Canada –-(Ammoland.com)- Social media is a double-edged sword. Its very benefit, instantaneous communication with others, can also land you in hot water.
Bad government frustrates us all and social media allows us to express that frustration with our elected officials in mere seconds. But failure to think before hitting the “Send” button can also land you in prison for uttering threats.
Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from the consequences of that speech.
Section 264.1 of the Criminal Code deals with uttering threats. The maximum penalty for a conviction under this section is five years in prison. This is a serious crime that carries serious prison time.
The RCMP takes online threats extremely seriously, as they should.
For example, in January 2016, while aboard a VIA Rail train bound for Toronto, James Martin Platts was overheard threatening to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his entire family and other female Members of Parliament. Coburg Police arrested him and pulled him off the train and charged him with uttering threats. While Platts pled not guilty and Ontario Court Justice Stuart W. Konyer ultimately acquitted him on …Read the Rest