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Some Reactions To The Attempted Terrorist Attack In Garland Blame The Victims

Some of the reactions to the attempted mass shooting in Garland, Texas were less than understand of the concept of freedom of speech.

The event, featuring Geert Wilders, a Dutch lawmaker and outspoken critic of radical Islam, offered $10,000 to the person who drew the best picture of Mohammad. While much of the reaction was outrage over the concept of two men, both of which were shot and killed by security, attempting to murder people for drawing a picture, some were less sympathetic.

Rukmini Callimachi, who describes herself in her Twitter bio as “Foreign correspondent for The New York Times, focusing on Islamic extremism,” questioned why anyone would hold such an event.

CNN contributor and Huffington Post employee Marc Lamont Hill had a similar take.

Radical cleric Anjem Choudary concurs.

Glenn Greenwald, himself a major beneficiary of the First Amendment, wanted to make sure his followers knew the event was organized by people deemed “anti-Muslim.”

The problem, it seems to some, isn’t those who would murder people who do/say/draw things they don’t like, but the concept of free speech itself.

Not everyone, however, is blaming the victims of the attack.