In the wake of a shooting incident that left one bullet lying in "in the exterior area of the White House" and another round stopped by ballistic glass, many were left pondering serious questions. Who could be demented enough to fire shots at the White House? How could the shooter get so close as to fire a round that cracked a window on the second floor residence? Was the alleged shooter, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho, motivated to commit this crime because "hates the president, he hates Washington" (and what gave that away?)?
And then, there is the question most people dared not ask, because they are neither psychotic nor evil: should I shoot the president?
At 2:29 p.m. ET, UT's Lauren E. Pierce wrote: "Y'all as tempting as it may be, don't shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we've EVER had! #2012."
Pierce, the president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, told ABC News the comment was a "joke" and that the "whole [shooting incident] was stupid." Giggling, she said that an attempted assassination would "only make the situation worse."
"Insofar as she’s a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn't be said, but she's made a positive statement in a way," said Cassie Wright, the group's vice president.
Thank you, for that "positive" public service announcement. I await future UT College Republican PSAs with baited breath:
"Y'all, as fun as it sounds, don't repeatedly hit yourself in the stomach with a tire iron."
"Y'all, as yummy as it is, cyanide is not a part of a balanced diet."
"Y'all, as tempting as it may be, don't send dumbass tweets about how appealing it might be to shoot the president."
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