Assuredly, he will be girded with the "he was only talking in jest" defense. It's no defense and gun violence is no joke.
The problem is that casual violence as a political solution is way too commonplace in GOP parlance. There's this guy, this guy, this guy, and this woman to name a few. These aren't fringe loners taking pot shots. These are elected officials or people who made these comments in the process of seeking elected office. The former should not be accepted as representative of where a party stands. The latter does, yet where is the outrage for GOP sponsorship of all of this violence against their fellow citizens?
Just over a month ago, Republicans tried to link the "tone of Democrats" to the shooting of GOP Rep. Steve Scalise and others on a Virginia baseball field. No Democrat called for any Republican to be shot in recent history, yet here we are and weeks later, a GOP representative from Texas is brandishing gun threats over the air.
There is your GOP standard of decency.
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fought out with guns.