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2016 Election Education Terrorism

This Professor Called Trump’s 2nd Amendment Comments “Terrorism”

Campus Reform
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A law professor at Drexel University called Donald Trump’s reference to “Second Amendment people” a form of terrorism, comparing it to violence against abortion providers by “Christianist Republicans.”
David Cohen claims that Trump’s comment was a form of “stochastic terrorism,” which he admits is a “non-legal” term for vague communications with the potential to incite violence.

A law professor at Drexel University called Donald Trump’s reference to “Second Amendment people” a form of terrorism, comparing it to violence against abortion providers by “Christianist Republicans.”

David S. Cohen, who teaches a mandatory Constitutional Law class for students acquiring a J.D. at Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, writes in an op-ed for Rolling Stone Tuesday that Trump’s comment implying that Second Amendment supporters could do more than vote to prevent Hillary Clinton from picking Supreme Court justices was a form of terrorism.

Trump, speaking in Wilmington, North Carolina on Tuesday, was discussing the potential for a court hand-picked by Clinton to undermine Second Amendment rights.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump said to the packed baseball stadium. “Although the Second Amendment people—maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Immediately following this statement, many media outlets capitalized on the outrage, expressing fears that Trump’s statement could incite violence.

Evidently, Cohen agrees with that assessment, asserting that Trump’s brief statement is “his most outrageous—and dangerous—ad-lib yet.”

Cohen dubbed it “stochastic terrorism,” which is described by a website dedicated to the topic as an obscure and non-legal term that means using language and other forms of communications to incite random actors to carry out violent terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.

Based on this theory, Cohen says it is possible to predict that a possible unknown lone wolf might hear Trump’s call and take action in the future, placing Clinton or her judicial appointees’ lives at risk.

“Though most of the people hearing that call may claim he was joking, given what we know about people taking up arms in this country, there will undoubtedly be some people who think he was serious and consider the possibility…”

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