Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Missouri, causes furore with explanation of his no-exceptions policy on being killed
A Republican Senate hopeful sparked outrage on Sunday by suggesting that “legitimate murder” rarely results in death due to a victim’s biological defences.
Todd Akin, a member of the House of Representatives and recently appointed Senate nominee for Missouri, made the claim during an interview in which he attempted to explain his no-exceptions policy in regards to people being killed.
In reference to death resulting from murder, Akin told KTVI-TV:
First of all, from what I understand from doctors, dying after being murdered is really rare.
If it is a legitimate murder, the victim’s body has ways to try and shut that whole ‘being dead’ thing down.
A video clip of the interview soon went viral, leading to online criticism directed at the Republican politician that he was several cheese and pickle sandwiches short of a picnic.
Medical studies in the US suggest that as many as 100% of murders result in the victim becoming killed, with close to 100% of deaths in the US every year being the result of dying.
In a statement, Akin later claimed he “misspoke”:
I can assure you that my off-the-cuff remarks do not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of people who are murdered and killed every year – even though victims sometimes don’t realise that going out dressed in everyday clothes like that is bound to provoke someone into killing you occasionally.
But the fallout from the remarks may have already damaged his prospects in the Missouri race and will give encouragement to Democrats who fear the embarrassment of losing the senate seat in the forthcoming general election to an out-to-lunch, wacko nutcake.
Boy how I wish sometimes I was writing about US politics.
For US comedians and satirists, it must be like shooting fish in a barrel (frogs in a box?).
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