The New York Times considers anyone who takes the Second Amendment literally as a danger to society. That group includes Trump supporters, of course. So it’s no surprise that the Old Gray Lady’s sounding the alarm about the possibility that pro-gun Trump supporters will use their firearms to intimidate (shoot?) Clinton voters. Fear Is Driving Voting Rights Advocates and Vigilantes to Watch Polling Stations goes a little something like this . . .
Civil rights groups are also concerned about self-appointed election monitors carrying firearms. A few states with open-carry laws, including Texas and Georgia, bar guns from polling stations. But in many states, the rules are murkier. In New Hampshire, the attorney general’s office is telling election moderators not to turn away people with guns, even if they are present in schools, where federal law generally prohibits firearms.
Brian Buonamano, the assistant attorney general, said the state had no authority to enforce the federal statute. “Folks can vote with a pistol on their hip,” he said.
If I had more time I’d write up Mr. Buonamano as TTAG’s Gun Hero of the Day. Anyway, desperate times call for desperate innuendo.
Some fringe groups say they have mobilized on Mr. Trump’s behalf, including white nationalist organizations that claim to be dispatching volunteers to watch polls and even set up hidden cameras at polling stations . . .
The goal of Oath Keepers, said its founder, Stewart Rhodes, will be to document and report any potential cases of fraud in notebooks and with video cameras. While he declined to estimate how many volunteers will participate, the group claims to have 35,000 members, some of whom have attended protests — including the January occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon — armed with semiautomatic rifles.
See what they did there? The question is, what will Trump supporters do at the polls? I’m thinking…vote. If, however, a single gun owner is arrested at the polls or, God forbid, someone goes postal, no prizes for guessing how the mainstream media will report the incident. Or who they’d ultimately blame.
Meanwhile, just in case you didn’t get the message that Trump supporters are dangerous deplorables, The Times closes its article with some dramatic foreshadowing/character assassination.
Tim Selaty Sr., whose independent grass-roots group, Citizens for Trump, is recruiting volunteers to conduct exit polls in Philadelphia, Cleveland and other cities with large minority populations, said he was convinced Mr. Trump will win. If he does not, Mr. Selaty said, he and other Trump supporters will await their cue from the candidate, who has thus far been evasive on the subject.
“We still believe in the political process,” Mr. Selaty said. “We tell our people: ‘No violence. Put your guns back away.’”
Which assumes Trump supporters’ guns were out in the first place. I wonder how hard The Times had to work to secure/edit that quote to fit their agenda? Hopefully, a lot.