2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Stolen Valor Act gets a bit of bite back into it...

(I should point out...this is a REAL and legit Marine Generals rack)
The California 9th District Court of Appeals recently ruled that while you may claim in speech or writing to have earned medals or awards from the military without any crime being committed under the protection of the free speech clause of the 1st Amendment....actually physically wearing said medals or awards is in violation of governing regulation and therefore is a chargeable offense!  I bet posers all over the internet are now scrambling to take their pics down off of hosting sites now that this statue has been allowed from the previous law.

Dude....you're f#$Ked!!
Its important to note that the person wearing the medal must be shown to possess an "intent to deceive" when wearing the medal or award, and is not wearing them in such a capacity that the observer would know that the wearer was making an artistic, sympathetic or political statement with them.  This protects actors in films, children who may wear their parents or grandparents medals as a show of pride, or even war protesters dressing up like soldiers as part of some gregarious display.   All of these events would be protected under the 1st Amendment as we all know actors, young children and long haired hippies strung out on weed most likely did not earn those awards, and most importantly they do not claim to have earned them in conjunction with their wearing of them.

Small victory for the good guys!

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