Michigan gun rights groups and state lawmakers have defended a Lake Superior State University student charged with terrorism over his remarks that his new AR-15 would “Make Snowflakes Melt.” Lucas Gerhard faces up to 20 years in prison over his comment that he shared on Snapchat alongside his new AR-15 with a caption: “Takin this bad boy up, this outta make the snowflakes melt, aye? And I mean snowflakes as in snow.”
Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland Township) has introduced new legislation on making terrorism threat and making a false report of terrorism. The current definition of a terrorist threat in Michigan does not require the existence of a target for comments to be considered as terrorist threats. Rep Reilly noted that the legislation was too broad and Lucas’ comments were protected under the First Amendment.
”It's a travesty that the county prosecutor charged him with any crime, for something that is clearly and undeniably protected speech under the First Amendment."
Republican state Rep. Beau Matthew LaFave has asked the prosecutor to drop the charges. He indicated that Lucas was not a terrorist and reiterated that his remarks were protected by the First Amendment. Michigan Open Carry President Tom Lambert held a press conference alongside Lucas's father, retired Marine Col. Mark Gerhard.
Guns are allowed on campus after registration and Lucas reported on campus and surrendered his firearm to public safety for registration and safekeeping as stipulated by the school regulations. He was arrested later after questioning by the police.
Lucas was studying to become a police officer before the unfortunate infringement of his first amendment took place. The police arrested him after one of his friends whom he had a political argument with saw the post and “felt offended” thus reporting him to the authorities. His trial is scheduled for March 18 and he has already spent 83 days in prison without bail.
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