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Conspiring to cut off and freeze a woman’s head, kill another man and shoot eight people…Protected by "Free Speech" (?!)

March 21, 2008

Conspiring to cut off and freeze a woman’s head, kill another man and shoot eight people is protected “free speech,” according to Attorney Jackson M., Zanerhaft, defense attorney for Tywone Dion Parks. Parks is facing a felony charge of planning or conspiring to perform acts of violence, reports The Oklahoman.

Parks is a (now former) Rogers State University student, and the people targeted in the murder plot were associated with Rogers State University in Claremore, OK. The Case File CF-2008-123 records the account of Parks’ alledged plans included in the police report:

…Planned to cut off the head of Paula Blalock and stick it in his freezer by obtaining a small ax and practicing the same by cutting off the head of a dog.

Planned to commit violence of kill Brandon Gaffney by having weapons and outlining plans in writing.

Further planning to commit a Rogers State Massacre involving the shooting of eight students and having weapons and having a plan of action.

Ironically, if Parks had not been apprehended prior to carrying out his plans, law-abiding students at Rogers State University, under current Oklahoma law, would not have been able to excercise their constitutional rights to bear arms and protect themselves; yet Parks is asserting a rather bizarre interpretation of his constitutional right to free speech as his defense in this case.

Legislation is currently being considered in the Oklahoma legislature to allow students with military training and Oklahoma concealed-carry permits to carry weapons on campus to protect themselves in the event of just such an attempted massacre.

Free Speech Has Real Consequences

October 4, 2007

by Mary Fallin

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the various uses and abuses of “free speech.” Two events in particular have sparked a great amount of controversy.The first was the running of a MoveOn.org ad in the pages of The New York Times. The ad questioned the patriotism and honesty of Gen. David Petraeus, our top commander in Iraq. Disturbingly, The New York Times admitted that it gave MoveOn a deeply discounted rate to run the attack ad, which sparked outrage from members of both political parties.

The second event was Monday’s forum at Columbia University hosting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran. Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier who has repeatedly called for the destruction of the state of Israel. He presides over a government that acts in defiance of the United Nations, is guilty of abhorrent human rights violations and is a known state sponsor of terrorism. For more than an hour, he was allowed to spew his hateful and ignorant line of thinking to Columbia University students and anyone with basic cable.

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