- The Washington Times - Friday, February 3, 2017

The newest cover issue of Village magazine is causing backlash for depicting President Trump with a gun crosshairs on his head.

The Dublin-based current affairs magazine is making no apologies for placing a crosshairs graphic over the new U.S. president’s left temple and blaring the title, “WHY NOT.”

The magazine boasted the cover in a tweet Friday morning, prompting a wave of negative responses.

Village editor Michael Smith told The Sun that the “WHY NOT” title is being misinterpreted.

“WHY NOT signals an explanation ‘why not’; not a question ‘why not?’” he said. “It’s not an incitement to anything. We’re politically correct, right-on, the last magazine that would recommend violence or killing anyone.

“Our cover is a provocation to think,” he added. “Village is a) a magazine of ideas and b) aims to challenge. The methodology of the editorial which backs the cover and conclusion are clear.”

The article that accompanies the cover, reads in part, “We have one of the worst men in the most powerful position, one where he can do damage to millions, to billions, to the planet.”

“So perhaps the solution is tyrannicide. As he might say himself – ‘take him out,’” it continues. “Tyrannicide has had support from various philosophers and theologians through the centuries, including the ancient Greeks and Romans, most notably Cicero; Catholics, most notably John of Salisbury (d. 1180); and Protestants, most notably, Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin.”

Citing natural law, utilitarianism and rights theories, the article goes on to conclude that killing the president would be unethical, “even in the case of Trump.”

“He will fall on a metaphorical sword, he does not need one wielded by a third party. Shooting Trump is unnecessary and disproportionate,” it reads.

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