I am writing to discuss an editorial published in the paper Aug. 12. In the editorial Mr. Lowry expressed fear about some comments made by Trump at a North Carolina rally where he implied Trump’s statement in reference to Clinton picking Supreme Court justices said there’s nothing you can do “although the Second Amendment people-maybe there is, I don’t know,” somehow was a threat to Mrs. Clinton.
First, let me say I have no intention of defending Mr. Trump, there’s not enough time in the day. But I do take offense with Mr. Lowry’s convoluted method of getting to that implied threat. He indicated the Second Amendment applies only to gun owners, when in fact it applies to everyone. Second, he insulted gun owners in general by insinuating that what else would some of them do but “use their guns,” say for assassination? Isn’t that a little paranoid?
Trump’s quote could just as easily be interpreted as a concern regarding the upholding of the Second Amendment, since Mrs. Clinton could be expected to nominate a judge who is hostile to that constitutional right. By the way, he did not note that in 2008, Hillary Clinton openly implied Obama could be assassinated in reference to what happened to Bobby Kennedy in the 1968 campaign. Apparently that’s not incitement.
Mr. Lowry continued by citing an anonymous blogger’s theory called “stochastic terrorism.” This theory was apparently referenced in the left wing magazine Rolling Stone. The theory states violence or terrorism is likely incited by mass communications. Apparently, he cites specifically Osama Bin Laden and right-wing broadcast personalities as such inciters. Really, he puts terrorists and “right-wing broadcasters” in the same sentence? He fails to cite any real world examples of such violence as a result of “right-wing broadcasters” and none come to mind.
However, a few real world examples seem to support this theory. For example, within the last couple of years, there have been incidents where protestors have chanted, “What do you want? Dead cops. When do you want them? Now,” or “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” These examples, according to the theory, could have led to the multiple incidents of assassination of police in several cities in recent months. The problem is this blogger’s theory has existed for decades, maybe hundreds of years. It is simply a re-statement of the theory that popular records, books, movies, video games and other media have inspired violence. Such as the Manson family murders supposedly inspired by the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter.”
Mr. Lowry doesn’t appear to be alarmed about Clinton, left-wing broadcasters or these inciters, even though violent content continues to be produced by such media. Pardon me, but your bias appears to be showing.