Did Trump Joke That Clinton Should Be Shot?

At a campaign rally yesterday, Donald Trump seemed to suggest that a way to protect the Second Amendment could be for “Second Amendment people” (i.e., gun owners) to take action against his Democratic rival:

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially, the Second Amendment,” he said. “By the way, and if she gets the pick—if she gets the pick of her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I dunno.”

Was he simply joking? Perhaps. But as The Atlantic points out in analyzing the video of his statement, “At no point in recent American history has the nominee of one of the two major parties even jested about the murder of a rival.” Read more of this post

Guns N’ Robots

One evening last September, my wife and I turned on our DVR to watch the Mr. Robot season finale we’d recorded a month earlier. But instead of the show – whose hero is a brilliant but delusional hacker, adrift in an insane world that that the aptly named Evil Corp controls – the recording offered a brief announcement from the USA Network. It informed us that the episode was postponed because it “contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia.”

We somehow knew those events were some sort of shooting, but puzzled over which such shooting had taken place back in August. “Yeah, I think I remember something about a Virginia attack. Was it that neo-Nazi’s massacre at that church?” “No, I think that was in South Carolina, right?” Read more of this post

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