Donald Trump brags that he could murder someone in public and that his followers would still support him. Really?
Donald Trump brags that he could murder someone in public and that his followers would still support him. Really?

A leading politician just stood in front of a podium and boasted that his supporters would still back him if he murdered someone in public.

Donald Trump boasted Saturday that support for his presidential campaign would not decline even if he shot someone in the middle of a crowded street.

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump said at a campaign rally here.

Alrighty, then.

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We try to constrain our musings on the 2016 political candidates in both major parties to their views on the Second Amendment. We’ve seen solid pro-Second Amendment candidates in both parties drop out early (Rick Perry and Scott Walker bow out so early on the Republican side, and Jim Webb for the Democrats), and have seen truly deplorable ones advance.

Sadly and somewhat surprisingly, occasional Republican Donald Trump (he’s switched his party registration more often than Miley Cyrus twerks) is still one of the top contenders for the GOP, despite his prior support of waiting periods and bans on common semi-automatic firearms. Like Michael Bloomberg, Trump is a huge fan of having guns within his reach to save his life, but his record on defending your right to self-defense seems seasonal, at best.

We will note that as a Presidential candidate, Trump has sworn to protect and defend the 2nd Amendment.

But bragging that his fans are so loyal that he could murder a random person on a whim in the middle of the street in New York City isn’t the act of someone who cares about the natural right of armed self-defense. If anything, it betrays the kind of temperament of a person who probably has impulse control problems, and should not be around firearms without close adult supervision.

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for in the primaries. That is a decision that you have to make on your own.

I will ask you to think long and hard about the character and temperament  of the individuals running for office.