A Tennessee law renewing the use of the electric chair has reignited debate over capital punishment. 

On May 22, morning commuters in El Paso, Texas, were unnerved to see two mannequins hanging by nooses, one on each of two roadside billboards accompanied by graffiti-style threats often made by Mexican drug cartels. The words “PLATO O PLOMO” (“silver or lead”) were written in white paint on one of the billboards. The phrase is widely taken to mean “Accept a bribe or be killed by a bullet.”

On the surface, Elliot Rodger had it all. The son of a Hollywood director, he lived a life of opulence and opportunity, able to attend private schools, receiving VIP passes for special events and film premieres, and visiting six different countries by the age of four. He regularly bought expensive designer clothes, wore $300 Armani sunglasses, and could fly first class. But his unfulfilled desires for women’s attention and sex would drive him to despair, jealousy and, ultimately, to murder and suicide.

How long, indeed, before citizens will be allowed to defend themselves against such malcontents?

Dinesh D'Souza claims that he was selectively prosecuted (for arranging to make illegal campaign contributions to a friend in 2012), but he can't offer proof.

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