In a recent editorial, Comics Alliance editor, Laura Hudson, reposted comments by a comics retailer in the wake of the Giffords shooting. The retailer basically said: 1 down, 534 to go.
If you feel that sense of utter rage boiling at the base of your skull and tensing up your shoulders and neck, don't ignore it. Its called "righteous indignation", and its your body telling you that Travis Corcoran is a scum bag, and your body is correct.
I don't disagree with Hudson's editorial. I love me some democracy and sanctity of human life. That said...
People, I am a fan of the first and second amendments, and I am not sure how I feel about getting the FBI on you for saying something dumb online* (I mean, if saying something dumb online was a crime, I'd have been in the electric chair long ago)... but, anyway, it seems that the post at Comics Alliance drew the attention of folks in Law Enforcement (who we respect. And, uh, we absolutely love and we really don't want any trouble). Apparently they have taken all kinds of steps towards making Corcoran's life really uncomfortable. And, uhm... no guns for a while.
Anyway, here's the story.
And here's Comics Alliance's quick attempt to catch up.
Here's Hudson's depiction of herself after learning of the story.
There's definitely some tricky territory here, and I'll let the curiously high number of lawyers I know ponder this one. But its also kind of amazing that Hudson's very-pissed-off editorial, which was not likely to leave the comic geek-o-sphere, got this kind of attention.
If there's a lesson to be learned, its that you do not piss off a comics blogger, or we will bring the NSA down on you and everyone you love.
That said, you know Corcoran's internet "anarchist" buddies are going to be all crazy and "911 was an Inside Job" and maybe throw a brick at a Starbucks over this.
*I should point out, what Corcoran said could be construed as a threat. I'm not going to get into the full extent of his post (its been deleted), but it was also one blip on a site that acted as a soapbox for his anti-government stances. I suppose law enforcement is taking this sort of talk seriously lest we see a string of copy cats (after all, the AZ shooter's stuff was online, too).