The teenager shot many of his victims in the head with his father's legally registered pistol.
This shows the gun registration laws work! If only we made it illegal to shoot people in the first place, all our problems would be solved. Oh wait...
They do have a point though - communications infrastructure is very important both for the economic wellbeing of the country, and to allow other branches of the military to coordinate and defend the country.
There really shouldn't be any reason to not consider traditional armed responses to digital attacks. People can cause damage. A teenage hacker may not have the same violent intent as a suicide bomber or a rogue nation plotting a traditional war, but that doesn't stop them from doing something malicious with serious repercussions.
It sounds good in theory, but like the parent, I also look at our country's history of using good judgment in situations like this, and worry.
People are going to be shocked when they discover that the version of Windows 7 they acquired through a Torrent site (at $0 cost) isn't genuine.
As written, I think this bill infringes on "free speech". But I don't think people should be allowed to say anything they want without consequences. At some point, hate speech can be interpreted as a real threat, and people have the right to defend themselves against real threats.
"with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person"
The common argument is that free speech should always be free, no matter what. This bill goes against that by trying to establish some limits on free speech.
It's definitely not as glamorous as a PS3, but they're a completely different market.