Christopher Fox, 39, was charged with making a threat against a public official, authorities said.
He was taken into custody by San Jose police and is awaiting extradition here.
When the story first broke, I thought anyone who claims to take the mayor's remarks seriously as a threat, like Kurt did in his article, was just doing the old rhetorical trick of the gun rights debaters: exaggerate the fault of the enemy and argue as if it's true.
But now I'm wondering. It seems inconceivable to me that anyone could have sincerely taken the silly remarks of Mayor Daley seriously, but maybe they did. This guy in California actually picked up the phone, dialled up Chicago and left a message.
Didn't he, or Kurt Hofmann for that matter, realize the mayor was really saying "guns are dangerous and if you get shot with one you'd realize it?" Didn't they understand it was a gritty or shocking way to express that simple truth of gun control theory?
I still think Kurt realized all that and took advantage of the situation to get on his soap box, the inevitable result being that the less intellectually gifted readers take it so seriously they spring into action by truly threatening people.
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