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Can Death Note replicas be considered death threats?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/27/2009 Category: Religion
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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SpadedDominic

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(the idea of a "Death Note", a book in which a person's name can be written down and they will die, is an idea left over from a Japanese religion. The idea had been distinctly manifested in a popular anime called "Death Note". A "Shinigami" (Japanese for "death god") is said to appear and end the life of a chosen person after the writing of a name. If a cause of death is not stated, the default is a heart attack) http://en.wikipedia.org... (information about simialar chinese cases from same siting and information on how the DN works) () news story of Virginia DN case

A teenage student was discovered harboring a Death Note. It was revealed to have many of his fellow students names written were down. He was promptly suspended and the item was confiscated. Let's say that the terms are the same as some similar cases in Japan and China. The police had sent children to Juvenile hall, stating on their second reason ,aside from safety, was described "superstition", if this were the case for this young man in Virginia, would he not have been protected by the first amendment depicting freedom of worship? This has also been considered an intended threat, but, the hoarded Death Note is not said to have not been intended for discovery, making it plausible that this was not the case. And let's say that there was not a cause of death written. The writer of the popular television program that depicted the book, saying that if a cause of death isn't listed, the default becomes a heart attack. This proves that the young man might have only been attempting to vent his emotional frustrations if he was relying on supernatural powers alone and not using this book as a way to keep plans for any assasinations.

(sorry if some of my political facts aren't right, this is my first time on the site and I'm only a twelve year old)
Me100

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Being that my opponent is pro, I will assume that he is supporting the idea that the "Death Note" is the equivalent of a death threat.
-According to the anime written by Tsugumi Ohba, and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the death note is a supernatural notebook with the ability to kill people. Death Note obviously is a fictional story and therefore whatever happens is not real. The counterfeited notebook should not be considered a threat at all considering that the Death Note is not real, and in fact is just a notebook with names. Regardless whether the kid really is going to kill them or plans on killing them the notebook means nothing and has nothing to do with it.
http://en.wikipedia.org...
-The definition of a death threat goes as: Under state criminal codes, which vary by state, it is an offense to knowingly utter or convey a threat to cause death or bodily harm to any person. It is also an offense to threaten to burn, destroy or damage property or threaten to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that belongs to a person. (http://definitions.uslegal.com...)
The Death Note being able to superficially kill people does not apply to a death threat. Although they do have death in common in order to be classified as a threat the object or action must "convey a threat to cause death or bodily harm to any person." The Death Note in no manner does this, but rather is more like a journal/diary where one writes what he wishes would happen.
Debate Round No. 1
SpadedDominic

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I was intending to be on the side you have chosen, but I beleive that there cannot be enough information to counter except to state if the teen had actually been using this book for plans( being able to prove if the items used in, found, or meant to be bought for a murder was listed inside, also sanity of the teen is questionable) . I am sorry for the misunderstanding (only twelve and first time on the site, sorry!)
Me100

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Me100 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
SpadedDominic

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SpadedDominic forfeited this round.
Me100

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Me100 7 years ago
Me100
SpadedDominic - if you want i can argue the otherside which totally defeats the purpose
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