Search Continues for Suspected Killer of Maryland Judge

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    The Facts

    • Authorities on Monday were still searching for Pedro Manuel Argote, who is suspected of shooting and killing Maryland Circuit Court Judge Andrew Wilkinson last Thursday outside the judge’s home in north central Maryland.

    • The Washington County Sheriff's Office said over the weekend that it found Argote's suspected silver Mercedes SUV in a wooded area in Williamsport, approximately eight miles from where the judge was shot in Hagerstown.

    The Spin

    Right narrative

    This is yet another example of how laws imposed by Democrats to limit the Second Amendment rights of citizens don't work. Maryland, which has a Democratic governor, has bans on so-called assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and other gun-control measures, yet this tragedy still took place. This is another case of a criminal committing heinous crimes, not the gun itself being evil.

    Democratic narrative

    The odds of a tragedy of this magnitude happening would have been greatly reduced had there been more stringent restrictions on access to firearms. Argote's wife cited his weapons among the reasons she felt threatened by him, and there was a history of him being abusive. Expanded gun laws would keep people like Argote from being armed, but the GOP is resisting these common-sense measures.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that there will be at least 1.40 small firearms per capita in the USA by 2029, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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