I Messed Up on the O'Reilly Factor Tonight
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the reason it would have been irresponsible for HULC to invite Jim Gilchrist is because of the violence he encourages and enables with his speech. There are countless examples of this. Jim Gilchrist advocated violence in his statement about being disinvited at Harvard:It is obvious why our Founding Fathers placed the Second Amendment directly after the First Amendment. When free speech is no longer an irrevocable right, well, that's what the Second Amendment is for...to preserve the First Amendment...for everyone on U.S. territory.In a statement about being uninvited from Harvard I can only interpret this as a threat to bring guns to Harvard to "defend" his right to speak. This would be fine if this was all talk and no action, but the case of Shawna Forde has shown us that there can be deadly consequences to this sort of speech.Jim Gilchrist - Minuteman Project (16 October 2009)
Forde, the head of Minuteman American Defense, is being tried for shooting and killing a 9-year-old girl Brisenia Flores, and her father, in an apparent attempt to finance her nativist activism. The only way to truly understand the consequences of hateful speech like Gilchrist's is to hear the audio of Brisenia Flores' mother when she dialed 911 to report that her husband and her daughter were shot and killed. (WARNING: Listening to this audio might be traumatic for those who have suffered violence. I have only listened to it once and that was enough.) Jim Gilchrist is a close associate of Shawna Forde's and has defended her in the past.
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Thanks to Jackie Mahendra at America's Voice for recording this video and sending this over to me. Again, not the best performance. I wasn't able to make the most important point. I learned my lesson. Lead off with your most... Read More