After the news of the Boston Marathon bombings, politicians and Fox News contributors alike took to social media to express themselves. Some made interesting, insightful points. Others? Not so much.
New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R) is the latest official to make headlines for his Twitter commentary. The senator suggested via Twitter Friday night that the U.S. should use torture on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in order to protect more lives.
So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn't use torture on this punk to save more lives?
— Greg Ball (@ball4ny) April 20, 2013
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Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, are allegedly responsible for setting off two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing an MIT police officer, and throwing other bombs at police officers during a high-speed chase.
In addition to Ball, Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell (R) recently decided to insensitively politicize the terror as he was safely cowering at his computer a couple states away, writing on Twitter Friday morning: “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?" Bell later apologized for the poor “timing” of the tweet.
Shortly after the bombings, before any suspects had been announced, Fox News contributor Erik Rush took to Twitter to express his distaste of all Muslims, responding to an outraged Twitter user, “Yes, they’re evil. Let’s kill them all.”
Though the terror these brothers caused should not be minimized, there are serial killers — born and bred in America — with higher death tolls and longer reigns of terror who got fair treatment from America's justice system. Utah-born Israel Keyes was one such serial killer, believed to be responsible for as many as 12 deaths nationwide over the course of over a decade. Keyes killed himself in jail in 2011 after he was caught and charged for the death of his last victim, 18-year-old Samantha Koenig in Alaska.
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The first amendment ensures people the freedom of speech, but there is something to be said about using it responsibly and not unleashing extreme tactics simply because it 'feels right' to do so.