Rapper Arrested for Dangerous Lyrics

Rapper Arrested for Dangerous Lyrics
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A Florida-based rapper has been arrested following the passage of a bill in response to a mass shooting in Florida.

According to The Daily Wire:

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."

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"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.

The authorities have tried to compare the new law to the age-old law of not yelling fire in a crowded theater.

 Source: American Update

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