Arizona Uses The Banhammer Against Your Freedom To Troll Online

Arizona just can’t resist writing insane legislature that violates the rights of others.  After getting butt hurt about not being able to randomly arrest immigrants they have decided the next best thing would be to violate basic freedom of speech.  A new telecommunication harassment bill awaiting approval from the state governor wants to do just that.

Part of the bill reads like this:

“It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use a ANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.”

Notice how the wording of this is so broad that this makes just about any argument on the internet an arrestable offense, and it certainly outlaws trolling.  It turns out violating this law comes with a Class 1 Misdemeanor charge, which can become six months in jail and a $2500 fine- ouch!

How on Earth did the state legislature come up with such a stupid law?  Did a senator get trolled on 4Chan and vow revenge?  Are Arizona lawmakers upset that the cries for help they post on forums are only replied to with phrases like “U MAD?”  Do they not enjoy the LULZ?  Are they unable to understand reverse-trolling?  Fortunately this law will probably be taken down immediately by the Supreme Court, because of that whole “Bill Of Rights” thing lawmakers seem to hate so much.


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