Asked if he envisions US troops firing on anyone in the groups of
migrants, Trump told reporters at the White House: “I hope not. I hope
not — but it’s the military.”
“I hope there won’t be that,” Trump said, but added that anybody
throwing rocks or stones at the military service members will be
considered to be using a firearm, “because there’s not much difference
when you get hit in the face with a rock.”
that one has the potential to age real poorly, good god
A lot of the inflammatory rhetoric about the migrant caravans is clearly war drums for the election run-up, but I think this had to be off-the-cuff lunacy, because the US debates around gun control and police aggression are already heated enough without lobbing “a rock is basically the same as a rifle” into play.
Someone definitely needs to do the gun-control angle with this and argue that banning all guns is a reasonable limit under the second amendment because people can always throw rocks for home defense (so long as they don’t use some sort of aftermarket kit to allow them to throw multiple rocks in rapid succession).
paint it black and it’s an assault rock
And if you hit somebody with it that’s assault with a deadly weapon.
Wait, I meant of course, “Boo Trump!”
Now, I get to criticize Trump because, As Has Been Established Before, I don’t think governments have any legitimacy, I’m not just into “open borders,” I’m into “borders aren’t real.” Trump is a shitpail.
But he’s a shitpail because he’s doing what you want him to do! If you’re not into open borders, Trump is doing what you want him to do. You’re either into “open borders” or you’re into “using as much force, up to and including lethal, as is necessary to prevent unwanted entry.” There’s no mid-point where you’re into closed borders but not into preventing people from crossing.