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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU IMPLY

Man walks into a drugstore wearing a hoodie and says to the clerk, this is a robbery, give me the money, I have a gun. Clerk was scared and handed over the money.  Man did not touch the clerk nor did he have a gun.  The Supreme Court of Canada has made the semantic leap that the implied threat that did not injure or put anyone in imminent danger was itself an ACT of violence. The court ruled that “all threats of violence are themselves violent, even though the seriousness of the violence may be quite limited.”

Unarmed robber’s threat — ‘I have a gun’ — was in itself a violent act: Supreme Court ruling | National Post.

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