Last night, two heavily armed gunmen, equipped with AK-47s and drum-type, high capacity magazines were shot and killed by alert police after they opened fire on an unarmed security guard assigned to protect a First Amendment, Free Speech event in Garland Texas. The event was organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), headed by Pam Geller and featured drawings and depictions of Mohammed, believed to be a prophet & messenger of God by devout Muslims. As underscored by the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Muslims have resorted to terrorism and murder to prevent anyone from displaying imagery of Mohammed.
AFDI hosted the event to underscore a core American belief enshrined in the United States Constitution that Americans have a broad, inalienable right to free speech so long as others are not directly endangered by that speech. But the New York Times saw it differently and couldn't help but take an unfair swipe at the AFDI. On May 4, the paper ran the following headline; "Official Identifies One Suspect in Attack at Texas Anti-Islam Event," (emphasis added).