A former English professor who became a lawyer said that anybody who believes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Second Amendment comments were a joke, shouldn't be laughing.
"To say humor is social act is to say it is always in social context; we don't joke alone,” tweeted Jason Steed, a Dallas-based appellate attorney, according to Vox. “Humor is a way we relate/interact with others.”
At a rally in North Carolina on Aug. 9, Trump told his supporters that if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins the November election, she would pick Supreme Court justices that would repeal the Second Amendment.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said, according to The New York Times. He then added: “Although the Second Amendment people -- maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Media pundits went into a fury, saying Trump's remarks advocated violence against Clinton. The insinuation, many have said, was that gun rights advocates should assassinate Clinton to prevent Supreme Court judges who would restrict gun ownership.
Trump has repeatedly denied he insinuated violent actions should be taken.
“Media desperate to distract from Clinton's anti-2A stance,” Trump tweeted. “I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!”
Although Trump didn't say he was joking, Steed, who said he wrote a college dissertation on “the social function of humor (in literature and film),” believes that anybody who wrote off the comment as a joke, is wrong.
“[W]e use humor to bring people into - or keep them out of - our social groups. This is what humor *does.* What it's for,” Steed wrote. “Consequently, how we use humor is tied up with ethics - who do we embrace, who do we shun, and how/why?”