating that he “should be assassinated.”

When fellow tweeters responded to his angry messages, he wrote back “Dead fu**ing serious. Unfollow me if you feel otherwise.”

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Gawker.com caught up with who they referred to as “The Obama Death Tweeter” to get to the bottom of this:

GAWKER: Why were you tweeting death threats against Obama tonight?

MARTIN: Eh.. I have no excuse for that. I don’t really wish death on him or anyone else
I was just being irrational and speaking on raw emotion But there’s no EXCUSE..I did it.. and yea.

GAWKER: So when you said you were “dead serious” about wanting Obama dead what did you mean? Were you joking?

MARTIN: No.. I wasn’t joking. Thats not something you joke about. Again.. I was highly upset and speaking out of anger. I did not mean what I said though.

GAWKER: What about the legal aspect?

MARTIN: As far as the FBI? I don’t really care about them. I said what I said.. And if they take action then so be it.

GAWKER: Were you aware of how serious what you were doing could be? You’re not worried at all about the fact that you could be facing jail time?

MARTIN: No I am Not. And I did not think about consequences. Again..I was speaking out of anger and acted irrationally. Had I been in a rational mind set.. I would not have said it

GAWKER: So do you regret saying it?

MARTIN: Yes. But not because he’s the president.. and not because Of possible jail time. As I said . I don’t wish death on anyone. So yes. I regret threatening another person to that extreme… If I could take it back. I would. But i can’t. So I’m willing to face whatever comes next.

GAWKER: So you were speaking out of anger. What prompted your anger I’m guessing the health care vote?

MARTIN: Yes. And my beliefs on it from what I have researched.

GAWKER: Would you consider yourself a Conservative?

MARTIN: I’m not political. I don’t believe our Government has its citizen’s best interest in mind whether Democrat or Republican.

GAWKER: OK, so that’s why you’re against the health care bill.

MARTIN: Basically yes.

According to his Facebook page, Jay Martin graduated from Vatterott College last year with an IT degree and currently resides in Federal Way, WA. His “About Me” page says: “Socially aware, Deep Thinker, Artistic, Hip Hop Aficionado, Free Thinker, Funny Guy.”

Do you think he should  be punished for making these statements?

Source: Gawker

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