The authorities have tried to compare the new law to the age-old law of not yelling fire in a crowded theater.
A new law in Florida enacted after the horrific mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year has prompted the arrest of a Florida-based rapper.
On Tuesday, deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office arrested a 26-year-old rapper living in Ocala, Florida. The reason for the arrest: he threatened a mass shooting at a University of Florida football game and potentially a night club in one of his raps. Under revised Florida laws, threatening a mass shooting is a potential criminal offense.
In a report on the controversy surrounding the case, the Gainesville Sun's Cindy Swirko provides some details about the context and content of the rapper's song. In a March 22 Facebook post, the rapper posted lyrics criticizing another rapper about whom he threatened to "catch you at a Gator game and shoot the whole campus up."
"Under Florida statutes, threatening to kill or injure someone is a felony, as is writing, composing, sending or procuring something that indicates the person will conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism, sheriff’s Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said," writes Swirko.