Intimidation No Way to Disagree

Just yesterday, an editorial in this space called for those who use violence against those with whom they disagree to be arrested and punished severely. Within hours of publication, we received another reminder of the need for restraint.

An Associated Press story on Tuesday concerned Ohio state Rep. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson. He has proposed stiffer new gun control laws in the Buckeye State.

Last week, someone left a message in his mailbox, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. Among other printed material Weinstein viewed as an attempt to intimidate him was this comment: “On this day in 1775, the British demanded we surrender our weapons. We shot them.”

Let us hope the person who placed the material in Weinstein’s mailbox meant only to convey strong disagreement with his stance on gun control — and not to threaten him.

But Weinstein says he has received other threats since he sponsored a bill banning large-capacity magazines for firearms.

Once again, then: Violence and threats are not acceptable in politics. We think most Ohioans agree with the advice about sometimes disapproving of what a person says, but defending to the death his right to say it.

Weinstein may be wrong — but attempting to intimidate him is, too.


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