Boston Business Owner Encourages Others to Shoot Politicians

Boston Business Owner Encourages Others to Shoot Politicians

Published January 24, 2011

A Boston-based comic book dealer had all of his guns seized after suggesting in the days following the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that other politicians should be shot too.

Travis Corcoran runs the comic book site HeavyInk, and he used to blog at the site TJICistan (now defunct). In the hours after alleged gunman Jared Loughner shot Giffords in the head, Corcoran took to his blog and posted “1 Down, 534 to Go” (there are 535 senators and congresspeople).

“It is absolutely, absolutely unacceptable to shoot 'indiscriminately,’” Corcoran wrote. “Target only politicians and their staff, and leave regular citizens alone.”

Working on tips from the public, Arlington, Massachusetts, police stormed Corcoran's home last week, confiscated his “large amount” of guns and invalidated his gun license.

“We certainly take this as a credible threat, and credible until we prove otherwise,” said Arlington Police Captain Robert Bongiorno.

Thus far, Corcoran, who has described himself as an “anarcho-capitalist,” has not been taken into custody or charged with a crime. But perhaps politicians can sleep safer knowing he’s no longer legally armed. We know we can.

Written by Cord Jefferson

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