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Loc: Whittier, California
Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
I'm sure everybody has heard about the Montana candidate who assaulted a reporter for asking a question. He got cited for assault and then went on to win his election.
But the most interesting point here is should reporters carry defensive weapons like pepper spray and use it when they are assaulted? I don't think they have any obligation to just accept being assaulted without defending themselves, do they?
And what would the Secret Service do if a candidate or politician they are guarding attacks someone, and the victim uses their pepper spray?
The question of what a Secret Service agent is supposed to do when their client is on the attack is a very good one. I assume that they're supposed to protect and defend their charges regardless. So if you are a journalist who is attacked by a candidate or elected official, even if the attack was illegal and unprovoked, even if you DO have the legal right to defend yourself, you're still going to get arrested and charged with some type of offense, and the Secret Service IS going to get involved. But that's going to happen even if it's not the Secret Service, even if it is the candidate's own private security. In the proposed alternate reality put forth by Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman James Buchal, private security might even consist of the local armed militia.
So you may even end up having to defend yourself against Oath Smellers or Three Percenters...ahhh Hell, let's just call them what they really are:
Why is it that Nazis are so sensitive to people in the real world calling them what they are? Shouldn't they be proud of being Nazis? When they think no one else is around they sure seem proud of it.